Course: Function and Use of Macrophytes

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Course title Function and Use of Macrophytes
Course code KBD/QMFYT
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study 1
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Čížková Hana, prof. RNDr. CSc.
Course content
Overview of important groups of macrophytic vegetation. Aquatic and swamp plants as an element of ecological stability of the landscape. Uptake of mineral nutrients in littoral vegetation, species suitable for wastewater treatment plants, function of plant roots in the rootzone treatment plant, propagation, planting and treatment of vegetation treatment plants. Dynamics of macrophyte growth of water reservoirs, factors causing excessive development of water macrovegetation, methods of its control. Development of fishpond vegetation in relation to fishing management and fish production. Growing and harvesting ofmacrophytes for industrial processing, application in medicine, cosmetics and food. Aquatic and swamp plants as a supplementary food for waterfowl and fish and other uses for ornamental and landscaping purposes.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing)
  • Preparation for classes - 8 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the basic characteristics, functioning and use of aquatic macrophytes, i.e., the plant species of wetlands including shallow water bodies. Macrophytes are presented from different points of view: (1) main environmental characteristics influencing the life of macrophytes, (2) adaptations of emerged and submerged macrophytes to the environmental conditions, (3) typical species of macrophytes in different wetland types (4) contribution of macrophytes to wetland ecosystem services , (4) paludiculture: cultivation and use of macrophytes as food, fodder, medicinal purposes, technological and building materials, renewable energy resources, (5) Functions of macrophytes in wastewater treatment, (6) rare species of macrophytes, (7) invasive species of macrophytes.
Basic knowledge of macrophyta and importance and conservation of wetlands.
Knowing the basic botany

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

Basic knowledge of botany and ecology
Recommended literature
  • Čížková, H., Vlasáková, L., Květ, J. Mokřady: ekologie, ochrana a udržitelné využívání. České Budějovice, 2017. ISBN 978-80-7394-658-6.
  • Gangstad O. E. Freshwater vegetation management. 1986.
  • Hejný S. Rostliny vod a pobřeží. Praha, 2000. ISBN 80-7219-000-8.
  • Květ J., Jeník J., Soukupová L. Freshwater wetlands and their sustainable future: A case study of the Třeboň basin biosphere reserve, Czech Republic. 2002.

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: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agricultural Ecology (2017) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer