Mire Ecology Working Group

Department of Botany and Zoology | Masaryk University | Faculty of Science | Research Plan


Our scientific work is focused on
research of vegetation and species diversity of mires, fens, wet meadows and springs in relation to main environmental factors including historical and recent anthropic influence. Special attention is paid to correlations between the communities composition of various taxonomic groups (vascular plants, bryophytes, algae, molluscs, fungi, and cryptophytes). Communities composition is evaluated along local environmental gradients and large geographic gradients. The research includes various contrasting biotopes (bogs, tufa-forming springs, terrestrializing fishpond edges, nutrient-rich wet meadows, and high-mountain mires)Eriophoretum in various bioclimatic and geographic regions (Southern Bohemia, Sudeten Mountains, flysh Carpathians, Central Carpathians, and mountains of the Balkan peninsula). Existing knowledge in relatively well-explored regions is synthesized and pioneer research activities in hitherto non-explored regions are realized, e.g. in the Balkan region. The research also includes testing conventional methods of ecological research of mires, as well as development of new ones, i.e. sampling of algae and molluscs in mire vegetation, observation of long-time reduction conditions in mire ground and nutrient limitation determination using chemical composition of plants. Methodological research also includes long-time monitoring of water physical-chemical properties, which have a primary influence on mire ecosystems, and evaluation of one-time measurements reliability of environmental factors.