Course: Carnivorous Plants

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Course title Carnivorous Plants
Course code EKO/MASO
Organizational form of instruction Exercise
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
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
  • Dančák Martin, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Discussed species will be characterised in major biological aspects: taxonomy and systematics, phytogeography, ecology and physiology of carnivory in general. Integral part of the course is a practical training in cultivation and use of carnivorous plants. Carnivory in plants Trapping mechanisms Digestion of prey Reproduction Systematics and taxonomy Distribution and phytogeography Ecology Cultivation Breeding and hybridisation Genera: Nepenthes, Dionaea, Sarracenia, Aldrovanda, Darlingtonia, Pinguicula, Heliamphora, Cephalotus, Byblis, Drosera, Utricularia, Polypompholyx, Genlisea, Drosophyllum, Roridula, Triphyophyllum, Brocchinia, Catopsis.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Observation, Demonstration, Projection (static, dynamic)
Learning outcomes
Aim of this course is to introduce to students the native and cultivated species of carnivorous plants.
Student should be able to (after attending the course): - cultivate most of carnivorous plants - classify all genera and most important species of carnivorous plants - describe their phytogeography, ecology and their morphoogical and physiological adaptations - apply theoretical knowledge of biological characteristics in adequate cultivation
Basic knowledge on biology.

Assessment methods and criteria
Seminar Work

Colloquium - seminar essay (3 pages of A4) and seminar presentation (15 min) on given topics.
Recommended literature
  • Clarke, C. (1997). Nepenthes of Borneo. Natural History Publications, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo.
  • Clarke, C. (2001). Nepenthes of Sumatra and peninsular Malaysia. Natural History Publications, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo.
  • Časopisy. Masožravé rostliny, Trifid, Carnivorous Plant Newsletter.
  • Lowrie, A. (1999). Carnivorous Plants of Australia, Vol III. University of Western Australia Press.
  • Lowrie, A. (1989). Carnivorous Plants of Australia, Vol II. University of Western Australia Press.
  • Lowrie, A. (1987). Carnivorous Plants of Australia, Vol I. University of Western Australia Press.
  • McPherson, S. (2006). Pitcher Plants of the Americas. McDonald and Woodward, Blacksburg.
  • Pásek, K. (2006). Masožravé rostliny / Podrobný návod k pěstování. Grada.
  • Studnička, M. (2006). Masožravé rostliny. Academia Praha.
  • Švarc, D. (2003). Masožravé rostliny. Sursum.
  • Taylor, P. (1989). The genus Utricularia: a taxonomic monograph. Kew Bull. Add. Ser. 14:1-724.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Physical Culture Biology (1) Biology courses 3 Winter
Faculty of Science Ecology and Environmental Protection (1) Ecology and environmental protection 3 Winter