Laboratory of Molecular and Ecological Physiology


Olga Voitsekhovskaja

Olga Voitsekhovskaja


The laboratory currently employs 17 researchers, three of which are PhD students while four have a PhD and three have Habilitation.

Research interests

  • Regulation of plant morphogenesis
  • Search for key regulatory genes to modify plant growth and development in order to improve crop yield
  • Plant resistance to salt stress and oxidative stress
  • Mechanisms underlying high photosynthetic activity and productivity under stress conditions
  • Regulation and physiological role of autophagy in plants
  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms of phloem translocation and of cell-to-cell transport via plasmodesmata
  • Ecological trends in the evolution of vascular plants
  • Structure of secondary xylem in plants with different body plans

We use light, epifluorescence and confocal laser scanning microscopy as well as electron microscopy (cryo-EM, freeze-fracture/freeze-etching EM); analysis of chlorophyll fluorescence transients and of gas exchange in vivo; analysis of gene expression levels by qRT-PCR; immunoblotting; cloning and cell-specific localization of expression of genes of interest by means of in situ RNA-RNA hybridization; sterile culture of model plants; transformation of Arabidopsis and barley using Agrobacterium tumefaciens; generation, maintenance and analysis of databases.

Model plants:

  • Angiosperms: Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh., Hordeum vulgare L. (barley), Nicotiana tabacum L. (tobacco), Nicotiana benthamiana Domin;
  • Gymnosperms: Picea abies (L.) H. Karst. (Norway spruce);
  • Ferns: Ceratopteris richardii Brongn.;
  • Lycophytes: Huperzia selago Bernh., Isoetes lacustris L., Selaginella moellendorffii Hieron.;
  • Bryophytes: Physcomitrella patens (Hedw.) Bruch & Schimp., Rhythidium rugosum (Hedw.) Kindb.;
  • Green algae: Haematococcus pluvialis Flot.

Main publications

Díaz S., Kattge J., Cornelissen J.H.C. ... Sheremetiev S. et al.
The global spectrum of plant form and function: enhanced species-level trait dataset.
Scientific Data. 2022. 9: 755.

Zhang H.-T., Yan Y., Guo Q., Guo Y., Sheremetiev S.N., Tang Z.
Environment shapes tree community traits in China's forests.
Journal of Vegetation Science. 2022. 33: e13146.

Kozuleva M., Ivanov B. & Voitsekhovskaja O.
‘Regulation of photosynthesis’ session of the Russian Photobiology Society 9th Congress (Shepsi, September 12–19, 2021).
Biophysical Reviews. 2022. 14: 965–967.

Romanova M.A., Yakovleva O.V., Maximova (Evkaikina) A.I, Ivanova A.N., Domashkina V.V.
Structure of shoot apical meristems and peculiarities of ultrastructure of their cells in lycophytes and ferns..
Botanicheskii Zhurnal. 2022. 107(9): 885–905. . (In Russian with English summary)

Stepanova A.V., Odintsova A.A., Rybkina A.I., Rostovtseva Y.V., Oskolski A.A.
Mummified Wood of Juniperus (Cupressaceae) from the Late Miocene of Taman Peninsula, South Russia.
Plants. 2022. 11: 2050.

Stepanova A.V., Vasilyeva N.A., Shmelev C.V., Shirokova N.V.
Preliminary studies of the ice chamber from corner chambers of the former mansion of Alexandr D. Menshikov (wood species identification and state of reservation of wet archaeological wood).
Art Heritage. Research. Storage. Conservation. 2022. 1: 56–65. (In Russian with English summary)

Maynard D.S., Bialic-Murphy L., Zohner C.M. ... Sheremetiev S. et al.
Global relationships in tree functional traits.
Natural Communications. 2022. 13: 3185.

Tyutereva E.V., Murtuzova A.V., Voitsekhovskaja O.V.
Autophagy and the Energy Status of Plant Cells.
Russian Journal of Plant Physiology. 2022. 69: 19.

Guillemot J., Martin-StPaul N.K., Bulascoschi L., ... Sheremetiev S. et al.
Small and slow is safe:On the drought tolerance of tropical tree species.
Global Change Biology. 2022. 28(8): 2622–2638.

Zharova D.A., Ivanova A.N., Drozdova I.V., Belyaeva A.I., Boldina O.N., Voitsekhovskaja O.V., Tyutereva E.V.
Role of Autophagy in Haematococcus lacustris Cell Growth under Salinity.
Plants. 2022. 11(2): 197.

Romanova M.A., Maksimova A.I., Pawlowski K., Voitsekhovskaja O.V.
YABBY Genes in the Development and Evolution of Land Plants.
International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2021. 22(8): 4139.

Dmitrieva V.A., Domashkina V.V., Ivanova A.N., Sukhov V.S., Tyutereva E.V., Voitsekhovskaja O.V.
Regulation of plasmodesmata in leaves of Arabidopsis: ATP, NADPH and chlorophyll b levels matter.
Journal of Experimental Botany. 2021. erab205.

