Course: Bioindication

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Course title Bioindication
Course code EKO/BIOID
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Hekera Petr, RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Drozd Pavel
  • Kuras Tomáš, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Biological indicators. Characteristics and types of bioindication. Basic methodology, biological variables, environmental and biotic indicators. Bioindication of air pollution by wood-destroying fungi, lichens and mosses. Use of lichens as testing organisms. Bioindication of eutrophication of water - "water bloom and vegetation hue". Fungi and yeasts as indicators of water saprobity. Biomonitoring of freshwater, water quality monitoring, saprobic index. Saprobiological water evaluation based on the analysis of zoocoenoses. Use of aquatic macrophytes to indicate water pollution and for tertiary wastewater treatment. Ruderal communities as bioindicators. Indicatingly significant species of the ichtyofauna of the CR. Biomonitoring as a science. Monitoring of species and their protection. Monitoring of the succession of biocoenoses in natural and anthropogenic ecosystems, classification of relictness of the presence of representatives of bioindicatingly significant groups of animals. Indicators for naturalness of biocoenoses in specific types of habitat. Monitoring of the succession of biocoenoses in natural and anthropogenic ecosystems. Landscape monitoring, degree of the landscape deterioration. Prehistoric and historic changes in the landscape due to the effect of human activities.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Projection (static, dynamic)
  • Attendace - 24 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
General part of lecture series will provide students with brief principles and methodological fundamentals of bioindications (and of biomonitoring) - integral part of the evaluation of all types of environments. Special part will focus on examples of both the classical bioindication methods working with traditionally used parameters such as diversity of communities, saprobic valence and bioindicative weight of species and methods based on the use of knowledge of ecology (bionomics) of selected groups of fauna and flora.
Introduction to the methodological principles of Bioindication - Familiarity with examples and applications bioindicating methods

Assessment methods and criteria
Analyssis of the Student's Portfolio, Seminar Work

Writing a paper concerning a studied issue (selection from assigned topics).
Recommended literature
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  • DROZD P. Význam a využití nových ekologických poznatků pro ochranu přírody. 2004, Ostrava..
  • KOLEKTIV. ČSN 75 7716, 1998 Praha.
  • Larcher W. (2003). Physiological plant ecology. Ecophysiology and stress physiology of functional groups. Springer, pp. 513.
  • MOOG O. Fauna aquatica austriaca. 1995, Wien..
  • ROSENBERG, D. M. & RESH, V. H. Freshwater biomonitoring and benthic makroinvertebrates. 1993, London..
  • SINCLAIR A.R.E., FRYXELL J., CAUGHLEY G. Wildlife Ecology, Conservation And Management. 2006, Blackwell Publishing Professional..
  • SLÁDEČEK, V., SLÁDEČKOVÁ A. A Atlas vodních organismů se zřetelem na vodárenství, povrchové vody a čistírny odpadních vod. 1997, Praha..
  • SPELLERBERG. I. F. Monitorování ekologických změn. 1995, Brno..

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Hydrobiology (2015) Biology courses - Winter
Faculty of Science Ecology and Environmental Protection (1) Ecology and environmental protection - Winter
Faculty of Science Ecology and Environmental Protection (1) Ecology and environmental protection - Winter