Selected publications 2018

Pladias  database on plant diversity in the Czech Republic
Using ecoinformatics approaches we integrated all available data on flora and vegetation for the national territory in a single database, updated them, linked them with newly collected data. We interfaced the database with international databases and made it available to a broader scientific community and the public in an online portal. The integration of the so far isolated information sources enabled us to address some of the fundamental questions of plant community ecology and macroecology.

Overlooked plant half and its functions
Ecologists aiming at understanding plant strategies focused on several important plant traits that are easily measurable and have clear function: leaf quality determines growth rate, seed mass investments into reproduction and plant height competitive ability. Function of belowground plant organs in growth, reproduction and competition, however, remains overlooked. We provided a concept for study of these traits and description for large number of species to enhance belowground research.

Importance of belowground horizontal stems for a plant in competition, multiplication, nutrient acquisition, and resprouting after disturbance.

Small genome contributes to invasiveness of plants
By intercontinental comparison of native and invasive populations of Phragmites australis, we revealed a distinct relationship between genome size and invasiveness at the intraspecific level. Relative to native populations, the European populations that successfully invaded North America had a smaller monoploid genome that was associated with plant traits favouring invasiveness. This finding can be applied to screen potentially invasive populations wherever they grow in mixed stands with native.