Three researchers from the Institute of Botany appear on Highly Cited Researchers List 2017

November 20, 2017

The Highly Cited Researchers list represents some of the world’s most influential scientific minds. These researchers rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in Web of Science. This year, ca 3300 researchers are listed, only 4 of them are from the Czech Republic of which three are from Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences: prof. Vojtěch Jarošík (†2013), prof. Petr Pyšek and Ing. Jan Pergl. Their research focuses mainly on invasion ecology.

Stories of the Biological Collections of the CAS in the Průhonice Castle

November 15, 2017

The exhibition Stories of the Biological Collections of the CAS is held from 14th November 2017 till 11th February 2018 in the Průhonice Castle. It presents some of the biological collections of the institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences and shows, using specific examples, their practical value for research and development and also in daily life. Open daily 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Open PhD position with EpiDiverse: Epigenetic Diversity in Ecology

October 16, 2017

EpiDiverse – Epigenetic Diversity in Ecology – is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network aimed at the study of epigenetic variation in wild plant species. There are currently 15 vacancies for a PhD position at the partner institutes all over Europe including one position at the Insitute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The deadline for applications is 24 November 2017.

Filip Kolář from Institute of Botany was awarded the Award of the Czech Academy of Sciences for young researchers

October 5, 2017

Filip Kolář 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 evolutionary response of plants to quaternary climatic oscilaltions. Click here to see a list of his publications.

Go belowground!

October 4, 2017

In the last week of September, ecologists from Institute of Botany in Trebon organized, with financial support from the Czech Academy of Sciences, an international PhD course focused on practical assessment of functional traits on belowground plant organs. The name of the course “Go belowground” is highlighting the fact that the main focus of the course are wrongly overlooked belowground plant organs, roots and rhizomes.


A new issue of Folia Geobotanica has been published – 2/2017

September 15, 2017

Longitudinal changes in species composition of forests and grasslands across the North Asian forest steppe zone and The role of abiotic and biotic factors in functional structure and processes of alpine subshrub communities 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.

Péter Szabó from IB elected new President of the European Society for Environmental History

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.

Global hotspots of established alien plants and animals revealed

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.


Exhibition Annual rings in Visitor Centre of the Průhonice Park

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

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.

Jan Suda (1974-2017)

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.


Petr Pyšek from the IB will be awarded Robert H. Whittaker Distinguished Ecologist Award

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. 

Horizontal gene transfer between sexually incompatible grass lineages

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.


Special issue of Folia Geobotanica on wetlands has been published

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.

Czech botanists contributed to the first ever Red list of all European habitats

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.


New classification system for European vegetation

December 12, 2016

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)

Jan Kolář was awarded the Dean’s Award

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.

Petr Pyšek was awarded the František Běhounek Award

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.

Three researchers from the Institute of Botany appear on a list of the most cited scientists worldwide

November 25, 2016

This year, Professor Petr Pyšek has appeared on the Highly Cited Researchers list for the third year running, while Prof. Vojtěch Jarošík has been named for the second time, and Ing. Jan Pergl, PhD, has made his first appearance. All three researchers hail from the department of Invasion Ecology. Apart from these three representatives of the Institute of Botany, only two other Czech scientists have been included in Highly Cited Researchers 2016 List (, published by ISI Thomson Reuters. The current list names around 3000 researchers. The inclusion of Professor Jarošík indicates that his work remains highly acclaimed in the global scientific community in spite of his untimely death three years ago.

Invitation to the exhibition How to preserve our landscape for future generations

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.