Course: Tropical Phytocenosis

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Course title Tropical Phytocenosis
Course code KBD/QTRS
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study 1
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Malíková Lenka, Ing. Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Content of lectures: 1. Tropics and subtropics: climate, division of plant communities and their distribution, 2. Deserts and arid areas, environmental factors and their influence on vegetation 3. Hardwood forests of the Mediterranean 4. Grassy plant communities and primary production 5. Tropical savannas 6 Lakes and deltas of large rivers 7. Wetland plant communities 8. Tropical forests and biodiversity 9. Mountain ecosystems of tropics 10. Mangroves 11. Island vegetation 12. Tropical plant communities and the impact of human populations 13. Global ecology: biodiversity protection, climate change and sustainable development 14. Ethnoecology Course contents: 1. Information sources in the field of tropical ecology, assignment of student projects; 2. Presentation of plant species of arid regions 3. Presentation of plant species of the Mediterranean 4. Biomass and primary production 5. Methods of studying plant communities 6. Use of GIS for research of biological diversity 7. Tropical forests of SE Asia 8. Amazon rainforest 9. Tropical forests of Africa 10 Projects for the protection of tropical forests 11. Inventory study of tropical rainforest 12. Student projects: presentation and discussion 13. Excursion: botanical garden 14. Case studies from the fields of ethnoecology and ethnobotany

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Excursion
  • Field trip - 17 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 16 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 30 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 55 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 12 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 30 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Aims of the course: The course deals with the issue of individual ecosystems and types of vegetation in tropical and subtropical areas. It presents their distribution in the world, their functioning and the specifics of characteristic species. It also provides a current overview of the use of individual ecosystems, the impacts of human activities and the basic principles of sustainable use. The course will also focus on plant species that are grown as houseplants and ornamental plants, or can be grown as outdoor ornamental plants in the Czech Republic. According to the topic, the lectures will be supplemented by documentaries and excursions to the botanical garden in Troja.
Basic knowledge of ecology, botany and anatomy.
10-15 minute oral presentation, knowledge of basic principles of ecology and botanical classification

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance assessment, Interview, Combined exam, Test, Seminar work

-be able to determine and characterize typical tropical communities, their environmental conditions and characteristic organism occurring there
Recommended literature
  • ARCHIBOLD, O.W. Ecology of world vegetation. Chapman & Hall. London, 1995.
  • CRAWLEY, M. J. Plant ecology. Blackwell Scientific Publications, London, UK, 1996.
  • LÜTTGE, U. Physiological Ecology of Tropical Plants. Springer, 1997.
  • MORTON J. F. Fruits of warm climates. Media, Incorporated, 1987.
  • OSBORNE, P. L. Tropical ecosystems and ecological concepts. Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • VERHEIJ E.W.M., Coronel R.E. (Eds.). Plant Resources of South-East Asia No 2. Edible fruits and Nuts. Pudoc/Prosea. Wageningen, the Netherlands, 1991.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture and Technology Study plan (Version): Biology and protection of "hobby" organisms (2013) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture and Technology Study plan (Version): Biology and protection of "hobby" organisms (2019) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter