The Institute of Botany of the ASCR, v.v.i. is one of the research institutes of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic. The Institute does fundamental research on species, populations and communities of plants. The following diverse fields of study are represented: taxonomy, biosystematics and phytogeography of higher and lower plants (e.g., algology, ecotoxicology, mycology and lichenology), plant ecology (population biology, synecology, comparative and production ecology, ecophysiology), mycorrhizal symbioses and geobotany of large complexes of vegetation, including vegetation mapping and paleoecology. Currently, it is especially concerned with biodiversity and evolutionary trends among plants, ecology of invasive species, responses of plants and vegetation to environmental changes and the mechanisms that enable species to coexist in ecosystems.  
Průhonice Park has extensive collections of native and introduced species and is also a part of the Institute of Botany. It is one of the most unique examples of garden landscape architecture in the world. In 1885 at a place of great natural beauty, where the Botič Stream valley meanders through forest, meadow and rocky biotopes, Count A. E. Silva-Tarouca recognized that there was a naturally landscaped park. The Count caringly used the valley with its stream and the original stands of native trees  to create a backdrop for new plantings. Open spaces expose groups of trees and bushes, which alternate with meadows, ponds, streams and dead meanders. A large scale alpine garden was created on the rocky slopes above the Botič Stream. The special features of the park are the beautiful vistas that focus on prominent features, such as the castle and stands of mature trees.
 
The conference, community and social centre within the Chateau at Průhonice, which is part of the Institute of Botany of the ASCR, offer a majestic setting for meetings. The stylishly decorated historical hall and adjacent rooms are furnished with period handcrafted chandeliers and woodwork and fitted with modern audio and video equipment. The Knights’ Hall, as well as four smaller rooms and well furbished rest rooms are available for cultural and social events. The Knights’ Hall can seat up to 100 people and the smaller rooms 20-30. The audio-visual equipment enables simultaneous projection on the monitors in the hall and smaller rooms. Rooms that lack monitors are suitable for catering, as cloak-rooms or for storing presentation and other equipment. There is a supervised parking area for 65 cars.
 

 

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