Prof. Petr Pyšek
Oddělení ekologie invazí / Department of invasion ecology
Botanický ústav Akademie věd ČR/Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
CZ - 252 43, Průhonice
tel: +420 271 015 266
e-mail: pysek(et)


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Head of the department of invasion ecology

Research activities
Ongoing grant projects:
»ALARM: Assessing large-scale environmental risks with tested methods (EU 6FP Integrated Project, GOCE-CT 506675, 2004-2008)
»DAISIE: Delivering alien invasive species inventories for Europe (EU 6FP STREP Project, 2005-2007)
»Central European flora as a source of worldwide invasions (Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, 2003-2005)
»Comparative ecology of generative reproduction of alien plants (Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, cooperation, 2004-2006)

Recent grant projects:
»Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) a pernicious invasive weed: Developing a sustainable strategy for alien invasive plant management in Europe (EU 5FP, EVK2-CT-2001-00128, 2002-2005)
»The catalogue of alien species of the Czech Republic (funded by Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, 1999–2001)
»Weed communities as sources of invasive alien plants: a GIS analysis (Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, 2000–2002)
»Biological, ecological and genetical study of invasive Reynoutria (Polygonaceae) species in the Czech Republic (cooperation, Grant Agency of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, 1998–2001)
»Determinants of succession in human-made habitats: species pool vs. site conditions (Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, 2002-2004)

Symposia organized:
»Plant invasions and vegetation succession: Closing the gap (ESF funded international workshop, České Budějovice 2003) - see Pyšek P., Davis M.A., Daehler C.C. & Thompson K. (2004). Plant invasions and vegetation succession: closing the gap. - Bull. Ecol. Soc. Am. 85: 105-109.
»Plant invasions: Theory and applications (international workshop, Kostelec nad Černými lesy 1993)
»Invasive plants in the Czech flora (conference of the Czech Botanical Society, Prague 1996)
»39th Annual Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science (České Budějovice 1997, member of the organization committee)
»Spontaneous succession in ecosystem restoration (international workshop, České Budějovice 1999)

Editorial work:
I am currently Editor-in-Chief of Preslia (Journal of the Czech Botanical Society) and I serve on Editorial Boards of Biological Invasions (Kluwer), Diversity And Distributions (Blackwell), Folia Geobotanica (Opulus Press) and Perspectives on Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics.

Books edited:
»Pyšek P., Cock M.J.W., Nentwig W. & Ravn H.P. (eds.) (2007): Ecology and management of Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum). - CAB International.
»Child L., Brock. J.H., Brundu G., Prach K., Pyšek P., Wade P.M. & Williamson M. (eds.) (2003): Plant invasions: Ecological threads and management solutions.- Backhuys Publishers, Leiden. 457 pp.
»Pyšek P., Prach K., Rejmánek M. & Wade M. (eds.) (1995): – SPB Academic Publishing, Amsterdam, 263 pp.
»Brock J.H., Wade M., Pyšek P. & Green D. (eds.) (1997): Plant invasions: studies from North America and Europe. – Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, 223 pp.