Estimated reading time: 2 minutes
In Szczecin, a scientist Dr. Piotr Salachna has been conducting remarkable research on various flower species, including the beautiful giant lilies. These lilies have shown potential in replacing antibiotics in dressings, while the giant lilies towering over 3 meters help reduce harmful fertilizer usage.
The collection of pineapple lilies at the university’s experimental farm holds various species and cultivars, originating from South Africa. African tribes have been using the bulbs of these lilies as pain relievers, anti-inflammatory agents, bactericides, and even antiviral remedies. Studies reveal the therapeutic potential of extracts from lily leaves and bulbs in treating numerous ailments. Such research extends to other plants like snowdrops and snowflakes, whose bulbs contain galantamine—a compound utilized in Alzheimer’s treatment.
Visitors to the University Farm can witness the captivating display of giant lilies, though access is limited due to its research-focused nature. The farm operates under the University’s Department of Horticulture, where guests can explore the researcher’s “field” of flowers, vegetables, and fruits. Dr. Salachna particularly encourages cultivating sturdy, frost-resistant fern varieties, transforming gardens into enchanting forest-like havens, even in winter.
Underrated decorative ferns are another focus of research, with a particular emphasis on their resilience to drought and heavy metals. Concurrently, researchers are examining the impact of flowers on fruit development, and whether they make fruits healthier for human consumption. These investigations yield results in August when tomatoes mature.
Within the Department of Horticulture, Professor Dorota Jadczak leads research into nanosilver’s influence on ornamental plants, particularly lilies. Their findings suggest that nanosilver stimulates the growth and flowering of these plants, enhancing bulb yields without additional fertilization or protective measures. This discovery holds promise in reducing fertilizer and fungicide use, thus benefiting the environment.
The botanical research being conducted at Szczecin’s university farm showcases the remarkable potential of flowers and plants in various applications. From medicinal properties to sustainable practices, Dr. Salachna and her team’s work offers a glimpse into a world where nature’s treasures can enrich our lives physically and emotionally. The farm becomes a therapeutic sanctuary where science and horticulture unite, proving that the wonders of flora extend far beyond mere beauty.