Useful Plants I (LRR / UR1)

Course objectives:
Subject is aimed at importance, protection and conservation of plant gene pool of wild and cultivated useful plants.
Requirements on student
Knowledge of the lectures including practical determination of useful plants, their fruits and seeds.
Wild and cultivated plants, their relationships, biodiversity, importance and conservation. Domestication of cultivated plants, centres of origin, classification of plants according to utilisation. Genetic resources, strategies of conservation, varieties, wild species, progenitors, gene pools, breeding. Genebanks (organization and facilities), in-situ and ex-situ collections, specialized collections, databases, passport and description data, documentation, descriptors, accession regeneration and maintenance, collecting expeditions. Collections of botanic gardens. Methods for germplasm characterization, molecular markers, sampling, methods for DNA extraction. Legal aspects of germplasm protection of crops, information systems. Examples of cultivated plants, fruits and seeds with focus to vegetables and special crops. Excursions to Botanical Garden of Faculty of Science Palacký University in Olomouc, Centre of Applied Research of Vegetables and Special Crops of CRI and Florcenter, ltd.
Guarantors and lecturers
  • Recommended: Primack R. B , Kindlmann P. & Jersáková J. Biologické principy ochrany přírody. Portál, Praha, 2001.
  • Recommended: Guarino, L., Rao, R. V., Reid, R. (Eds). Collecting plant genetic diversity. Technical guidelines. CAB International, Wallingford, UK, 1995.
  • Recommended: Chloupek, O. Genetická diverzita, šlechtění a semenářství. Praha: Academia, 2008. ISBN 978-80-200-1566-2.
  • Recommended: Roudná, M., Dotlačil, L., et al. Genetické zdroje – význam, využívání a ochrana. Ministerstvo životního prostředí, Praha, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7212-469-5.
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  • Recommended: Puzonne, L., Hazekamp Th. (Comp.). Characterization and documentation of genetic resources utilizing multimedia databases. IPGRI, Rome, Italy, 1998.
  • Recommended: Gass, T., Freese, L., Begemann, F., Lipman, E. (Comp.). Implementation of the Global Plan of Action in Europe – Conservation abd Sustainable Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. IPGRI, Rome, Italy, 1999.
  • Recommended: Hanelt, P., (ed.). Mansfeld’s encyklopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops: (except ornamentals).. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Germany, 2001.
  • Recommended: Vavilov, N. I. Proischždenie i geografija kulturnych rastenij. Nauka, Leningrad, 1987.
  • Recommended: Schwanitz, F. Vývoj kulturních rostlin. SZN Praha, 1969.
  • On-line library catalogues
Time requirements


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Homework for Teaching

Preparation for the Exam




Prerequisites – other information about course preconditions
Pass lectures from general biology and biological classification of plants.
Competences acquired
Student should be able to (after attending the course): Explain importance of wild and cultivated useful species. Describe conservation strategies and gene bank technologies. Interpret methods for characterization of genetic variability in plant genetic resources.
Teaching methods
  • Lecture
  • Demonstration
  • Projection (static, dynamic)
Assessment methods
  • Mark
  • Oral exam