News and events


BioExplor progress report for the period February 2023 to January 2024

The following research tasks were carried out:

  1. The development of a mutant strain of a Monascus fungus with enhanced productivity of red pigment, a compound with wide-ranging applications in the food industry.
  2. Isolation of a fungus producing the carotenoid β-Carotene.
  3. Isolation of a fungus producing the black pigment melanin.


BioExplor group member defended her master thesis

Daria Mykhailova conducted her master’s thesis under the BioExplor project and supervised by the project PI.


Public Lecture about the BioExplor during Fungifest event

Magdalena Kloc presented a lecture about the BioExplor work to the public at the event Fungifest (


Cooperation with Switzerland

Project Mentor and Project Manager performed a successful study visit to the Institute of Life Technologies of the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO//Valais-Wallis) after a kind invitation from Prof. Wolfram Bruck. The significant result of the visit was the cooperation with the institute and Prof. Bruck joined the BioExplor group.


Group members disseminate project's experimental results

During local conferences, Daria Mykhailova and Magdalena Kloc presented experimental results from the BioExplor project.


Project manager received prize

The project manager Dr. El Sayed Ali received the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences Rector’s Award for scientific achievements of the year 2023.


BioExplor progress report for the period November 2022 to January 2023

The following research tasks were carried out:

  1. Collection of plant samples and isolation of endophytic fungi. Twelve plant species were used as follows: Larix decidua, Pinus sylvestris, Corylus avellana, Alnus glutinosa, Quercus robur, Fagus sylvatica, Picea abies, Populus tremula, Sorbus aucuparia, Acer platanoides, Betula pendula, and Robinia pseudoacacia. The plant species were identified with the help of Dr. Katarzyna Patejuk from the Department of Plant Protection, UPWr. About 45 fungal isolates were purified and stored.
  2. All the isolated endophytic fungi were grown on liquid media. After incubation, the biomass was separated from the culture filtrate. Both of them were extracted separately by organic solvent.
  3. The prepared crude extracts were checked for the presence of antimicrobial, antioxidant, and antienzymatic activities.
  4. Crude extracts with color were selected and are under chemical analysis for the presence of carotenoids and other pigments.


BioExplor Team Members gathering picture


Project PI and Mentor attended the kick-off meeting organized by NCN for the POLONEZ BIS 1 call

National Science Centre (NCN) Poland organized an official kick-off meeting of the projects awarded to fellows in POLONEZ BIS call 1 on 12-13 December 2022 in Krakow.  This meeting provided opportunities for the fellows and mentors from various part of the Poland to interact with each other.  More than 60 researchers including the fellows and mentors were attending the event and had a first opportunity for networking among themselves.


BioExplor - Project kick-off

The project ‘BioExplor’ started on November 1, 2022 at the Department of Biocatalysis and Food Chemistry, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences (UPWr). The project PI, Dr. El Sayed Ramadan El Sayed Ali is employed as a visiting professor and the project mentor is Prof. Filip Boratyński.