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Researchers reveal the metabolic capacity of a termite gut protist and its associated bacteria using single-cell (meta)genomics.

Parasitology department´s scientists (Sebastian Treitli a Vladimír Hampl) in collaboration with researchers from University of British Columbia, sequenced the genomes of an isolated individual cell of the protist, Streblomastix strix, and at least eight different species or strains of bacterial symbionts which cover its surface. They used this genomic data to reconstruct the metabolism within this complex symbiotic system.

Published Aug 29, 2019

9th European Conference on Mineralogy and Spectroscopy

We would like to draw your attention to the updated information on the 9th European Conference on Mineralogy and Spectroscopy that will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, between September 11 and September 13, 2019.

Published Apr 02, 2019

IOCB Prague and Charles University Faculty of Science establish joint endowed chair

Two distinguished Czech academic institutes in the field of natural sciences, the Faculty of Science, Charles University (FOS) and the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS (IOCB Prague), have reached an agreement on the creation of a joint endowed chair for the development and testing of new drugs. Millions of Czech crowns in funding for the new position is being provided by IOCB, which will help attract a leading foreign scientist to the Czech Republic and allow them to form their own research group focusing on the discovery and development of new antiparasitics.

Published Jun 11, 2019

Full steam ahead! The 4EU+ Alliance is selected as a pilot ‘European University’

The 4EU+ Alliance is among the consortia selected for funding in the first pilot ‘European Universities’ call for proposals, launched as part of the 2019 Erasmus+ programme. Out of 54 proposals submitted in response to the call, the European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture has selected seventeen European University alliances, which will obtain funding for their projects to become the ‘European Universities’ of the future.

Published Jun 26, 2019

Popular Science: 104.6 km from the confluence, or what is the water quality of Slapy Reservoir?

In recent decades, there has been a significant improvement in the surface water quality of the main streams of the Czech Republic, mainly because of the decrease of heavy industry and due to the construction of wastewater treatment plants in municipalities over 2000 inhabitants. However, the surface water quality of small rivers is still very low, because they are often found in agricultural areas, which are still affected by fertilizers and other pollutants and many of them also do not yet have wastewater treatment plants. One of these is the Mastník stream in the Central Bohemian Region, which flows into the Vltava River’s Slapy Reservoir. Luboš Mrkva and Bohumír Janský from the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology at our Faculty have focused on the development and current state of the water quality of this important water body.

Published Sep 01, 2019

Popular Science: Astonishing diversity of trypanosomes in frogs

If you have ever heard about trypanosomes, probably it was in connection with sleeping sickness and Chagas disease, serious tropical illnesses. It is not so well known that the trypanosomes were actually first discovered in frogs. Many of these parasites can be found also in Czech frogs, though they do not cause human diseases and therefore remain generally neglected. An international research team, in which the Charles University was represented by Jan Votýpka from the Department of Parasitology, made an attempt to gain insight into this little-known world.

Published Sep 15, 2019

Popular Science: Do birds in our forests fare well or not?

One of the factors responsible for decline in biodiversity is land-use change, which is a result of major socioeconomic changes associated with the advancement of human society. And what about forest management? Does it influence species abundance? And how? These and other questions were studied by an international team of scientists. Jiří Reif from the Institute of Environmental Studies and his colleagues were especially interested in associations between environmental changes, forest management and forest bird abundance.

Published Sep 08, 2019

Popular Science: Judging people by their dustbins

Perhaps everyone has some experience with shopping. Just like shopping carts differ, so does the content of the dustbins. Although Czechia occupies top places in waste sorting at present, lots of things must still be improved in waste generation. The knowledge of the population’s differing patterns of behaviour may provide a vital help in this sphere. Researchers from the Department of demography and geodemography Kristýna Rybová, Boris Burcin and Tomáš Kučera, in cooperation with another three scientific centres in Czechia, focused on the research into socio-demographic factors and their influence on waste generation.

Published Aug 19, 2019

Popular Science: Czechs not willing to pay extra for water cleaned of pharmaceuticals

Thanks to the rapid development of analytical laboratory methods, we can now detect the presence of trace concentrations of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in water. The wastewater treatment plants currently in use are, however, often not equipped to completely remove these substances. Zbyněk Hrkal and other scientists from the T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute and the Charles University Faculty of Science investigated how much Czechs are willing to pay for cleaner water.

Published Aug 07, 2019

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