DEPARTMENT OF FOREST BOTANY, DENDROLOGY AND GEOBIOCOENOLOGY
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Department was founded in 1922 as the Department of Dendrology. It guarantees study of wide spectrum of biological subjects focused on plants and their communities for many fields of study of the Mendel University in Brno. These are in particular general and special botany, dendrology, phytocenology, forest typology, landscape ecology, nature and landscape protection, geobiocenology and ecophysiology of tree species. In recent years agroforestry in subtropics and tropics has been also developed. The Department manages herbariums and xylotheque (about 80,000 items) and arboreta (Křtiny, Řícmanice and Habrůvka), which are important part of study and research. Research activities of the Department relate to utilization of molecular biology in taxonomy and population ecology, ecophysiology of tree species – in particular on organ level, biology of native and adventitious plant species (tree species and herbs) and dynamics of development of forest geobiocenoses.
DFBDG is the only institute in the Czech Republic, which develops on a long-term basis geobiocenological research and its applying in forestry, nature and landscape protection, urban and landscape planning and also in environmental protection. The Department has 5 divisions, namely plant (tree species) ecophysiology division, botany division, dendrology division, division of forest typology, geobiocenology and ecology, tropics division.
At the Department FFWT students are taught in study programs Arboriculture, Landscaping, Forestry with specialization - Management of Natural Resources of Tropics and Subtropics, and dendrology for Basic Wood Processing is also taught. During the year we teach at FFWT more than 50 subjects for the Forestry program. There is also study in English for the EUFO (European Forestry) students and for foreign students coming within the Erasmus + program. For the Faculty of Horticulture we teach subjects such as botany, phytocenology, geobiocenology and ecophysiology of tree species. Subject called Experts Block is ensured for students of all faculties.
The Department is a guarantee holder for the field of Management of Natural Resources of Tropics and Subtropics and ensures teaching of basic biology subjects, from botany and dendrology, through utility plants of tropics and subtropics, to ecosystems of the tropics and subtropics and their vegetation ecology. Guarantor of the subject is doc. Ing. Jindřich Pavliš, Ph.D. Guarantor of the study program Arboriculture is doc. Ing. Luboš Úradníček, CSc.
SCIENCE AND RESEARCH
Scientific and research activities of the Department are of wide scope, from cell level to landscape level. Exact ecophysiological methods are connected with solution of geobiocenological typology and ecology issues. Science and research are widely developed in four areas, the area of physiology of trees, area of dendrology and botany, area of geobiocenology and ecology, area of tropical and subtropical forestry.
FACILITIES FOR STUDY AND RESEARCH
The Department has 2 classrooms, Bayer lecture room No. B 43, equipped with microscopes and Zlatník lecture room No. B 45, specialized for courses of dendrology and geobiocenology. Part of the Department is also a tree biology laboratory, equipped with instruments for macromolecular analyses and ecophysiology of tree species. Herbarium with ca 60,000 items, with largest collection of willows in the Czech Republic and xylotheque are other teaching and at the same time collection objects. Another facility managed by the Department is the so-called Hacker tree nursery, external object near the Křtiny arboretum. The nursery served formerly for production of seedlings for the arboretum, now it is used for ecophysiological research. The dendrology department carries out professional management of arboreta at the Training Forest Enterprise Masaryk Forest Křtiny.
There are all the basic aids for biometric evaluation of tree species at the Department, i.e. callipers, laser rangefinders, accretion borers, scales, automatic dendrometers DRL26, etc. As for evaluation of ecophysiological parameters the Department possesses Sap flow modules and sensors, porometer AP4, fluorometer, thermographic camera and fluorescence microscope Olympus BX51. For effective data collection in the field we have set of field apparatuses with Field-Map software.
Foreign cooperation is developed among others with the following institutions: Imperial College London (Dr. Rob Ewers): Leading of our own research project within international experiment Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) in Malaysia, University of Oxford (Prof. Yadvinder Malhi) and University of Cambridge (Prof. David Coomes) in study of carbon sequestration and remote research of tropical forests in Malaysia, Peru and Ghana, University of Edinburgh – assessment of forest vertical structure in Malaysia.