DEPARTMENT OF FOREST PROTECTION AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Forest Protection and Wildlife Management carries out pedagogical and scientific activities in particular in forest protection and stress ecology, phytopathology, forest entomology, wildlife management, applied zoology, ecology and animal genetics. Crucial research topics supported by projects are diseases of genus Phytophthora and Dothistroma spp., ash dieback, pest gradation, management of game etc. The Department continues long research tradition of eminent personalities of forest protection and wildlife management, who worked at the Department (e.g. prof. Antonín Dyk, prof. Oktavián Farský or prof. Josef Hromas), and tries to use to maximum extent latest technologies, current scientific knowledge and international cooperation in scientific and research activities in such manner so that the Czech Republic belonged to important global players in the field of protection of woody plants, wood pests and pathogens. Leading figure of the current Department of Forest Protection and Wildlife Management is prof. Dr. Ing. Libor Jankovský.
The Department provides study of courses and guiding of theses in particular for students of Arboriculture, Landscaping, Forestry and Management of Natural Resources in Tropical and Subtropical Regions.
SCIENCE AND RESEARCH
In forest protection the crucial issue, on which the Department concentrates at present, is response of pathogens and pests to changed conditions of the environment in connection with expected global climate change and anthropic pressure, including issues related to forest dieback. One of profile topics remains seeking possible solutions of intolerable damages caused by game. There is an effort to concentrate on management of populations of wild animals living in cultural landscape, with the aim to minimize conflicts and create functional systematic model of measures with regard to the needs of forest management and nature protection. Another distinctive orientation of profiling of the Department is possibilities of application of careful methods of forest protection based on principle of ecological regulation of ecosystem with minimum energy interventions.
In forest entomology we deal in particular with bionomics of insect pests, in particular in connection with changes of their behavior at concurrent shift of environment parameters. In wildlife management, besides traditional topics such as game biology, attention is paid at present to management of populations of wild animals, prevention of occurrence and possibility of elimination of damaging of forest and agricultural stands by game, monitoring of health status of wild game. The Department focuses also on topical issues of ethology of game and selected animals, animal ecology, protection of animal gene pool and genetics based on the study of molecular biology.
The Department is involved in VaV center of Mendel Research Infrastructure within a project OP VVV excellent teams (Phytophthora Research Centrum; 2016-2022), and filed project of excellent research CeTeBiD, where the issue of complex research of woody plants diseases is solved, in which only several specialized institutes in the world are engaged.
At present the main tasks that are being solved are besides diseases of genus Phytophthora (OP VVV Phytophthora Research Centrum), issue of ash dieback and its practical solutions (H2020 EMPHASIS, COST FRAXBACK), invasive diseases (H2020 EMPHASIS), invasive quarantine diseases Dothistroma spp. (COST DIAROD), invasive Fusarium circinatum (COST ACTION PINESTRENGTH) etc. Game management section is involved in the Security Research of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic for detection and semiquantification of up to 50 pathogenic agents important from the point of view of health of the population, food resources and environment, in one analysis. It also deals on a long-term basis with damage by game, game management, game biology and heredity.
FACILITIES FOR STUDY AND RESEARCH
The Department of Forest Protection and Wildlife Management has equipment for molecular detection of pathogens of woody plants, as well as for classic identification by optical methods. Employees may use laboratories for molecular biology with top quality equipment and related background, for example sequencer, sterile box, heating block, thermal cycler BIORAD, thermal cycler Mastercycler ep gradient (Eppendorf) with control panel and many others.
External partners of the Department are for example: Horák's Forest Nurseries – leading forest nursery company in the Czech Republic and also in Europe,
Forest Nursery Association of the Czech Republic – society associating more than 90 ornamental plant growers, ARBOEKO – one of the biggest companies in growing, sale and distribution of ornamental woody plants, Lesy České republiky, s. p., Vojenské lesy a statky, s. p., Association of Municipal and Private Forest Owners in the Czech Republic .
International partners of the Department are for example: BFW - Bundesforschungs- und Ausbildungszentrum für Wald, Naturgefahren und Landschaft, Vienna, ÖSTERREICH, FABI - Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA, SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, SWEDEN, TUZVO – Technical University in Zvolen, Zvolen, SLOVAK REPUBLIC, NIBIO – Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Ås, NORWAY.