Adam Ossowicki

Adam Ossowicki

Environmental microbiologist

Soil & Water Research Infrastructure

  • Biology Centre CAS
  • Na Sádkách 7, 370 05 České Budějovice
  • Czech Republic

I am an environmental microbiologist interested in unraveling microbiome related functions of soil on mechanistic level. Studying pure cultures of microorganisms in laboratory conditions brings a lot of key knowledge to the soil functioning but does not answer all our questions. Interactions between (micro)organisms seems to be crucial in understanding soil. But how to find a way among myriads of soil life forms? Integrating phenotypic data with genomics, metagenomics metabolomics and other gives us a chance to decipher biological systems as complicated as soil. In my current work I am studying interactions between Actinobacteria and soil fauna mediated by volatile compounds. I am also interested in the relation between millipede gut microbiome and soil microbiome.

Education and Academic Positions

  • 2021 - present PostDoctoral Researcher Biology Centre CAS, SoWa RI, České Budějovice, Czech Republic. Project title: "Interactions between soil Actinobacteria and soil fauna via volatiles"
  • 2016 - 2020 PhD student Netherlands Institute of Ecology, the Netherlands. Project title: “Harnessing the soil microbiome for improved stress tolerance in crop plants”
  • 2012 - 2016 Research Assistant University of Gdansk, Poland. Project title: “Traits involved in biological control of plant pathogens by Pseudomonas sp.P482 in vitro”
  • 2010 and 2012 BSs and MSc in Biotechnology University of Gdansk, Poland. MSc. thesis title: “Characterization of factors responsible for antagonism of Pseudomonassp.P482 strain against bacterial pathogens of potato”

Research Interests

  • Ecology of soil systems
  • Soil microbe interactions
  • Biological control of plant pathogens
  • Soil virome
  • Metabolomics and Metagenomics
  • Multi-omics and data integration

Teaching Interests

  • 2012 - 2016 Laboratory classes of “Industrial Microbiology” -2015-2016 Substitute lecturer “Introduction to Biotechnology” -Co-author of “Industrial Microbiology” script for biotechnology students -Laboratory supervisor of BSc and MSc students
  • 2015 - 2016 Substitute lecturer “Introduction to Biotechnology”
  • Co-author of “Industrial Microbiology” script for biotechnology students
  • Laboratory supervisor of BSc and MSc students

Scientific Activities

Ossowicki, Adam, Jos M. Raaijmakers, and Paolina Garbeva. “Disentangling Soil Microbiome Functions by Perturbation.” Environmental Microbiology Reports in press (2021).

Tracanna, Vittorio, Adam Ossowicki, Marloes L. C. Petrus, Sam Overduin, Barbara R. Terlouw, George Lund, Serina L. Robinson, Warris, S., Schijlen, E. G. W. M., van Wezel G. P., Raaijmakers J. M.,Garbeva P., Medema M. H. “Dissecting Disease-Suppressive Rhizosphere Microbiomes by Functional Amplicon Sequencing and 10× Metagenomics.” MSystems, (2021).

Ossowicki, Adam, Vittorio Tracanna, Marloes L. C. Petrus, Gilles van Wezel, Jos M. Raaijmakers, Marnix H. Medema, and Paolina Garbeva. “Microbial and Volatile Profiling of Soils Suppressive to Fusarium Culmorum of Wheat.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 287, no. 1921 (2020): 20192527.

Qi, Yueling, Adam Ossowicki, Xiaomei Yang, Esperanza Huerta Lwanga, Francisco Dini-Andreote, Violette Geissen, and Paolina Garbeva. “Effects of Plastic Mulch Film Residues on Wheat Rhizosphere and Soil Properties.” Journal of Hazardous Materials 387 (2020): 121711.

Ossowicki, Adam, Sylwia Jafra, and Paolina Garbeva. “The Antimicrobial Volatile Power of the Rhizospheric Isolate Pseudomonas Donghuensis P482.” PLoS ONE 12, no. 3 (2017): e0174362.

Krzyżanowska, Dorota M., Adam Ossowicki, Magdalena Rajewska, Tomasz Maciąg, Magdalena Jabłońska, Michał Obuchowski, Stephan Heeb, and Sylwia Jafra. “When Genome-Based Approach Meets the ‘Old but Good’: Revealing Genes Involved in the Antibacterial Activity of Pseudomonas Sp. P482 against Soft Rot Pathogens.” Frontiers in Microbiology 7 (2016).

Krzyżanowska, Dorota M., Tomasz Maciąg, Adam Ossowicki, Magdalena Rajewska, Zbigniew Kaczyński, Małgorzata Czerwicka, Łukasz Rąbalski, Paulina Czaplewska, and Sylwia Jafra. “Ochrobactrum Quorumnocens Sp. Nov., a Quorum Quenching Bacterium from the Potato Rhizosphere, and Comparative Genome Analysis with Related Type Strains.” PLOS ONE 14, no. 1 (2019): e0210874.

Czajkowski, Robert, Zofia Ozymko, Victor de Jager, Joanna Siwinska, Anna Smolarska, Adam Ossowicki, Magdalena Narajczyk, and Ewa Lojkowska. “Genomic, Proteomic and Morphological Characterization of Two Novel Broad Host Lytic Bacteriophages ΦPD10.3 and ΦPD23.1 Infecting Pectinolytic Pectobacterium Spp. and Dickeya Spp.” PLoS ONE 10, no. 3 (2015): e0119812.

Czajkowski, Robert, Zofia Ozymko, Joanna Siwinska, Adam Ossowicki, Victor de Jager, Magdalena Narajczyk, and Ewa Łojkowska. “The Complete Genome, Structural Proteome, Comparative Genomics and Phylogenetic Analysis of a Broad Host Lytic Bacteriophage ΦD3 Infecting Pectinolytic Dickeya Spp.” Standards in Genomic Sciences 10, no. 1 (2015): 68.

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