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Could glucose promote the spread of yeast infection in the body?

Could glucose promote the spread of yeast infection in the body?

Scientists from the research teams of Zdena Palková (FoS CUNI) and Libuše Váchová (IMIC) at BIOCEV published new findings in the prestigious journal npj Biofilms and Microbiomes on the regulation of formation and dispersal of yeast biofilms. The article contributes towards understanding the mechanism of, and risk factors associated with, the development of fungal infections, and could provide inspiration for effective drug development.

Published Mar 12, 2020

Coronavirus: Information for students and staff of the Faculty of Science, Charles University

Coronavirus: Information for students and staff of the Faculty of Science, Charles University

Faculty of Science, Charles University on the issue of coronavirus spread and measures resulting from it. Informations are presented here in chronological order.

Published Mar 04, 2020

Popular Science: Amazing discoveries of Pliocene flora

Popular Science: Amazing discoveries of Pliocene flora

Karl Mädler was the first to describe in detail the Pliocene flora of Frankfurt am Main, which was found here in the first half of the 20th century during the construction of a wastewater treatment plant. This discovery was crucial for all of Europe. Now a group of experts, led by Zlatko Kvaček from the Institute of Geology and Paleontology, have focused on revising and refining the current study with new discoveries.

Published Mar 03, 2020

AdiCare: Group psychotherapy in English language

AdiCare: Group psychotherapy in English language

The ADICARE Centre group psychotherapy has been designed for foreigners living in the Czech Republic. We offer quick and effective help of psychologists, addictologists, psychiatrists and professional relaxation therapists to English speaking clients.

Published Feb 24, 2020

Charles University technology spin off LAM X a.s. founded

Charles University technology spin off LAM X a.s. founded

The Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences joined forces via their subsidiaries Charles University Innovations Prague s.r.o. and i& i Prague s.r.o. and today they are founding an academic, technology spin off LAM X a.s. The company is going to focus on development of nanomaterials that can be utili s ed for a fabri cation of bandages of the future and its goal is to transfer research results into practice. Planned initial investment is 12 million CZK.

Published Feb 20, 2020

TARGET project: aimed at bacterial resistance

TARGET project: aimed at bacterial resistance

The foremost topic of global medical research in recent decades has been cancer. Today, however, an increasing part of the scientific community is switching its focus to the issue of growing bacterial resistance, which is behind the increasing frequency of failed antibiotic treatment. A team from the Department of Biochemistry of the Faculty of Science at Charles University, led by Assoc. Prof. Markéta Martínková, has joined a project focusing on this phenomenon.

Published Feb 16, 2020

Gatherings in Biosemiotics 2020 – call for papers

Gatherings in Biosemiotics 2020 – call for papers

20th Gatherings in Biosemiotics will host by the Department of General Linguistics, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. July 8–12 2020. Please submit your abstract no later than February 28.

Published Feb 07, 2020

Popular Science: The mysterious history of chernozems

Popular Science: The mysterious history of chernozems

Chernozems, which have developed over thousands of years, are one of the most fertile soils. The typical vegetation of chernozems are steppe and forest-steppe. However, their evolution was also significantly influenced by human activity, which has been transforming the soil since the Neolithic period. Using modern methods, a group of experts, including Luděk Šefrna from the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, examined their paleoenvironmental history.

Published Jan 30, 2020

How to easily detect the presence of water in rocks

How to easily detect the presence of water in rocks

Sandstone, whether as a natural cliff or a building material, contains water in its pores. This water transports dissolved salts, which can cause surface erosion due to crystallization, creating interesting geomorphological shapes or causing the disintegration of monuments. So far, there has been no method that could reliably and cost-effectively detect water at the sandstone subsurface. However, scientists from the Faculty of Science came up with a simple but effective solution.

Published Jan 24, 2020

How to live without oxygen?

How to live without oxygen?

Our parasitologists in BIOCEV (research team of Jan Tachezy) discovered anaerobic peroxisome in free-living Mastigamoeba balamuthi. The article was published in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the USA.

Published Jan 16, 2020

PhD STARS program 2020 is open for applications

PhD STARS program 2020 is open for applications

Faculty of Science of the Charles University in Prague has launched its program supporting talented PhD research students from all over the world. During the STARS 2020 call, prospective students can apply to PhD research topics announced on the web page on January 13th, 2020. Deadline for application is March 13th, 2020.

