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My main research interests include aquatic and wetland vegetation and its interactions to environmental factors, animals, land use and habitat management. I have focused on various wetland types, including wetland complexes in floodplains or wetlands on arable land. During the last 20 years I have concentrated particularly on the research of fishponds and fish storage ponds. These habitats offer broad opportunities for research of wetland plant species and communities. Together with colleagues from the Institute of Botany CAS and other institutions, we have investigated vegetation dynamics of fishponds and fish storage ponds, soil seed bank and seed dispersal. For instance, we carried out such research in the framework of the national COST project, which is a part of the COST action NETLAKE, involving research institutions from more than 20 European countries. Elaboration of large amount of data from this project, and partly also collection of new ones, still continues.
Temporary wetlands on arable land are a specific wetland type, which recently started to attract more attention. These habitats are characterised by unique biodiversity of various groups of plants and animals. For instance, together with colleagues from the Institute of Botany and Zoology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University we collected new data on two dozen periodic wetlands in southern Moravia during hydrologically favourable year 2020. We make efforts to get grant for further, more detailed research and thus enable also study of challenging topics such as the role of soil propagule bank in species survival in wetlands on arable land.
Besides the wetland ecology I’m also focused on geographic distribution of selected wetland and weedy vascular plant species. For instance, during the grant project “Centre of Excellence PLADIAS” I participated on elaboration of several dozen out of several hundred of distribution maps of vascular plant taxa growing as wild on the territory of the Czech Republic. The mapping part of the project, ensured mainly by the colleagues from the Department of taxonomy IB CAS, and also from some institutions outside the IB, continues even after the end of grant. Its results, i.e. new maps and actualisations of earlier maps, are displayed in public part of the PLADIAS database.