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Lenka Procházková

My research

I work on a topic focused on ecophysiology and biodiversity of snow and glacial algae in a lab as well as in field. Investigation areas are in the High Tatra Mountains (Slovakia, Poland), European Alps (Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia), Svalbard (Norway), Iceland and Krkonoše, Šumava and Jeseníky (Czech Republic). These algae are very interesting microorganisms which reproduce massively in extreme conditions of melting snow or surface glacial ice in the polar and (sub)alpine regions and cause thus remarkable blooms here.

My interest includes also phytoplankton research. My diploma thesis dealed with biodiversity and biomass of phytoplankton in a large variability of lakes in the High Tatra Mountains (Slovakia, Poland). I participated at the study about an eutrophic pond in Scotland. We were curious how the species composition and biomass of phytoplnakton is affected by application of an powder which should have locked phosphorus in pond sediments. What is more, I was involved in a study about dynamic change of life in water dams in Jizera Mountains in relation to recovery from acidification.

Currently running projects

  • Ecology of microalgae on tropic glaciers and in slushy snow (2021-2023)
  • EUROPLANET: Phototrophic microorganisms in cold deserts of Iceland - diversity and ecology of potential Analogues (2023-2024)

Finished projects


Science communication

Publications with the IF

Remias, D., Procházková, L., Nedbalová, L., Benning, L.G., Lutz, S. (2023): Novel insights in cryptic diversity of snow and glacier ice algae communities combining 18S rRNA gene and ITS2 amplicon sequencing. FEMS Microbiology Ecology doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiad134

Němečková, K., Mareš, J., Procházková, L., Culka, A., Košek, F., Wierzchos, J., Nedbalová, L., Dudák, J., Tymlová, V., Žemlička, J., Kust, A., Zima, J., Nováková, E., Jehlička, J. (2023). Gypsum endolithic phototrophs under moderate climate (Southern Sicily): their diversity and pigment composition. Front. Microbiol. 14:1175066. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2023.1175066

Remias, D., & Procházková, L. (2023). The first cultivation of the glacier ice alga Ancylonema alaskanum (Zygnematophyceae, Streptophyta): differences in morphology and photophysiology of field vs laboratory strain cells. Journal of Glaciology , 1-5. DOI: doi:https://doi.org/10.1017/jog.2023.22

Suzuki, H., Détain, A., Park, Y, Viswanath, K., Wijffels, R.H., Leborgne-Castel N., Prochazkova, L., Hulat, C. (2023): Phylogeny and lipid profiles of snow-algae isolated from Norwegian red-snow microbiomes. FEMS Microbiology Ecology , 1574-6941. DOI: doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiad057

Lenka Procházková , Ryo Matsuzaki, Tomáš Řezanka, Linda Nedbalová, Daniel Remias (2023): The snow alga Chloromonas kaweckae sp. nov. (Volvocales, Chlorophyta) causes green surface blooms in the High Tatras (Slovakia) and tolerates high irradiance. Journal of Phycology. DOI: doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jpy.13307

Lukavský, J., Kopecký, J., Kvíderová, J., Procházková, L., Řezanka, T. (2023): The alga Bracteacoccus bullatus (Chlorophyceae) isolated from snow, as a source of oil comprising essential unsaturated fatty acids and carotenoids. Journal of Applied Phycology 35:649–660. DOI:10.1007/s10811-023-02916-1

Pavel Přibyl & Lenka Procházková (2022): Trebonskia zoosporica, gen. et sp. nov., a new member of the Goniochloridales (Eustigmatophyceae, Stramenopiles) with an unusual mode of reproduction European Journal of Phycology 58 (2), 199-213. DOI:10.1080/09670262.2022.2089913

Tomomi Nakashima, Jun Uetake, Takahiro Segawa, Lenka Procházková, Akane Tsushima, and Nozomu Takeuchi (2021): Spatial and Temporal Variations in Pigment and Species Compositions of Snow Algae on Mt. Tateyama in Toyama Prefecture, Japan. Front Plant Sci. 2021; 12: 689119.DOI: doi: 10.3389/fpls.2021.689119

Cecilia Nicoletti, Lenka Procházková, Linda Nedbalová, Réka Mócsai, Friedrich Altmann, Andreas Holzinger, Daniel Remias (2021): Thorsmoerkia curvula gen. et spec. nov. (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta), a semi-terrestrial microalga from Iceland exhibits high levels of unsaturated fatty acids. Journal of Applied Phycology DOI: 10.1007/s10811-021-02577-y

Lenka Procházková, Tomáš Řezanka, Linda Nedbalová, Daniel Remias (2021): Unicellular versus Filamentous: The Glacial Alga Ancylonema alaskana comb. et stat. nov. and Its Ecophysiological Relatedness to Ancylonema nordenskioeldii (Zygnematophyceae, Streptophyta). Microorganisms 9(5), 1103. DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms9051103

Lenka Procházková, Daniel Remias, Andreas Holzinger, Tomáš Řezanka (2021): Ecophysiological and ultrastructural characterisation of the circumpolar orange snow alga Sanguina aurantia compared to the cosmopolitan red snow alga Sanguina nivaloides (Chlorophyta). Polar Biology 44, 105–117. DOI: 10.1007/s00300-020-02778-0

