More databases


The geodatabase gathers information on woodland cover, species composition, and human activities (e.g. management, settlement density) in a larger study region (Moravia, the Czech Republic, ca. 27,000 km2) over the past 7500 years. It contains separate layers for palaeoecological, archaeological, historical and vegetation data.


CLO-PLA: Database of Clonal Growth of Plants of Central Europe
The database includes data on vegetative growth that are relevant for clonality and vegetative regeneration for all (not only clonal) European plant species other than those from the Mediterranean. The information is based on the literature and original studies. Organs of clonal growth are classified into 17 types. The traits described are those associated with a plant’s persistence at a locality or its regeneration after disturbance and thus could be used to predict vegetation development, evaluate a species invasion potential or the risk of extinction. The content of this database partially overlaps that of LEDA (database of traits of plants in northwestern Europe). Within the framework of LEDA, we were responsible for clonal growth and vegetative regeneration traits.


CYANODB: Cyanobacteria Database
The taxonomic cyanobacteria database was established using the work of Komárek (1992) and includes and also compiles data from other scientists (e.g., Geitler, Bourrelly, Desikachary, Drouet, Kondrateva). It also includes the most recent published studies. The database aims to provide interested individuals from the wider public, scientific community and other organizations with the most complete information on cyanobacteria.


HERBMAN: Database of the Prague (PRA) herbarium
This database is modern with its web application being accessible and searchable for the scientific community. It integrates all activities connected with curator activities and currently includes additional data such as digital photographs of herbarium material, separately maintained plant parts (e.g., cones), chromosome counts, etc. In the next phase of development, the PRA herbarium will be documented in this database.


Database and professional documentation of valuable herbaria material in Czech herbaria collection
The super modern digitalized system of collection items (herbaria items or prepared parts of plants) is connected with the creation of a virtual collection and the related databases. In the first phase, documentation includes the most valuable (type) collection of tropical plants in Czech herbaria (mainly from T. Haenke, K. B. Presl and K. Domin). In the next phase, the documentation of plants from Europe and the Mediterranean will be described. Using this approach, material from various institutions is integrated in an informational and study way, and the most important herbaria items are secured and made accessible, with the initiation and coordination role being taken on by the Institute of Botany.


Czech database of lichen type material
An online database covers lichen names of all taxonomic ranks based on material collected on the present territory of the Czech Republic. The database includes the name of a lichen with its bibliographic citation. The digitized documentation includes the protologue and the type specimens, i.e. the label with locality, the specimen with all accompanying documentation (e.g. notes by the collector, notes by the author of the name, further revisions) and a detailed image of the lichen in high resolution. Nomenclatural revision was performed and the kind of type annotated. Also further notes are provided concerning lectotypification, exsiccate collections, revisions and comments concerning errors in the protologue. At present, the database includes 592 names of lichens and lichenicolous fungi, almost 1,500 specimens from 19 European herbaria and nearly 4,500 pictures including protologues, specimen labels, specimens as well as detailed images of lichens. Free access at

Further details: Liška J. (2016): Czech database of lichen type material (PDF, 75 KB). – Herzogia 29: 814–818.


Database of invasive plants in the Czech Republic and Europe
This database contains information on the means of spreading, phytogeography and biology of invasive species and links to primary source data. The database is continuously updated with new data on the progress of invasions and new invasive species.


DAISIE: database of invasive plant and animal species in Europe
From 2005-2008 under a project of the EU’s 6th Framework Programme, DAISIE, members of the department participated in developing a European-wide database of invasive plant and animal species. This database contains information on non-native plant species, invertebrate species and vertebrates in terrestrial and aquatic environments from more than 50 regions of Europe.


Database of permanent vegetation areas
The Agency for Nature and Landscape Protection has established a database of permanent vegetation areas. It is now maintained under the supervision of the Institute of Botany, which has extensive experience with repeated monitoring on permanent plots. Costs of maintenance and updating data will be split between the two institutions. Vegetation surveys done by employees of the Institute of Botany as agreed are passed on to the national geobotanic database at the MU in Brno (on the basis of the Turboveg system). These surveys are a significant part of the database.


Biofloristic database
This database includes basic biological traits, occurrence on EUNIS sites and the distribution for all species of Czech Flora.


LICIT: Bibliography
The Institute of Botany is the national guarantor for compiling a complete botanical bibliography that has continued since the beginning of the botanical publishing activities. Over the last ten years it has also been made in the form of a relational database (LICIT) linked to keywords.