Course: Biology of Nature Protection

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Course title Biology of Nature Protection
Course code KAES/QBOP
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study 1
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Kopecký Marek, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Contents. Agricultural ecosystems and biodiversity conservation (agroecosystems and agroecology, agroecosystems versus natural ecosystems). Agroecosystems and biodiversity (ecosystem services, functional biodiversity, measuring of biodiversity, main players in agroecosystems). Agriculture and its effect on biodiversity (the central paradigm). The main effects of agriculture on the biodiversity. Target groups and questions of conservation of taxonomical and functional biodiversity. Indicators of biodiversity in agriculture for monitoring of environmental changes. Pests in agriculture (ecological view). Control and management of pests, integrative management of pests. Pesticides and its effect on biodiversity. Biological control (documentation and risk assessment). Classical and neoclassical biological control. Insects pathogenes and pest control. Agriculture and surrounding landscape (field margins, hedgerows, etc. as biotope for natural enemies). Metapopulations. Models and case studies. Management of fields margins. Pastures and biodiversity. Holistic approach on the management in agricultural landscape (biotechnologies, pests conservation). Agriculture in protected areas (sustainable development, agrotourism, present trends in agrotourism, tourism and cultural changes). Agroecosystems, biodiversity conservation and legislation of EU.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book)
  • Preparation for exam - 50 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 12 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 40 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 48 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with modern biological foundations and procedures that are applied in a practical nature and landscape protection; special attention is given to agroecosystems. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to design a management environment that is environmentally friendly and supportes biodiversity.
Graduates will deepen their knowledge of nature conservation and environmental management practices and biodiversity support.
Basic knowledge of ecology, zoology and botany.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Systematic student observation, Test

Basic knowledge of conservation biology (scientific disciplines on which conservation biology is based - biology, ecology, agriculture, forestry, etc.)
Recommended literature
  • Boháč J. Biologie ochrany přírody pro agroekology., 2013.
  • Kindlmann P., Matějka K., Doležal P. Lesy Šumavy, lýkožrout a ochrana přírody. Praha, 2012.
  • Kolář F. a kol. Ochrana přírody z pohledu biologa, Proč a jak chránit českou přírodu. Praha, 2012.
  • Primack R., Kindlmann P., Jirsáková J. Biologické principy ochrany přírody. Praha, 2001.
  • Primack R.B., Kindlmann P., Jersáková J. Úvod do biologie ochrany přírody. Praha, 2011.
  • Šarapatka B., Niggli U.. Zemědělství a krajina. Cesty k vzájemnému souladu. Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci., 2008.
  • Wood D., Lenné J. M. Agrobiodiversity: characterization, utilization and management.. CAB International, Wallingford, 1999.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agricultural Ecology (2017) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agricultural Ecology (2017) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter