A phycology group at the Department of Botany, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice
Phycology (from greek fykos = algae) or also algology (from latin algae) is taught at the Faculty of Science of the University of South Bohemia at the Department of Botany (systematic lectures and seminars) and the Department of Ecology (aspects of ecology and hydrobiology). The discipline is studied in Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees. The region of South Bohemia not only accomodates the Faculty of Science, but also many biological institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the CR, which makes the place exceptional in terms of the highest number of experts on algae and cyanobacteria in the country and probably also "to the east of the Rhine".
Our laboratory is involved in a research of biology of cyanobacteria and algae in both aquatic and terrestrial environments. We apply modern taxonomic approach to different groups of algae and particularly cyanobacteria; great attention is given also to the survival strategies of algae and cyanobacteria in extreme conditions. We work with a variety of methods, from high-quality optical microscopy and electron microscopy to the techniques of molecular biology.
Our students have guaranteed access to the modern laboratory equipment and many international contacts, including the possibility to accomplish the Master’s program in the U.S. Finished phycology students find application in basic and applied research in state or private laboratories and organizations monitoring the water quality (e.g. health institutions, river basin enterprises).
The article "Hunting the eagle killer: A cyanobacterial neurotoxin causes vacuolar myelinopathy", in which participated Jan Mareš and José A. Martínez Yerena from our laboratory, was published in the prestigious journal Science! Congratulations!
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In the summer of 2021 two determination courses will take place. In the context of the current epidemiological situation, we decided to organize our determination course in the form of an online webinars. More information can be found here:
Breinlinger, S., Phillips, T. J., Haram, B. N., Mareš, J., Martínez Yerena, J. A., Hrouzek, P., Sobotka, R., Henderson, W. M., Schmieder, P., Williams, S. M., Lauderdale, J. D., Wilde, H. D., Gerrin, W., Kust, A., Washington, J. W., Wagner, C., Geier, B., Liebeke, M., Enke, H., … Wilde, S. B. (2021). Hunting the eagle killer: A cyanobacterial neurotoxin causes vacuolar myelinopathy. Science, 371(6536), eaax9050.
Chen, G. E., Hitchcock, A., Mareš, J., Gong, Y., Tichý, M., Pilný, J., ... & Sobotka, R. (2021). Evolution of Ycf54-independent chlorophyll biosynthesis in cyanobacteria. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(10).
Saha, S., Esposito, G., Urajová, P., Mareš, J., Ewe, D., Caso, A., ... & Juráň, J. (2020). Discovery of unusual cyanobacterial tryptophan-containing anabaenopeptins by MS/MS-based molecular networking. Molecules, 25(17), 3786.