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Basic Ecology - MO550P73P
Title: Úvod do ekologie
Czech title: Úvod do ekologie
Guaranteed by: Institute for Environmental Studies (31-550)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2021
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 4
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:2/0, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Note: enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: prof. Mgr. Ing. Jan Frouz, CSc.
Teacher(s): doc. RNDr. Martin Čech, Ph.D.
prof. Mgr. Ing. Jan Frouz, CSc.
Is incompatible with: MO550P95E
Annotation -
Last update: RNDr. Jolana Tátosová, Ph.D. (24.10.2019)
The lecture provides basic knowledge of ecology for bachelor students in the following range : definition, basic conditions for life existence, abiotic and biotic factors, ecological niche (tolerance limits, optimum, resource usage), definition of population (mortality, natality, growth, regulation, models of growth), interactions of organisms and environment (autecology), inter- and intrapopulation interactions (competition, predation, mutualism, symbiosis), definition of community (species diversity, stability, disturbance, succession, island theory), ecosystem definition (energy flow, trophic structure, energy transfer efficiency, primary and secondary production, basic cycle of nutrients (carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus)).
Literature -
Last update: RNDr. Jolana Tátosová, Ph.D. (25.10.2019)


Odum E. P., 1971: Fundamentals of Ecology. W B Saunders Co; 3 edition, 574 pages.

Larcher W. 2003: Physiological Plant Ecology.  Springer; 4th edition, 514 pages.

Begon M., Harper J.L., Townsend C.R. 2006 : Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems. Wiley-Blackwell; 4 edition, 750 pages


Ecological journals (Web of Knowledge, Scopus)

Requirements to the exam - Czech
Last update: prof. Mgr. Ing. Jan Frouz, CSc. (15.11.2011)

semestrální práce, ústní zkouška

Syllabus -
Last update: Marek Hovorka (23.04.2002)

Basic rules in ecology. Definition and functioning of the ecosystems. Organisms and their environments, factors limiting distribution. Population basic parameters , population growth, natality, mortality, abundance . Intraspecific and interspecific competition. Regulation of population size. Some example of population studies, the optimum yield. The nature of communities the flux of energy and matter through communities . Organization of the communities, species diversity. Islands areas and colonization. Conservation of the biodiversity . Evolutionary ecology


ODUM E.P. Basic Ecology, 1983:. Saunders, Philadelphia

KREBS Ch. J. Ecology, The Experimental Analysis of Distribution and Abundance

1994: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.

BEGON M., HARPER J.L., TOWNSEND C.R. 1996: Ecology Blackwell Sci.

RICKLEFS R.E., MILLER G.L. 1999: Ecology. Freeman and. Comp.

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