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Chair of Soil Science and Environmental Geology


dr hab. Tadeusz Magiera prof. UO - Head of the Chair

dr hab. Izabella Pisarek prof. UO

dr Grzegorz Kusza

mgr inż. Katarzyna Łuczak

mgr Aleksandra Cichoń technical staff


The area of educational activity of the Chair includes classes in fifteen subjects listed below (lectures, conversational classes, laboratory classes and field classes):

  1. Pedology (in two courses of study: Environmental Protection and Biology)
  2. Soil protection (in Environmental Protection)
  3. Land reclamation (in Environmental Protection)
  4. Agrocenosis protection (in Environmental Protection)
  5. Geology (in Environmental Protection)
  6. Monitoring and bioindication (in Environmental Protection)
  7. Environmental magnetism (in Environmental Protection)
  8. Basics of environmental chemistry (in Environmental Protection)
  9. Humic substances in soils and organic waste (in Environmental Protection)
  10. Protection and cultivation of the ornamental plants (in Environmental Protection)
  11. Herbology (in Environmental Protection, Biology)
  12. Plant cultivation technology (in Environmental Protection)
  13. Soil biology (in Biology)
  14. Environmental protection (in Biology and Bioinformatics)
  15. Biological monitoring (in Biology).

The programme range of lectures, laboratory classes and field classes for the above subjects were prepared as authors’ programmes for university studies.

The Chair conducts master’s theses within the range of the following two specializations:

  • Pedology, Environmental geology, Environmental magnetism – dr hab. Tadeusz Magiera, prof. UO
  • Soil protection and land reclamation - prof. dr hab. inż. Czesława Rosik-Dulewska

    The research work concerns issues related to the transformation of soil organic matter, the protection of soil environment and agricultural production area. The investigations are carried out within the statutory research of the Department, the own research of the staff and master’s theses. The subject area of research is consistent with the subject of teaching and includes the following topics:

A. Study of humic system depending on habitat and anthropogenic factors (including ecological aspects), using the widest possible range of analytical technique.

  • The influence of fertilization with sewage sludge on the properties of soil humic compounds.
  • Resources of humus in forest soils.
  • The ability of soil organic matter to create humic-mineral complexes with Ca, Fe, Al.
  • Biological activity of humic preparations obtained from peats and half-bog soils.
  • Fractional composition of the humus compared to the physicochemical properties of soils.

B. Characteristics of the forest complexes soils in the areas of high anthropopression and in protected areas.
C. Examination of physico-chemical and chemical properties of urban soils.
D. Determination of potentially contaminated areas around point sources of emissions.
E. Characteristics of the alkaline deposition and reclamation of land degraded by cement and lime industry, limestone mines belonging to the "Górażdże Cement" SA and the "Lhoist Opolwap" S.A.
F. Application of the soil magnetometry to the investigations of pollutants distribution in the upper soil layer and the size of the deposition of industrial and urban dusts.
G. Monitoring of transport pollution.

H. Economically effective and environmentally friendly technologies of plants cultivation.
  • The impact of reduced doses of agrochemicals (fertilizers and mineral nutrients, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, blades stabilizers) on agrocenosis of winter wheat in the conditions of traditional, intensive, extensive and simplified technology of crop growing.
  • Competitiveness and allelopatic influence of plants in grass cultivation.
  • Daily changes in sensitivity of Botrytis cinerea to fungicides in strawberries cultivation.
  • Speeding up weeds sprouting from the diasporas located in soil under the influence of agrotechnical treatments.

Department of Land Protection
Oleska 22, 45-052 Opole, Poland
tel. 077 401 60 20, fax. 077 401 60 30
e-mail: kopz@uni.opole.pl