30 years anniversary of the Faculty of Science USB

Today, the faculty celebrated 30 years anniversary and our working got involved in the celebration program. The aim was to show that botany is not boring and can be perceived by all of senses. It attracted a lot of attention. Everyone could see a variety of mini-habitats (from the pond to the sand pit), try out to determine plants, walk barefoot along the natural sidewalk, determine the plants by smell, and the bravest could also taste a variety of plants (even the famous durian).

Conference on Ecological Restoration - continuation

Members of our working group actively participate in the virtual SER conference. The topics of presentations were diverse. Klara talked about "Ten-year progress in the restoration of dry grasslands on arable land using a regional seed mixture: still on the way or on the home stretch?" Kamila presented the results of our peat bog project in a talk "Biodiversity restoration of formerly mined raised bogs - vegetation succession and recovery of other trophic groups". Miguel evaluated the participation of non-native species in successional series within our DaSS database: "Alien species in vegetation succession: participation, temporal trends and determining factors in various central European series". And Anička presented the results of her study on the development of aquatic and wetland vegetation in mining sites in a presentation entitled "Spontaneous succession of aquatic and wetland vegetation in post-mine sites".

Reports from the conference:

Our "conference venue" and especially our conference lunch made us famous.

Karel Prach has already been famous thanks to his work in the field of ecology of restoration. He shared his experience during a meeting with other scientists within the conference program.

Conference on Ecological Restoration

We enjoy the European Conference on Ecological Restoration at the Department of Botany - almost as if we were in Alicante. Karel Prach has already given his presentation, the rest is still waiting for their turn. The most important thing is not ot underestimate the conference lunch and tea break.

Spoil heaps after uranium mining for the third time

This year, we collected data from the last locality of uranium spoil heaps in the Czech Republic, from Horní Slavkov. Compared to the spoil heaps in Jáchymov, there grow less spruce, but more deciduous trees. In comparison with the spoil heaps in Příbram, they overgrow much faster. The spoil heaps already look as integrated parts of the local landscape with an interesting relief, often still copying the style of dumping.

Restoration in Šumava

... or another part of the mini-series Restoration ecology in practice. This time we visited Vlčí Jámy, a peatbog mined in the past. Thanks to the project of the Administration of the Šumava National Park, Life for Mires, the revitalization is successfully proceeding. For the third year in a row, we examine the succession of various trophic groups - plants, mosses, fungi and insects, at the peatbog. Following an agreement with the Administration of the National Park, our monitoring sites will be maintained in the future. We will thus have the opportunity to monitor the impact of revitalization on the organisms.

Restoration in Carlsbad

Summer is in its peak and you can hardly find a better place where to go than Carlsbad. It sounds tempting! This is exactly the place where kaolin mining sites are located - mining sites for which we have not compiled a succession sere of vegetation development yet. We managed to sample the vast majority of localities and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Next year, we are going to visit very old mining sites, which are no longer visible on the maps. Thanks to the perfect knowledge of the history of mining provided by our local guide, we also have the exact age of the sites - what more could a restoration ecologist wish!

Safari in Milovice

In the former arable field in Milovice, where we transferred biomass three years ago, aurochs and horses have been grazing since this year. So far, the grazed part is only slightly bitten, but it is already clear from the photos that the biomass is lower. In plots with transferred biomass, target species are beginning to increase, together with desired species of herbs and grasses.

We also re-sampled the so-called dust bath places. Unfortunately, some of them were destroyed by wild boars, but we also managed to find completely new plots. Our cars have become an attraction for wild horses. They thought it was candies and appropriately licked the car of the Faculty of Science as well as the Institute of Botany. When it came to kicking, Ondra stopped it as the right leader with the words, "Well, well, well" ... and the cars were saved.

Grazed (left) and ungrazed (right) plots in the former arable field

Cooperation with our German colleagues within the Erasmus+ program

Anita Kirmer and Sabine TischewCzech and German students have a now an opportunity to take part in exchange study stays thanks to the cooperation between the University of South Bohemia and the German Hochschule Anhalt within the Erasmus+ program. On the German side, the program is guaranteed by our colleagues, prof. Sabine Tischew and Dr. Anita Kirmer, with whom we have long-term cooperation. Students have the opportunity to study a bachelor or master degree in Nature Conservation and Landscape Planning. More information and online form can be found here.

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