Welcome to the webpage of Plant ecology section of Botany department at Faculty of Science of Charles University in Prague.
Plant ecology (or geobotany) is the science of ecology of plants in space and time. It is divided in two main fields: (i) population biology and ecology of plants and (ii) geography and history of vegetation.
The first includes:
- ecology of plant populations, population and metapopulation dynamics, molecular ecology, ecology of invasive species, long-distance dispersal
- inter- and intraspecific interactions, community ecology and dynamics, plant-herbivore interactions (incl. pasture), plant-pathogen interactions
- influence of main factors of abiotic environment, adaptations to extremes
The second includes:
- classification of plant communities (phytosociology), relationship between vegetation and factors of environment (studied by multivariate analysis)
- vegetation phenomena in regard to geomorphology, geology a microclimate
- large scale vegetation and landscape structure, landscape heterogeneity, changes in species distributions in regard to environmental factors
- plant diversity and environment, hierarchy of diversity in landscape
- history of vegetation and its influence on present state
We try to study both fields separately and also jointly because none makes much sense without knowledge of the other. Geobotany has its important implications in nature conservation, landscape planning, restoration ecology, etc.