Course: Plant Population Ecology

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Course title Plant Population Ecology
Course code BOT/PERSB
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Exercise
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Jandová Michaela, Mgr.
  • Krahulec František, prof. RNDr. CSc.
  • Duchoslav Martin, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Plant population biology studies frequency of plant individuals, alleles and/or genotypes. The subject study is at the level of an individual and population. Recently, there is an overlap with other scientific fields, such as evolutionary biology, biosystematics and vegetation science. Study of plant clonality is in some respect linked to plant physiology. Sylabus: Definition of an individual in plants, definition of population. Life cycles, vegetative and generative reproduction. Evolutionary consequences of long-time living organisms. Types of life histories in Plants of temperate zone. Population structure. Population genetics. Population dynamics. Surviving, impact of other factors depending on density. Biology of clonal plants, their physiological integration, their ecological and evolutionary consequences (transfer of assimilates, signal integration from the environment). Dynamics at the level of metapopulations (relationship to phytogeography). Relationships among populations: competition. Evolution in populations. Problematic of small populations. Applications: directed population management, threatened taxa, genetic and evolutionary consequences of continuous gene flow for specialised populations.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Observation, Projection (static, dynamic)
  • Homework for Teaching - 5 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 25 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 3 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 25 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course deals with the changes in populations size of plant populations and its causes.
Student should be able to (after attending the course): - Explain main terms in Plant population biology. - Compare dynamics and biology of species at individual, population and metapopulation level. - Apply knowledge on population biology in Protection and Conservation of threatened species.
Basic knowledge of plant ecology and biostatics.

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Written exam, Seminar Work

Combined exam in extent of the lectures: oral exam or written test and seminar essay 100% attendance
Recommended literature
  • Beissinger, S. R., & McCullough, D. R. (2002). Population viability analysis. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
  • Crawley M. J. (1997). Plant ecology.. Blackwell Science Ltd, London.
  • Ebert T. (1999). Plant and animal populations. Methods in demography.-. Academic Press, San Diego.
  • Gibson D. (2002). Methods in comparative plant population ecology. Oxford University Press.
  • Hendry, G. A. F., & Grime, J. P. (1993). Methods in comparative plant ecology: a laboratory manual. London: Chapman and Hall.
  • Pastor, J. (2008). Mathematical ecology of populations and ecosystems. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Silvertown J., Lovett-Doust J. (1993). Introduction to plant population biology. Blackwell, Oxford.

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 1 Summer
Faculty of Science Ecology and Environmental Protection (1) Ecology and environmental protection 1 Summer