Course: Tropical Botany

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Course title Tropical Botany
Course code EKO/TRBOT
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course 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.
Course content
It covers definition of basic terms including definition of the tropics and description of the key features dealing with the topic of tropical botany, such as: tropical climate, characteristics of tropical biomes and azonal and extrazonal tropical vegetation, introduction to tropical ecology, phytogeographical characteristics of the tropics, biologically important and distinct tropical plant taxa, tropical crops and utility plants and nature conservation in tropic regions. The course also includes an excursion to greenhouses of Palacký University and Prague Botanical Garden. 1. Climate and biogeography 2. Phytogeography 3. Important and distinct tropical plant taxa 4. Tropical Ecology 5. Tropical crops and utility plants 6. Nature conservation and protection

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Demonstration, Projection (static, dynamic)
Learning outcomes
The course provides a basic overview on the tropical botany.
Student would be able to - define main biotic and abiotic factors of tropic and temperate climatic zones - define important tropical vegetation types - recall important tropical taxa - recall important tropical crop and utility plants - popsat významné rostlinné taxony tropů - popsat významné tropické kulturní a užitkové rostliny
The course is recommended for students of master programme in botany. However, any other students of various master programmes interested in the field of tropical botany are welcome as well. The course requires certain degree of basic knowledge in botanical fields (Systematics, Phytogeography, Ecology etc.), therefore it is generally not suitable for students of bachelor study programmes.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam

colloquium: 1. seminar essay on given topic / review on give scientific paper 2. seminar presentation on given topic
Recommended literature
  • Endress P. K. (1996). Diversity and Evolutionary Biology of Tropical Flowers. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Hendrych, R. (1984). Systém a evoluce vyšších rostlin. Praha: SPN, 1979. 517 s.. Praha: SPN.
  • Larsen K. et Holm-Nielsen L. B. [eds.]. (1979). Tropical botany. Academic Press, London, New York.
  • Luttge U. (1997). Physiological Ecology of Tropical Plants. Springer-Verlag, New York.
  • Morley R. J. (2000). Origin and Evolution of Tropical Rain Forests. John Wiley & Sons, London.
  • Osborne P. J. (2000). Tropical Ecosystems and Ecological Concepts. Cambridge Univ. Press., Cambridge.
  • Richards, P. W. (1998). The Tropical Rainforest. Cambridge Univ. Press., Cambridge.
  • Valíček, P. et al. (2002). Užitkové rostliny tropů a subtropů. Praha: Academia.
  • Whitmore T. M. (1998). An Introduction to Tropical Rain Forests, 2nd edition. Oxford Univ. Press., Oxford.

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 Winter
Faculty of Science Ecology and Environmental Protection (1) Ecology and environmental protection 1 Winter
Faculty of Science Botany (2015) Biology courses 1 Winter
Faculty of Science Ecology and Environmental Protection (1) Ecology and environmental protection 3 Winter