The department was created in 1906 by Professor Dr. Ladislav František Čelakovský, which makes it one of the founding departments of the university. We offer a number of botany and plant physiology subjects. The department has a long tradition in organising professional seminars, as well as consulting and advisory activities for the general public. Traditionally, we also organise a nation-wide scientific seminar titled “The Influence of Abiotic and Biotic Stresses on Properties of Plants”.
Scientific research activities Teaching Practical advice and cooperation
Particular focus of the departmental research is on the biology of agricultural crops and their production processes, including the methodology of detection and evaluation of physiological responses of plants to stress. Further attention is given to the study of genetic sources of poppy, and vegetation studies of anthropogenically influenced territories.
When performing research, our department collaborates primarily with the Department of Genetics and Microbiology of Charles University in Prague. We also collaborate with the Department of Agronomy and Ecophysiology of INP ENSAT Toulouse, France; the Department of Field Crops and Department of Biology of the Ege University in Izmir, Turkey and the Institute of Forest Ecology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Zvolen. Within the Czech Republic, we also cooperate with the Institute of Experimental Botany and the Institutes of Crop and Hop Research.
Education is provided in the subject fields of botany and plant physiology at all levels of higher education in their respective courses of study, including the University of the Third Age. We offer a Bachelor programme in Public Administration in Agriculture and Landscape Management, as well as practical professional field trips.
The department provides long-term consulting services related to plant stress and use of biomass for energy purposes, as well as advisory services for the general public, which include taxa determination, guide services for educational trails, and use of our university grounds and botanical gardens. We organise, co-organise, manage and actively participate in many conferences, workshops and seminars.
Scientific research activities
Practical advice and cooperation