Lenka Procházková , Daniel Remias, Wolfgang Bilger, Heda Křížková, Tomáš Řezanka, Linda Nedbalová (2020): Cysts of the Snow Alga Chloromonas krienitzii (Chlorophyceae) Show Increased Tolerance to Ultraviolet Radiation and Elevated Visible Light. Frontiers in Plant Science 11: 617250. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2020.617250

Daniel Remias, Cecilia Nicoletti, Klaus Krennhuber, Bettina Möderndorfer, Linda Nedbalová, Lenka Procházková (2020): Growth, fatty, and amino acid profiles of the soil alga Vischeria sp. E71. 10 (Eustigmatophyceae) under different cultivation conditions. Folia Microbiologica, 65, 1017–1023. DOI: 10.1007/s12223-020-00810-8

Daniel Remias, Lenka Procházková, Linda Nedbalová & Robert A. Andersen (2020): Two new Kremastochrysopsis species, K. austriaca sp. nov. and K. americana sp. nov. (Chrysophyceae). Journal of Phycology, 56, 135–145. DOI: 10.1111/jpy.12937

Lenka Procházková, Daniel Remias, Tomáš Řezanka & Linda Nedbalová (2019): Ecophysiology of Chloromonas hindakii, sp. nov. (Chlorophyceae), causing orange snow blooms at different light conditions. Microorganisms , 7(10), 434. DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms7100434

Stefanie Lutz, Lenka Procházková, Liane G. Benning, Linda Nedbalová & Daniel Remias (2019): Evaluating amplicon high–throughput sequencing data of microalgae living in melting snow: improvements and limitations. Fottea , 19(2), 115-131. DOI: 10.5507/fot.2019.003

Lenka Procházková, Thomas Leya, Heda Křížková and Linda Nedbalová (2019): Sanguina nivaloides and Sanguina aurantia gen. et spp. nov. (Chlorophyta): the taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography and ecology of two newly recognised algae causing red and orange snow. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 95 (6) fiz064. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiz064

Kateřina Osterrothová, Adam Culka, Kateřina Němečková, David Kaftan, Linda Nedbalová, Lenka Procházková, Jan Jehlička (2019): Analyzing carotenoids of snow algae by Raman microspectroscopy and high-performance liquid chromatography. Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy 212: 262-271 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.saa.2019.01.013

Daniel Remias, Lenka Procházková, Andreas Holzinger and Linda Nedbalová (2018): Ecology, cytology and phylogeny of the snow alga Scotiella cryophila K-1 (Chlamydomonadales, Chlorophyta) from the Austrian Alps. Phycologia. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2216/18-45.1

Lenka Procházková, Daniel Remias, Tomáš Řezanka and Linda Nedbalová (2018): Chloromonas nivalis subsp. tatrae, subsp. nov. (Chlamydomonadales, Chlorophyta): re–examination of a snow alga from the High Tatra Mountains (Slovakia). Fottea 18 (1). DOI: https://doi.org/10.5507/fot.2017.010

Lenka Procházková, Daniel Remias, Andreas Holzinger, Tomáš Řezanka and Linda Nedbalová (2018): Ecophysiological and morphological comparison of two populations of Chlainomonas sp. (Chlorophyta) causing red snow on ice-covered lakes in the High Tatras and Austrian Alps. European Journal of Phycology 53(2) 230-243. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09670262.2018.1426789

Linda Nedbalová, Martin Mihál, Jana Kvíderová, Lenka Procházková, Tomáš Řezanka, Josef Elster (2017): Identity, ecology and ecophysiology of planktic green algae dominating in ice-covered lakes on James Ross Island (northeastern Antarctic Peninsula). Extremophiles 21: 187-200. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00792-016-0894-y

Tomáš Řezanka, Linda Nedbalová, Jaromír Lukavský, Lenka Procházková, Karel Sigler (2017): Lipidomic analysis of two closely related strains of the microalga Parietochloris (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta). Algal Research 25: 473-482. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.algal.2017.06.005

P.Lang, S.Meis, L.Procházková, L.Carvalho, E.B.Mackay, H.J.Woods, J.Pottie, I.Milne, C.Taylor, S.C.Maberly and B.M.Spears (2016): Phytoplankton community responses in a shallow lake following lanthanum-bentonite application. Water Research 97(15):55-68. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2016.03.018

Tomáš Řezanka, Linda Nedbalová, Lenka Procházková and Karel Sigler (2014): Lipidomic profiling of snow algae by ESI-MS and silver-LC/APCI-MS. Phytochemistry 100:34-42. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phytochem.2014.01.017

Martin Lukeš, Lenka Procházková, Volha Shmidt, Linda Nedbalová and David Kaftan (2014): Temperature dependence of photosynthesis and thylakoid lipid composition in the red snow alga Chlamydomonas cf. nivalis (Chlorophyceae). FEMS Microbiology Ecology 89 (2):303-315. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1574-6941.12299

Lenka Procházková, Václav Houk  & Linda Nedbalová (2012): Discostella tatrica sp. nov. (Bacillariophyceae) - a small centric diatom from the Tatra Mountain lakes (Slovakia/Poland). Fottea 12(1): 1–12. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5507/fot.2012.001

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