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Popular Science: What was the original forest composition in the Bohemian/Bavarian Forest?

Pollen diagrams give us information on how long-term vegetation has developed in a particular area. The first diagram of the Bohemian/Bavarian Forest was published in 1927 and represented one of the first qualitative views on the vegetation development in this area. Today there are quantitative models of vegetation reconstruction based on pollen records, which are already methodologically advanced and form the basis for conservation and restoration ecology. In the Bohemian/Bavarian Forest, forest managers aiming at restoring the original forest structure rely on maps of natural potential vegetation that do not consider long-term dynamics of forest composition. Therefore, a group of scientists from the Department of Botany of the Faculty of Science, Charles University, the Botanical Institute of the Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic, the Czech University of Life Sciences and their colleagues from Great Britain and Switzerland tempted to analyse the long-term forest dynamics in this area.

Published Nov 05, 2018

Popular Science: A slightly uncovered diversity of microscopic fungi in the Neotropics

There is no doubt that there has not been sufficient exploration of the diversity of organisms in tropical areas. This also applies to microscopic ascomycetous fungi, whose unexplored diversity is always in the focus of mycologists' attention in both temperate and tropical regions. This time Ondřej Koukol from the Department of Botany of the Faculty of Science, Charles University and his colleagues from the Czech Republic and abroad, during three expeditions, focused on the tropical genus Hermatomyces.

Published Oct 29, 2018


In a shared study, researchers from Charles University and from Baku State University, Azerbaijan, focused on the fear of snakes. It is one of long-running topics studied at the university and the results are more than interesting. This study is the result of projects by Eva Landová, Markéta Janovcová and Petra Poláková.

Published Oct 22, 2018

Scientific seminar by Professor Tomas Lindahl, Nobel Laureate in chemistry

Start date Oct 16, 2018

The Charles University Faculty of Science, and the Institute of Molecular Genetics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, cordially invite you to scientific seminar by Professor Tomas Lindahl, a Swedish-born British scientist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, in 2015. Seminar "Projects on Inherited Autoimmunity and Alternative Life Forms" will take place on 16th of October at 2 p.m. at Velká geologická auditorium, Albertov 6, Prague 2.

Published Oct 04, 2018

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