Published Jan 12, 2020

New Master course for this summer semester: Genomics of adaptation and speciation!

New Master course for this summer semester: Genomics of adaptation and speciation!

Genomics of adaptation and speciation: new course with practical classes involving state-of-the-art genomic analyses applied to the topics of adaptation and speciation! A Master course joint between the Dept of Botany, Dept of Zoology, Centre for Theoretical Studies and Palacky University in Olomouc.

Published Jan 09, 2020

Springer-Verlag publishes second edition of BIOCEV researcher prof. Jan Tachezy's book

Springer-Verlag publishes second edition of BIOCEV researcher prof. Jan Tachezy's book

Hydrogenosomes and Mitosomes: Mitochondria of Anaerobic Eukaryotes will have new updates in its 2019 second edition.

Published Dec 12, 2019

Sixty years ago: A Nobel Prize for Jaroslav Heyrovský

Sixty years ago: A Nobel Prize for Jaroslav Heyrovský

December 10 marks exactly sixty years that Czech scientist and inventor was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. His main area of work was in polarography. Professor Jiří Barek discusses the chemist’s success and invaluable contribution.

Published Dec 12, 2019

The merger of two polyploids is better than the sum of their parts

The merger of two polyploids is better than the sum of their parts

Plant evolutionary biologists from the Department of Botany (Roswitha Schmickl and Magdalena Bohutínská), together with collaborators from the United Kingdom (John Innes Centre and the Universities of Nottingham, Leicester and Cambridge), found an intriguing role of introgressive hybridisation in adaptation to whole genome duplication (WGD). Specific, bidirectional adaptive gene flow affected loci known to be essential for processes that are impacted by WGD: meiotic stability, endopolyploidy, and transcription. The paper was recently published in Nature Communications.

Published Dec 12, 2019

Popular Science: Subglacial silicon as another player in global nutrient cycling

Popular Science: Subglacial silicon as another player in global nutrient cycling

As recently published in Nature, methane released from subglacial meltwater is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. However, it is not only subglacial methane which is responsible for changes in greenhouse gas concentrations. The international team of scientists, in collaboration with three polar ecologists from the Department of Ecology, found that there is another important nutrient influencing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, fortunately by the utilization of carbon dioxide. The name of this player is Silicon.

Published Dec 09, 2019

Prof. Petr Nachtigall has been awarded the Minister of Education Award for the Excellent Research

Prof. Petr Nachtigall has been awarded the Minister of Education Award for the Excellent Research

Minister of Education Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic Ing. Robert Plaga, Ph.D. has awarded Prof. Petr Nachtigall of Faculty of Science, Charles University, for “excellent research achievements in science focusing on the study of novel two-dimensional materials”. The award for year 2019 is based on the achievements obtained during last five years.

Published Dec 02, 2019

Popular Science: How does vegetation influence water chemistry?

Popular Science: How does vegetation influence water chemistry?

In the past, forest soils were intensively acidified. Since the 1990s, there has been a gradual decline in acid depositions. What was the change of element concentrations and fluxes and what is the current state in relation to different types of vegetation? A group of scientists, together with Michal Růžek from the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, compared the changes in an open area, the deciduous and coniferous forests of the Ore Mountains.

Published Dec 02, 2019

Questionnaire for students from abroad at Faculty of Science

Questionnaire for students from abroad at Faculty of Science

Are you a foreigner student at Charles University in Prague? Tell us something about your needs, and fill the form until December 15th, please.

Published Nov 27, 2019

Popular Science: Hidden and forgotten?

Popular Science: Hidden and forgotten?

Water is essential for survival, that’s why constant monitoring of this irreplaceable resource is needed. However, water chemistry monitoring is not sufficient. During extreme hydrometeorological events, the remobilization and reactivation of sediments, which often contain very toxic substances, may contaminate stream ecosystems and the environment. Due to environmental disasters in the past, attention is also focused on the Elbe River basin. Petra Havlíková, Dagmar Chalupová, Tomáš Chuman, Miroslav Šobr and Bohumír Janský from the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology focused on a detailed study of the oxbow lake near the town of Poděbrady, which is connected with the Elbe River.

Published Nov 25, 2019