Elżbieta Patkowska is an Associated Professor of Phytopathology at the University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland. She studied Biology at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland, and then got Ph.D. (2000) and Habilitated Doctor degrees (2012) at the University of Life Sciences in Lublin in the subject of biodiversity of microorganisms colonizing soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merrill] and susceptibility of different varieties of plants to infection by fungi with special regard to Phomopsis sojae Lehman. She is interested in the interactions between plants and pathogenic/non-pathogenic microorganisms and the possibility of applying biological methods in plant protection. At present she is concerned with the occurrence, symptomatology, and etiology of vegetable plants caused by fungi, as well as with beneficial microorganisms and biostimulants as the factors promoting plant growth and ensuring their resistance to biotic stress. She has published about 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 2 monographs and about 100 conference proceedings.