Voitsekhovskaja O.V., Melnikova A.N., Demchenko K.N. et al.
Leaf Epidermis: The Ambiguous Symplastic Domain.
Frontiers in Plant Science. 2021. 12: 695415.

Dalinova A., Fedorov A., Dubovik V., Voitsekhovskaja O. et al.
Relationship of Phytotoxic Natural 10-Membered Lactones and Their Semisynthetic Derivatives.
Journal of Fungi. 2021. 7: 829.

Stepanova A.V., Akinlabi F.M., Sebiloane K., Van Wyk B.-E., Oskolski A.A.
Wood anatomy of the crown lineages in Proteoideae (Proteaceae): implications for evolution and adaptive value of bordered pits in imperforate tracheary elements.
Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 2021. 197(4): 439–477.

Stepanova A.V., Vasilyeva N.A.
Wood identification of an ancient Greek coffin from the Bosporan Kingdom.
IAWA Journal. 2021. 42(2): 209–215.

Klionsky D. J., Abdel-Aziz A. K., Abdelfatah S.,… Voitsekhovskaja O. V…et al.
Guidelines for the use and interpretation of assays for monitoring autophagy (4th edition).
Autophagy. 2021.

Maksimova (Evkaikina) A.I., Berke L., Salgado M.G., Klimova E.A., Pawlowski K., Romanova M.A., Voitsekhovskaja O.V.
What can the phylogeny of class I KNOX genes and their expression patterns in land plants tell us about the evolution of shoot development?
Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 2021. 20: 1–27.

Maslova T.G., Markovskaya E.F., Slemnev N.N.
Functions of carotenoids in leaves of higher plants (an overview.
Biology Bulletin Reviews. 2020. 81(4): 297–310. (In Russian with English summary)

Dmitrieva V.A., Tyutereva E.V., Voitsekhovskaja O.V.
Singlet Oxygen in Plants: Generation, Detection, and Signaling Roles.
International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2020. 21(9): 3237.

Voitsekhovskaja O.V., Apollonov V.I., Murtuzova A.V., Rabadanova C.K., Charnysh M.A., Drozdova I.V., Belyaeva A.I., Kovaleva O.N., Loskutov I.G., Pawlowski K., Demidchik V.V., Tyutereva E.V.
Special issue in honour of Prof. Reto J. Strasser – Photosynthetic activity as assessed via chlorophyll a fluorescence suggests a role of potassium channels in root to shoot signaling.
Photosynthetica. 2020. 58(SI): 608–621.

Thomas H.J.D., Bjorkman A.D., Myers-Smith I.H., ... Sheremetiev S., al.
Global plant trait relationships extend to the climatic extremes of the tundra biome.
Nature Communications. 2020. 11: 1351.

Kattge J., Bönisch G., Díaz S., ... Sheremetiev S., al.
TRY plant trait database — enhanced coverage and open access.
Glob Change Biology. 2020. 26: 119–188.

Voitsekhovskaja O.V.
Phytochromes and other (photo)receptors of Information in Plants.
Russian Journal of Plant Physiology. 2019. 66(3): 351–364.

Slemnev N.N., Yarmishko V.T.
Dynamics of larch forests of the East Khentii (Mongolia).
Botanicheskii Zhurnal. 2019. 104(3): 391–413. (In Russian with English summary)

Stepanova A.V., Oskolski A.A.
Wood anatomy of Brabejum and Macadamia (Macadamiinae, Proteaceae).
Botanica Pacifica. A journal of plant science and conservation. 2019. 8(2): 35–41.

Bjorkman A.D., Myers-Smith I.H., ..., Sheremetev S., Weiher E.
Plant functional trait change with warming across the tundra biome.
Nature. 2018. 562: 57–62.

Makavitskaya M., Svistunenko D. ... Voitsekhovskaja O. et al.
Novel roles of ascorbate in plants: induction of cytosolic Ca2+ signals and efflux from cells via anion channels.
Journal of Experimental Botany. 2018. 69(14): 3477–3489.

Tyutereva E.V., Dobryakova K.S., Schiermeyer A., Shishova M.F., Pawlowski K., Demidchik V., Reumann S., Voitsekhovskaja O.V.
The levels of peroxisomal catalase protein and activity modulate the onset of cell death in tobacco BY-2 cells via reactive oxygen species levels and autophagy.
Functional Plant Biology. 2018. 45(2): 247–258.

Demidchik V., Tyutereva E.V., Voitsekhovskaja O.V.
The role of ion disequilibrium in induction of root cell death and autophagy by environmental stresses.
Functional Plant Biology. 2018. 45(2): 28–46.

Sheremetiev S.N., Chebotareva K.E.
Modern and Cretaceous–Cenozoic Diversification of Angiosperms.
Biology Bulletin Reviews. 2018. 8(5): 351–374.

Demidchik V., Maathuis F. Voitsekhovskaja O.
Unravelling the plant signalling machinery: an update on the cellular and genetic basis of plant signal transduction.
Functional Plant Biology. 2018. 45(2): 1–8.

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