A new classification system for vegetation in Europe entitled Vegetation of Europe: Hierarchical floristic classification system of vascular plant, bryophyte, lichen, and algal communities (fulltext, press release) was published in the special issue of the Applied Vegetation Science journal. (More)
July 20, 2017
At its 9th Biennial Conference in Zagreb, the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) elected a new Board with Péter Szabó as President. Péter Szabó is an historical ecologist and environmental historian. He works at the Department of Vegetation Ecology of the Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on the history of Central European woodlands and landscapes from the beginning of the Holocene until the present.
June 13, 2017
An international team of researchers, led by Durham University, UK, including two researchers from the Institute of Botany of the CAS, provides the first global analysis of the hotspots of alien species invasion across plants and animals. This study has been published in the prestigious journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. The scientists studied existing data looking at eight groups including amphibians, ants, birds, freshwater fish, mammals, reptiles, spiders and vascular plants across 186 island and 423 mainland regions. Hotspots of established alien species were found mainly in island and coastal mainland regions, the research concluded.
May 17, 2017
Exhibition Annual rings has been opened in Visitor Centre of the Průhonice Park. It will be open until 9 July 2017.
Radim Hédl from the IB with colleagues from Germany and Norway edited a special feature of Applied Vegetation Science on vegetation resurveys
March 17, 2017
The special feature of Applied Vegetation Science published on March 16 focuses on understanding long-term dynamics of plant communities using resurveys of historical vegetation plots. This increasingly popular tool enables the vegetation scientists to build on knowledge gathered by past generations of botanists including those of the IB where the vegetation science has always been one of the main research domains.
March 13, 2017
Jan Suda, an excellent botanist who worked at the Institute of Botany of the CAS and at the Faculty of Science of the Charles University in Prague, died on Thursday 9 March.
March 10, 2017
Ecological Society of America (ESA) announced 2017 award recipients – Petr Pyšek from the IB will be awarded Robert H. Whittaker Distinguished Ecologist Award. The Whittaker Award recognizes an ecologist with an earned doctorate and an outstanding record of contributions in ecology who is not a U.S. citizen and who resides outside the United States. The awards ceremony will take place during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Portland, Ore, on Monday, August 7.
February 20, 2017
Three scientists from the Institute of Botany in Průhonice (Václav Mahelka, Karol Krak, Judith Fehrer) have, in cooperation with colleages from the Institute of Experimental Botany in Olomouc and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research in Gatersleben, Germany, published results of a project funded by the Czech Science Foundation in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA), one of the most influential general scientific journals worldwide.
February 6, 2017
The special issue of Folia Geobotanica on wetlands was dedicated to Dagmar Dykyjova (1914-2011), an outstanding plant ecologist and physiologist who devoted much of her research to the study of the structure and functioning of the vegetation of predominantly freshwater wetlands. Table of contents here.
January 18, 2017
For the first time, a comprehensive assessment of European habitats has been carried out, providing a clear picture of the state of the 490 habitats in 35 countries across Europe, from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean Sea, and in neighbouring coastal waters of the North Atlantic, Baltic, Mediterranean and Black Seas. Over 300 experts, including Czech botanists from Masaryk University in Brno (F. Landucci, M. Hájek, M. Chytrý a M. Kočí) and Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences (K. Šumberová), have contributed their knowledge and expertise to produce an assessment of the level of threat of European habitats. What they reveal is stark.
December 12, 2016
December 6, 2016
Jan Kolář from the Department of Vegetation Ecology was awarded the Dean’s Award for his Ph.D. dissertation Territoriality and Regional Aspects in the Final Eneolithic in Moravia defended at the Faculty of Arts of the Masaryk University in Brno. At the Institute of Botany of the CAS he deals with modelling of the prehistoric human impact on natural ecosystems.
December 1, 2016
Petr Pyšek was awarded the František Běhounek Award for promoting and popularizing Czech science and spreading the good name of the Czech Republic. The award associated with the name of an important Czech physicist, academic, and writer, František Běhounek, is awarded by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. The award was initiated in 2012.
November 9, 2016
Until 31 March 2017, Visitors centre of the Průhonice park hosts the exhibition How to preserve our landscape for future generations, created by Biology Centre of the CAS and Institute of Botany of the CAS. With this exhibition we aim to draw attention to the pressing problems of the current landscape and its protection in the Czech Republic. Sustainable soil management is in the public interest, and the fundamental question is how to encourage the farming community to respect every component of the fine mosaic that constitutes the landscape. For this purpose we have set up the so-called Platform for Sustainable Landscape Management. The exhibition is supported by the Strategy AV 21 programme: Diversity of Life and Health of Ecosystems.
October 31, 2016
A study led by ecologists from the University of Konstanz, Mialy Razanajatovo and Mark van Kleunen, with participation of two researchers from the Institute of Botany, The Czech Academy of Sciences, Petr Pyšek and Jan Pergl, shows that plants able to produce seeds without mates or pollinators are more likely to naturalize outside their native range, and thus can spread more easily around the world. The results of the international collaboration project, that further included researchers from German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), University of Göttingen, University of Vienna and University of Durham were published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications on 31 October 2016.
October 25, 2016
On Wednesday November 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Brno Research Division of the Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Lidická 25/27, Brno) will be open to public. Come to find out more about the work of the departments of Vegetation Ecology and Experimental Phycology and Ecotoxicology. The event is organized in the scope of Week of Science and Technology of the CAS.
October 10, 2016
A highlight of the paper Using historical ecology to reassess the conservation status of coniferous forests in Central Europe published in Conservation Biology appeared in the Research highlights section of the journal Nature (538, 9, 06 October . LONGWOOD is a project funded by ERC running at the Institute of Botany of the CAS.
Martin Kopecký from Institute of Botany was awarded the Award of the Czech Academy of Sciences for young researchers
October 4, 2016
Martin Kopecký from Institute of Botany was awarded the Award of the CAS for young scientific employees for outstanding results of scientific work, achieved with the financial support of the CAS before reaching the age of 35. His work focuses on long-term changes of biodiversity in temperate forest vegetation.
October 3, 2016
The Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with the Biology Centre CAS and the Commission for the Environment CAS, cordially invites you to a discussion seminar Forests and climate change – how to take responsibility? organized under the auspices of the FORUM 2000 and Strategy AV21. The meeting will be held in the Baroque refectory of the Dominican Monastery of St. Giles in Prague (Jilská 7) on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (9:00am–12:00pm). Please confirm your attendance before October 10, 2016.
August 24, 2016
“I would advise against grand conservation schemes”, says Péter Szabó, principal investigator of the ERC project LONGWOOD from IB, in an interview published in research*eu – the official European Commission magazine on results from EU-funded research projects (Issue 54 – July 2016). The magazine is downloadable here.
August 18, 2016
Changes in the functional trait composition and diversity of meadow communities induced by Rhinanthus minor L. by O. Mudrák et al. or Do Landscape Structure and Socio-Economic Variables Explain the Solidago Invasion? by M. Szymura et al. are just two examples of papers published in the new issue of Folia Geobotanica, the journal of the Institute of Botany of the CAS. More here.