Course: Vegetation of the Czech Republic

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Course title Vegetation of the Czech Republic
Course code BOT/VCRSB
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Dančák Martin, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Duchoslav Martin, RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Hroneš Michal, RNDr.
Course content
The course pays attention to the diversity of vegetation at the area of the Czech Republic and their causes. In the first part of the course, environmental conditions of the Central Europe is briefly mentioned. The second part is devoted to the development of the vegetation after the last glacial period. The third part of the course adresses description of the main vegetation types at the area of the Czech Republic, following this structure: syntaxonomy, floristic composition, synecology, distribution in the Czech Republic, importance for the nature conservation, the role in landscape, fresh-water and wetlands communities, meadows and pastures, xerophilous grasslands, mire communities, psammophytic and halophytic communities, communities of rock fissures and debris, subalpine tall-herb communities, forest communities (alluvial woodlands, alder carrs, oak woodlands, beech woodlands, scree and ravine woodlands, spruce woodlands), dwarf-pine communities, communities of woodland clearings. Synanthropic (anthropogenic) communities, some evidences of synanthropization in forest and non-forest communities.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Projection (static, dynamic)
  • Preparation for the Exam - 20 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 25 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 6 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Development of vegetation after the last glacial period and contemporary knowledge of the most important vegetation units at the area of the Czech Republic.
Student should be able to (after attending the course): - Define the role of spatial and temporal dynamics of vegetation in the landscape. - List the most important vegetation units in the Czech Republic, with special emphasis on syntaxonomy, species composition, ecological characteristics, geographic distribution and endangerment. - Consider the most important factors influencing the endangerment of the landscape. - Identify main plant communities of the Czech landscape.
Basic knowledge of plant ecology, Vegetation Science.

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Oral exam

Knowledge in extent of the lectures
Recommended literature
  • Ellenberg, H. (1988). Vegetation ecology of central Europe. Fourth edition.. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • & Chytrý, M. (2007). Vegetace České republiky. Praha: Academia.
  • & Chytrý, M. (2010). Vegetace České republiky. Praha: Academia.
  • & Chytrý, M. (2011). Vegetace České republiky. Praha: Academia.
  • Chytrý, M. (ed.). (2013). Vegetace Č eské republiky 4.. Praha.
  • Chytrý, M., Kučera, T., Kočí, M., Grulich, V., & Lustyk, P. (2010). Katalog biotopů České republiky =: Habitat catalogue of the Czech Republic. Praha: Agentura ochrany přírody a krajiny ČR.
  • Ložek, V. (1973). Příroda ve čtvrtohorách. Praha: Academia.
  • Ložek, V. (2007). Zrcadlo minulosti: česká a slovenská krajina v kvartéru. Praha: Dokořán.
  • Pokorný, P. (2011). Neklidné časy: kapitoly ze společných dějin přírody a lidí. Praha: Dokořán.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Teaching Training in Biology for Secondary Schools (2015) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Summer
Faculty of Science Botany (2015) Biology courses 1 Summer