Department of Experimental and Functional Morphology

October 15, 2020

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The main research interest of our team are constraints that plant morphology is constituting for plant ecological functions.  We test our ideas through manipulative experiments as well as using field assessments of plant traits and their distribution along environmental gradients. Our research focuses on (i) disentangling the diversity of root sprouting vigor using data on hormonal balance in roots and root anatomy; (ii) describing the economic spectrum of belowground coarse organs like rhizomes, thick roots, tubers, or bulbs and studying their persistence, anatomy, carbohydrate storage, and dry matter content; (iii) assessing which functional traits promote plant persistence in insular systems; (iv) examining disturbance responses by comparing clonal versus non-clonal plants; (v) investigating eco-physiological traits of aquatic carnivorous plants in relation to their growth, mineral nutrition, trap characteristics, and turion dormancy.  In our studies, we use plant morphology, anatomy, and ecophysiology. To increase awareness of plant morphology and anatomy, we provide guidance in the form of databases, handbooks, and courses.

Centre for Phycology

October 13, 2020

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Algae and cyanobacteria have been studied at the Třeboň department of the Institute of Botany since 1960. The Centre for Phycology focuses mainly on research in the field of algae and cyanobacteria taxonomy and ecology, using classical approaches combined with molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology. Special attention is paid to organisms and communities from extreme habitats such as high altitudes, and polar and tropical ecosystems.

Another important field of research is testing strains of algae and cyanobacteria for potential biotechnological utilisation and developing methods to cultivate them on a large scale. A third research field is toxicity of heavy metals and organic compounds, utilising algae as model organisms.

An integral part of the Centre is the Culture Collection of Autotrophic Organisms (CCALA) containing more than 700 strains. The strains are provided to research institutes and commercial companies, but also to schools of all levels for use in teaching.