Position: Volunteer researcher




Research Interests

  • Plant, virus and vector interactions
  • Cryptic speciation
  • Wheat curl mite (Eriophyoidea)

Current Projects

  1. Wheat curl mite genetic diversity on grasses in Nebraska (cooperation with University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Gary L. Hein)
  2. Wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV) transmission by wheat curl mite
  3. Brome mosaic virus (BMV) transmission (cooperation with Institute of Plant Protection, Poznań, Poland)

Completed Projects

  1. Spatial distribution of Aceria tosichella biotypes differing in their host specificity and invasive potential (National Science Centre, Poland, grant no. 2011/03/B/NZ8/00129, 2012-2016, Co-Investigator)
  2. Genetic variation, host specialization and ability to transmit Wheat streak mosaic virus of the wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella (Acari: Eriophyoidea), cryptic species complex (National Science Centre, grant no.2011/01/N/NZ8/04540, 2011 – 2014, Principal Investigator)

Career History

  • 2010 – 2016: PhD student at Adam Mickiewicz Univeristy in Poznań. Thesis: Genetic variation, host specificity and ability to transmit Wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV) of the wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella, cryptic species complex
  • 2015 – short term scholar at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, Department of Entomology, Dr. Gary L. Hein group (financed by the National Science Centre, Poland, no. 2013/08/T/NZ8/00908)
  • 2009 – 5 months at University in Oslo (Erasmus LLP programme)
  • 2009 – trainee at Molecular Techniques Laboratory, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
  • 2008 – 2010: MSc studies in Environmental Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
  • 2005 – 2008: BSc studies in Environmental Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Honors & awards

  • 2013 – 2014: Etiuda I doctoral scholarship for PhD studentsFunded by the National Science Centre (Poland), no. 2013/08/T/NZ8/00908
  • 2010: Doctoral scholarship, WUP Poznań, Poland
  • 2008: 1st prize team winner at Polish edition Microsoft Imagine Cup, Software Design category, LifeTracker radio-telemetry system project
  • 2008: special award for research project on eriophyoid mite specialization in the competition “Women of the future – following Maria Skłodowska-Curie steps” run by Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Elle Magazine Poland


Skoracka A., Lewandowski M., Rector B.G., Szydło W., Kuczyński L. 2017. Spatial and host-related variation in prevalence and population density of wheat curl mite (Aceria tosichella) cryptic genotypes in agricultural landscapes. PLoS ONE, 12(1): e0169874, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0169874


Kuczyński L., Rector B.G., Kiedrowicz A., Lewandowski M., Szydło W., Skoracka A. 2016. Thermal niches of wheat curl mite genotypes (Acari: Eriophyoidea): congruence between physiological and geographical distribution data. PloS ONE, 11(4): e0154600, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0154600

Kiedrowicz A., Denizhan E., Bromberek K., Szydło W., Skoracka A. 2016. Eriophyoid mites (Acari: Prostigmata: Eriophyoidea) from Turkey: description of five new species. Zootaxa, 4066 (3): 255-270, DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4066.3

Kiedrowicz A., Rector B.G., Zawierucha K., Szydło W., Skoracka A. 2016. Phytophagous mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea) recorded from Svalbard, including the description of a new species. Polar Biology, 39: 1359, DOI:10.1007/s00300-015-1858-x

Trzmiel K., Zarzyńska-Nowak A., Lewandowska M., Szydło W. 2016. Identification of new Brome mosaic virus (BMV) isolates systemically infecting Vigna unguiculata L. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 145 (1): 233-238, DOI: 10.1007/s10658-015-0830-5


Szydło W., Hein G., Denizhan E., Skoracka A.2015. Exceptionally high levels of genetic diversity in wheat curl mite (Acari: Eriophyidae) populations from Turkey. Journal of Economic Entomology,108: 2030-2039, DOI: 10.1093/jee/tov180, direct link

Trzmiel K., Szydło W.,  Zarzyńska-Nowak A., Jeżewska M. 2015. First report of Brome mosaic virus (BMV) and Wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV) co-infection in triticale plants in Poland. Plant Disease, 99(9): 1290-1290, DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-01-15-0105-PDN


Skoracka A., Rector B., Kuczyński L., Szydło W., Hein G., French R. 2014. Global spread of wheat curl mite by its most polyphagous and pestiferous lineages. Annals of Applied Biology, 165 (2): 222-235, DOI: 10.1111/aab.12130

Lewandowski M., Skoracka A., Szydło W., Kozak M., Druciarek T., Griffiths D. 2014. Genetic and morphological diversity of Trisetacus species (Eriophyoidea: Phytoptidae) associated with coniferous trees in Poland: phylogeny, barcoding, host and habitat specialization. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 63: 497-520, DOI: 10.1007/s10493-014-9805-z

Kiedrowicz A., Rector B., Denizhan E., Szydło W., Skoracka A. 2014. Infestation of grasses by eriophyoid mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea) in Turkey. International Journal of Acarology, 40 (6): 421-427, DOI: 10.1080/01647954.2014.941004


Navia D., de Mendoca R., Skoracka A., Szydło W., Knihinicki D., Hein G.L., da Silva Pereira P.R.V., Truol G., Lau D. 2013. Wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella, and transmitted viruses: an expanding pest complex affecting cereal crops. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 59: 95-143, DOI: 10.1007/s10493-012-9633-y

Miller A.D., Skoracka A., Navia D., de Mendonca R., Szydło W., Schultz M., Smith C.M., Truol G., Hoffmann A.A. 2013. Phylogenetic analyses reveal extensive cryptic speciation and host specialization in an economically important mite taxon. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 66 (3): 928-940, DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2012.11.021

Denizhan  E., Szydło W., Skoracka A. 2013. Eriophyoid studies in Turkey: review and perspectives. Biological Letters, 50: 45-54, DOI: 10.2478/biolet-2013-0005

Skoracka A., Kuczyński L., Szydło W., Rector B. 2013. The wheat curl mite Aceria tosichella (Acari: Eriophyoidea) is a complex of cryptic lineages with divergent host ranges: evidence from molecular and plant bioassay data. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 109: 165-180, DOI: 10.1111/bij.12024


Trzmiel K., Szydło W. 2012. Occurrence and characteristic of Wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV) in maize in Poland. Progress in Plant Protection, 52(3): 707-713, DOI: 10.14199/ppp-2012-123

Skoracka A., Kuczyński L., de Mendonca R., Dabert M., Szydło W., Knihinicki D., Truol G., Navia D. 2012. Cryptic species within the wheat curl mite Aceria tosichella (Keifer) (Acari, Eriophyoidea) revealed by mitochondrial, nuclear and morphometric data. Invertebrate Systematics, 26: 417-433, DOI: 10.1071/IS11037


Szydło W., Skaftason J. F., Skoracka A., 2010: Eriophyoid mites (Prostigmata: Eriophyoidea: Eriophyidae) from Iceland: one new species and three new mite records. Annales Zoologici, 60 (1): 139-157, DOI: 10.3161/000345410X499623


External Activities

Member of The Polish Acarological Society