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Phycology I - MB120P10
Title: Algologie I
Czech title: Algologie I
Guaranteed by: Department of Botany (31-120)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2022 to 2023
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:3/2, C+Ex [HT]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: 5
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech, English
Note: enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: doc. Mgr. Pavel Škaloud, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Mgr. Jana Kulichová, Ph.D.
doc. RNDr. Yvonne Němcová, Ph.D.
prof. RNDr. Jiří Neustupa, Ph.D.
RNDr. Martina Pichrtová, Ph.D.
doc. Mgr. Pavel Škaloud, Ph.D.
Mgr. Jan Šťastný, Ph.D.
In complex pre-requisite: MB120C12
Annotation -
The lectures are given in English.

During the winter semester the following set of algal groups will be discussed: Cyanobacteria, Chlorarachniophyta, Euglenophyta, Dinophyta, Cryptophyta, Heterokontophyta (classes Synurophyceae, Chrysophyceae, Fucophyceae, Bacillariophyceae and others). Main attention will be paid to the evolution, morphology, ultrastructure, systematic position, biodiversity, biogeography, biotechnology. Many species from the living speciments, cultures or preserved samples will be demonstarted in laboratories. Two-semestral course, followed by B120P89.

Actual course schedule: see
Last update: Neustupa Jiří, prof. RNDr., Ph.D. (05.09.2019)
Literature -

Lee, R.E. (2008): Phycology. (Fourth edition). - Cambridge University Press, New York, 547 p. (

Last update: Kulichová Jana, Mgr., Ph.D. (26.10.2019)
Requirements to the exam -

To successfully complete the couse, it is required to pass both the determination test and oral exam. In addition, the students should present ca 2 papers related to the field of study.

Last update: Škaloud Pavel, doc. Mgr., Ph.D. (22.10.2014)
Syllabus -

1. Fundamental classification of organisms, compartmentalization of cells. Procaryotes, Eucaryotes, endosymbiotic theory, primary and secondary endosymbiosis, evolutionary aspects. Nomenclature of cyanobacteria and algae. General rules of algal thalli development. Major algal phylogenetic lineages.
2. Eubacteria - Cyanobacteria. Characteristics, morphology of cells and filaments, systematics, geographic and ecological distribution, biotechnology, toxicity.
3. Excavata - Euglenophytes. Rhizaria - Chlorarachniophytes. Characteristics, diversity, distribution in natural habitats.
4. Chromalveolata - characteristics, phylogenetic patterns among major lineages, phenotypic features. Cryptophytes, Haptophytes. Characteristics, morphology, taxonomy, the role of haptophyte populations in global carbon cycle.
5. Dinoflagellates. Characteristics, morphology, biogeography, life cycles, cell biology, ecolog and distribution, toxicity, bioluminiscence.
6. Dinoflagellates - systematics, important taxa, evolution and phylogeny.
7. Stramenopiles. Characteristics of Actinochrysophyceae and Phaeophyceae. Morphology, phylogeny, life cycles, distribution and diversity in marine habitats world-wide, seaweeds in biotechnology and food industry.
8. Chrysophytes. Morphology of cells, biogenesis of silica scales, taxonomy, distribution.
9. Raphidophytes, Xanthophytes, Eustigmatophytes. Characteristics, cellular morphology, systematics, evolutionary parallelisms.
10. Bacillariophyceae - cytology and cellular morphology, silica metabolism,cell reproduction, life cycles, ecology and distribution. Biomonitoring.
11. Bacillariophyceae - life forms and diversity of morphologies, traditional and modern taxonomy, cryptic diversity.

The course is taught with the support of the project reg. number CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/16_015/0002362
Last update: Rubešová Jana, RNDr., Ph.D. (14.09.2019)
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