The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Int. J. Dev. Biol. 52: 109 - 114 (2008)

Vol 52, Issue 2-3

Special Issue: Developmental Biology in Poland

Stanislaw Smreczynski´s legacy and the Department of Zoology of the Jagiellonian University of Krakow (Poland)

Published: 30 November -0001

Mariusz K. Jaglarz*

Institute of Zoology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland


This article covers the origin and development of scientific interest in insect and amphibian developmental biology at the Department of Systematic Zoology and Zoogeography of the Jagiellonian University. The greater part of this historical account is devoted to Professor Stanislaw Smreczynski (1899-1975), the founding father of the Department, and comments on his biography and research achievements in the field of animal experimental embryology. A particular emphasis is on Smreczynski's contributions to contemporary understanding of early embryonic development of amphibians and insects as well as his expertise in Pleistocene and extant weevils (Curculionidae). A concise survey of developmental phenomena studied by some of Smreczynski's co-workers and followers is also presented, including the early embryogenesis of entognathans as well as germ cell determination and gonad formation in Drosophila virilis conducted by Jura; analysis of oogenesis in Collembola carried out by Krzysztofowicz; investigations of insects and tradigrades by Weglarska, and finally research into various aspects of ovary structure in diverse insect taxa by the Bilinski group.


history, developmental biology, insect, amphibian experimental embryology, oogenesis

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