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Director General administers COBORU with the assistance of three deputy directors.

tel.  +48 61 287 82 21, e.gacek@coboru.pl

Director General of the Research Centre for Cultivar Testing (COBORU) prof. Edward S. Gacek

     Prof. Edward S. Gacek (born in 1950), graduate of the Agriculture Faculty of the Agricultural Academy in Wrocław (1974). In 1982 he obtained a title of the doctor of agricultural sciences. In 1991, in the Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute (IHAR) in Radzików near Warsaw, he qualified himself as assistant professor. In 1996 he obtained a title of a professor of agricultural sciences.

        He published almost 200 papers on plant breeding, agricultural experimentation and on seed production as well as dozens of popular scientific papers, many implementation and promotion publications. In the period 1975-1996 he worked for Experimental Station of the Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute in Bąków, near Kluczbork. At the beginning he worked as a specialist in disease resistance Breeding Laboratory and then as a main breeder and deputy director of the station.

        He started his professional carrier in the field of testing and breeding of barley varieties under leadership of director Włodzimierz Dwernicki and Prof. Henryk J. Czembor. He was engaged in development of effective methods of barley resistance breeding, especially in the area of effective utilization of genetic resistance in diseases control of barley and other cereals.

         He elaborated scientific basis of the concept of cereals cultivation in genetically diverse cereal varietal mixtures, which allows to wider utilization in practice of natural mechanisms of disease control aswell as the improvement of yield and its stability.

         As a result he has introduced into practice almost twenty intraspecific varietal mixtures in spring and winter barley. Together with breeding team from plant breeding station in Bąków he has bred and put into practice nine high yielding barley varieties resistant to diseases and abiotic stresses.

         He successfuly developed and introduced into practice a nation-wide post-registration variety testing system and effective variety recommendation into practice.

         Since 1996 he has been occupying the post of the Director General of the Research Centre for Cultivar Testing in Słupia Wielka, near Poznań. He represents Poland in the work of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) organs and in the Standing Committees of the EU Commission on Seeds and Propagating Material for Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry. He is a member of the Administration Council of the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) - institution responsible for administration of the community plant varieties rights.