SubjectsSubjects(version: 861)
Course, academic year 2019/2020
Basic Entomology - MB170P79
Title: Úvod do entomologie
Czech title: Úvod do entomologie
Guaranteed by: Department of Zoology (31-170)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2008
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 5
Examination process: winter s.:combined
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/2 C+Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Guarantor: doc. RNDr. Jakub Prokop, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Mgr. Petr Janšta, Ph.D.
doc. RNDr. Jakub Prokop, Ph.D.
Mgr. Jakub Straka, Ph.D.
Mgr. Petr Šípek, Ph.D.
doc. RNDr. Jitka Vilímová, CSc.
doc. RNDr. Jan Votýpka, Ph.D.
Attributes: Modul Organismy
Annotation -
Last update: JPROKOP (17.04.2007)
The lecture is focused on the general topics and branches of entomology on the basic level. The study includes insect
morphology, systematics, phylogeny, physiology, ecology, ontogeny, interactions with other organisms etc. The aim is to
present general state of knowledge of insects based on modern and traditional methods to wide spectrum of bachelor
students of different biology specialization. Target of practices is to show basic and modern methods of entomology research
and collections together with identification of the main insect groups, comparative morphology of various structures and
adaptations by the practical tasks. Additionally is recommended to take Field course in zoology [B170T24I].
Literature -
Last update: JPROKOP (17.04.2007)

Daly, H.V., et al. 1998. Introduction to Insect Biology and Diversity. Oxford New York, Oxford University Press, 680 pp.

Grimaldi, D.A. & Engel, M.S. 2005. Evolution of the insects. Cambridge University Press, 755 pp.

Gullan, P.J. & Cranston, P.S. 2005. The Insects: An Outline of Entomology. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK 2005, 505 pp.

Tree of Life Web Project. 2002. Insecta. Insects. Internet Websites. in The Tree of Life Web Project,

Requirements to the exam - Czech
Last update: doc. RNDr. Jakub Prokop, Ph.D. (08.12.2011)

Zápočet z praktika na základě dostatečně prezence a aktivního přístupu.

Zkouška probíhá formou písemného testu (z každé přednášky po jedné otázce, tzn. celkem 11 otázek).

Materiály: viz. doporučená literatura, prezentace z přednášek na webu katedry zoologie.

Syllabus -
Last update: JPROKOP (17.04.2007)

1. Introduction, why to study insects, importance, position within arthropods, research history

2. General morphology, ontogeny, higher phylogeny on the basis of the important novelties

3. Exopterygota - overview of the main groups and their characteristics and importance

4. Endopterygota - overview of the main groups and their characteristics and importance

5. Paleoentomology - evidence based on fossil record, preservation and major steps in phylogeny

6. Insect physiology - respiration, digestive and excretive systems - basic function, musculature, cuticle and tagmosis, endocrines and exocrine glands

7. Insect autecology - physical factors (e.g., limiting factors, terrestrial and water adaptations, adaptations of critical environment conditions etc.)

8. Insect autecology - biotic factors (e.g., insect interactions, feeding strategies, predation, parasitism, mutualism, sociality, insect communication)

9. Applied entomology - medical, forestry and agriculture entomology, pest control, insect and human

10. Biodiversity - how to study insect biodiversity, protection in situ and ex situ, GenBank, invasive species, endangered species, biodiversity monitoring, research strategies, CITES

11. Molecular interactions among insect vectors and transmitted pathogens, insect immunity and cellular defense responses in insects. Background information on essential methodologies used in molecular entomological. The basic developmental, genetic and genomic focused on the model insect organism Drosophila, Anopheles, Tribolium etc. Transgenic insects.

Practices are focused on the identification and presentation of main insect groups with major characters, comparative morphology and various environment adaptations demonstrated by the practical tasks. Additionally the modern methods of entomology research as well as collecting will be presented.

Charles University | Information system of Charles University |