Course: pedology for botanists

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Course title pedology for botanists
Course code BOT/PEDO
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Exercise
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Hédl Radim, Mgr. MgA. Ph.D.
  • Duchoslav Martin, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
The students will be familiarized with the most important theoretical concepts of the soil science, which they will apply during a field practice. A solid theoretical and practical background will be provided to help the students to understand the approaches of the soil science. The emphasis will be put on the linkages with botany and plant ecology. Soil will be introduced as one of the main factors underlying the occurrence and dynamics of plants and vegetation. Following the course, the students should be able to probe the soil, sample and process the soil samples, and know the main methods of soil analysis. They should be able to to describe the soil profile and classify it to the soil type, and understand the content of pedological maps. The students will be familiarized with the properties and distribution of soils in the Czech Republic and worldwide. They will understand the meaning of soil data and basic pedological literature. Syllabus: 1. What is soil, its constitution, abiotic and biotic components, the means of its description and analysis. 2. Approaches to the pedological description of soils: physical and chemical parameters and their field and laboratory determination. 3. Pedogenesis, soil types and major classification systems and properties field diagnostics; distribution of soil types in the Czech Republic and in the World. 4. Soil field description and analysis. Description of a soil profile. Probing, sampling, processing and lab analysis of a soil sample. 5. Soil and plants: soil properties important for distribution and dynamics of plant species and communities.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Laboratory Work, Work Activities
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 3 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 14 hours per semester
  • Excursion - 8 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 15 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of this course is to provide the students of botany with the basic knowledge and approaches of soil science, applicable in their study and research work.
1. The student understands the basic soil science terminology, is familiar with the major soil classification systems. 2. The student understands the soil constitution and genesis, is capable of correct description of a soil profile and sampling. 3. The student is familiar with the soil properties relevant to plants.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Written exam

Test and oral exam, credit after a successful accomplishment of a field practice.
Recommended literature
  • Bardgett, R. D. (2005). The biology of soil: a community and ecosystem approach. New York, N.Y: Oxford University Press.
  • Brady, N. C., & Weil, R. R. (2014). The nature and properties of soils. Harlow: Pearson.
  • Catt, J. A. (1990). Paleopedology manual Quatern. Int., 6, 1?95.
  • ISSS-ISRIC-FAO. (1998). World reference basis for soil resources. World Soil Resources Reports 84. FAO, Rome..
  • Růžičková, E., Růžička, M., Zeman, A., & Kadlec, J. (2003). Kvartérní klastické sedimenty České republiky: struktury a textury hlavních genetických typů. Praha: Česká geologická služba.
  • Smolíková, L., Němeček, J., Kutílek, M., Ložek, V., & Hraško, J. (1990). Pedologie a paleopedologie. Praha: Academia.
  • United States Department of Agriculture. (1999). Soil Taxonomy: A Basic System of Soil Classification for Making and Interpreting Soil Surveys. Washington, DC.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Botany (2015) Biology courses - Summer