Lech Wojciech Szajdak
Professor of Agronomy since 2006, is currently the Director of the Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment, Polish Academy of Sciences, in Poznań, Poland. He obtained his M.Sc. (Pharmacy) and Ph.D. in 1977 and 1986, respectively, from Poznań University of Medical Sciences. In 2009, he was awarded a Honoris Causa degree from Estonia University of Life Sciences, Tartu and in 2017 the title of a Honorary Member of the Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences “Gheorghe Ionescu-Şişeşti”
His professional interests are: a) Free and bounded amino acids, phenolic acids, auxins, humic and fulvic acids, transient radicals, enzymes in soils under crop rotation and the continuous cropping of rye, conventional and no-tillage, fertilized with different mineral and organic fertilizers; b) Soil enzymes involved in nitrogen cycle; c) Chemical and biochemical processes and mechanisms in organic soils (peat, moorsh, sapropel) and peatlands and the impact of secondary transformed peat soils on the content and properties of hydrophilic and hydrophobic organic compounds of well-known and unknown structure; d) Substrates for growing media, e) Function of biogeochemical barriers in agricultural landscape.
1991 – 1993, he was granted a scholarship and worked in the Department of Chemistry of the Swedish Agriculture University in Uppsala, Sweden. His work concentrated on restructuring humic acids from soils. In 1997, he spent six months at the University of Georgia, Athens, USA at the Institute of Ecology and Department of Crop and Soil Science, where he was dealing with denitrification processes in soils (N2O, CO2, NH3, and SO2) in terrestrial ecosystems and investigating the properties of humic and fulvic acids in soils under conventional and no-tillage cultivation.
Professor Szajdak has written more than 550 research papers, 15 books and 116 chapters in monographs. He was the guest editor of 2 special issues of Agronomy Research and Plant and Soil “Restoration of Peatlands Soil for Agricultural Use” and “Processes, Mechanism and Use of Organic Soils”. He has been a primary researcher in 19 scientific projects.