Bi6540 Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Faculty of Science
Spring 2017
Extent and Intensity
3/0/0. 3 credit(s) (fasci plus compl plus > 4). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
prof. RNDr. Milan Chytrý, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Milan Chytrý, Ph.D.
Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: prof. RNDr. Milan Chytrý, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Mon 20. 2. to Mon 22. 5. Tue 9:00–11:50 D31/239
Prerequisites (in Czech)
( Bi2130 Field course of system. botany || Bi2230 Field course of botany )&&( Bi2030 High. plant phylog. & divers. )&&(! B6540 Vegetation of Czech Republic )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
there are 12 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
The course provides basic overview of main types of natural, semi-natural and anthropogenic vegetation of the Czech Republic, based on the phytosociological classification system. The students will understand species composition, habitat conditions, distribution and dynamics of particular vegetation types.
  • 1. Basic terms: flora, vegetation, plant community, stand; units of hierarchical vegetation classification.
  • 2. Abiotic natural conditions of the Czech Republic and their effect on vegetation.
  • 3. Broad-leaved deciduous forests: main forest trees, their habitat requirements and competitive relationships, dynamics of natural forests, human impact on forests, modification of site conditions by tree layer.
  • 4. Types of broad-leaved deciduous forests: beech, oak-hornbeam, ravine, floodplain, acidophilous oak, thermophilous oak forests and alder carrs.
  • 5. Coniferous forests: spruce, boreo-continental and peri-Alpidic pine forests, krummholz.
  • 6. Alpine vegetation: alpine timberline, anemo-orographic systems; alpine grasslands, tall-forb vegetation.
  • 7. Vegetation of cliffs, screes and primitive soils.
  • 8. Aquatic vegetation, reeds, tall-sedge stands and ephemeral wetland vegetation.
  • 9. Saline vegetation. Plant adaptations to saline soils, main types of saline vegetation.
  • 10. Mires: fens, transitional mires, bogs, bog pine forests, subalpine mires, peatland meadows. Spring vegetation.
  • 11. Meadows and pastures: history of meadow vegetation, habitat, dynamics, management; main types of meadow and pasture vegetation.
  • 12. Nardus grasslands and heathlands.
  • 13. Dry grasslands: their relationships to steppe vegetation, habitat, main types of dry grasslands.
  • 14. Anthropogenic vegetation: origin of synanthropic flora, ecology of arable weeds, main types of anthropogenic vegetation.
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Oral exam: requirements include knowledge of dominant species, ecology, distribution and dynamics of vegetation types of the Czech Republic. Students of Systematic Biology and Ecology that are specialized in Botany are also expected to know species composition of particular vegetation types and habitat affinities of important species of the Czech flora.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2008 - for the purpose of the accreditation, Spring 2011 - only for the accreditation, Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, spring 2012 - acreditation, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
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