Project team

Plant science and biodiversity center SAV

Mgr. Slavomír Adamčík, PhD., botanist – specialised in taxonomy and systematic of basidiomycetes. He is focusing to detailed studies of microscopic structure of fungi and multilocus phylogenetic analyses of DNA sequences generated by Sanger sequencing. The object of his study is most of all the genus Russula, but also other agaricoid basidiomycetes, e.g. Pseudobaeospora and Camarophyllopsis. He performed a research on diversity, ecology and indication value of wood-inhabiting species of natural beech forests. He has an experience with team-leading of international and national projects. In total, he published 36 scientific papers in CC journals, 31 papers in other peer-reviewed scientific (mostly foreign) journals, 2 monographs and 2 book chapters. His publications have 168 citations (115 WOS).
Role in the proposed project: principal investigator, responsible for coordination of the project work, responsible for gathering of primary data on distribution of model species of ectomycorrhizal fungi of the genus Russula.

RNDr. Kamila Bacigálová, CSc., botanist – specialized in pathophysiology and mycology; deals with biosystematics of phytopathogenic microscopic fungi (Ascomycetes, Taphrinales, Erysiphales), focusing on species richness of fungi with the distributional centres in the Western Carpathians and the Pannonian region in ecological conditions of Slovakia. She co-authored 25 scientific papers in CC journals and 41 scientific papers in other peer-reviewed journals. She is an editor of 2 scientific monographs, co-author of 3 scientific monographs and 9 chapters published in scientific monographs. Her publications have 70 WOS citations, and 125 other citations.
Role in the proposed project: she will contribute to identification of powdery mildews (Erysiphaceae) and their hosts.

Mgr. Anna Bérešová, PhD., botanist – specialized in lichenology; deals with phylogeography, phylogeny and biosystematics of lichens, focusing on the Carpathian elements with the distributional centre in the Mediterranean, she works on modelling ecological niches and application studies for decision making sphere home and in abroad (biodiversity of lichens, biomonitoring). She is experienced in management of national projects and international project teams within a project focused on applied research. She co-authored 23 scientific papers in CC journals, 57 scientific papers in other peer-reviewed journals, she is an editor of 1 scientific monograph, co-author of 9 chapters published in foreign scientific monographs. She is a co-author of 3 other monographs published abroad and 2 other monographs published at home publisher. Her works have so far been cited in WOS journals (115), in monographs (65) and in other peer-reviewed journals (150).
Role in the proposed project: deputy of principal investigator also responsible to aide with coordination of project work, gathering of primary data on distribution of model species of lichenised fungi, particularly the genus Solenopsora, preparing of data matrices for modelling of distribution areas, generating and editing of selected DNA sequences for mycobionts and photobionts of the genus Solenopsora.

Mgr. Alica Hindáková, PhD., she has extensive experience in the study of planktonic and benthic diatoms. She contributed significantly to the knowledge of the diversity of diatoms in flowing and standing waters here and abroad (e.g. in Switzerland, Italy, Austria), reported several taxa new to Slovakia. She co-authored 19 scientific papers in CC journals, 46 scientific papers in other peer-reviewed journals, 3 chapters published in scientific monograph and 1 university textbook. Her scientific works have so far 57 WOS and Scopus citations.
Role in the proposed project: cultivation and subsequent identification of lichen photobionts.

Mgr. Alica Košuthová, PhD., botanist, ecologist – she is an expert in taxonomy and biogeography of lichenised fungi of the genus Placynthium. She gained her experience with morphological and molecular methods of this genus in cooperation with many foreign lichenologists within several foreign scientific stays. She has experience and skills to work in molecular lab, to deal with evolution of morphological characters of the genus Placynthium, and has experience with statistical evaluation of effect caused by ecological and other environmental factors. She is a co-author of 6 scientific papers in CC journals, 15 scientific papers in other peer-reviewed journals and 1 chapter published in scientific monograph.
Role in the proposed project: collecting of primary data on the lichenised model species of the genus Placynthium, a statistical evaluation of the effect of environmental factors on distribution area and possible morphological adaptations.

Mgr. Viktor Kučera, PhD.,botanist – specialized in mycology, focusing on taxonomy, nomenclature and chorology of ascomycetes. He dealt with research on fungal diversity of powdery mildews (Erysiphaceae). He is focusing on diversity Carpathian fungi with the distribution centre in Central and Northern Europe. He works on biosystematics of geoglossoid fungi, mainly using the methods of multivariate morphometry. He is experienced in management of national reseach projects. He co-authored 11 scientific papers in CC journals, 23 scientific papers in other peer-reviewed journals and 2 scientific monographs. His publications have so far been cited in WOS journals (6), in monographs (7) and in other peer-reviewed journals (14).
Role in the proposed project: collecting and identification of powdery mildews (Erysiphaceae).

RNDr. Anna Lackovičová, CSc., botanist – specialized in lichenology. Her work is focused on basic research of lichenised fungi of Slovakia, biosystematics and ecology of selected genera, and study of changes in the distribution of these organisms in time. She published pioneer studies on indication value of lichens to air pollution and mapping of lichens in the selected orographic units of Slovakia and Europe. She has a long experience in coordination of reseach team as previous head of the Department of Cryptogams (Institute of Botany SAS), as well as the principal investigator of successful scientific projects APVT and APVV (3 projects), scientific and technical projects, and projects VEGA. She co-authored 16 scientific papers in CC journals, 62 scientific papers in other peer-reviewed journals, 9 scientific monographs and 16 chapters in monographs. Her publications have 419 citations (153 WOS).
Role in the proposed project: collecting of primary data on the lichenised model species of the genus Solenopsora.

Mgr. Petra Mikušová, PhD., botanist – specialized in microscopic fungi, focusing on their presence in food, biodiversity and identification using molecular analyses. She analyses the presence and the production of secondary metabolites by HPLC. She co-authored 10 scientific papers in CC journals.
Role in the proposed project: morphological and molecular identifications of powdery mildews (Erysiphaceae).

RNDr. Dušan Senko, PhD., ecologist, bioinformatician – specialized in testing and creatrion of new methods of data analysis and synthesis, simulation in time and space. He has experience in processing geological and ecological data, and mapping for the purpose of habitat evaluation. He is a co-author of 15 scientific papers in CC journals and 9 scientific papers in other peer-reviewed journals. His publications have so far 75 citations (47 WOS).
Role in the proposed project: processing of primary data, work with GIS – obtaining environmental metadata, statistical data processing and evaluation of the impact of environmental factors on species distribution and their possible morphological adaptations.

PhD students:
Mgr. Zuzana Fačkovcová, botanist – specialized in lichenology, will work on the component of lichenised fungi of the genus Solenopsora.

Mgr. Miroslav Caboň, botanist – specialized in mycology, will work on the component of ectomycorrhizal fungi of the genus Russula.

Technicians:
Gabriela Kozárová – technician, herbarium collection manager – lichens herbarium, registration of specimens; Jana Križanová – technician, algological lab..

Institute of Forest Ecology SAS

Mgr. Katarína Adamčíková, PhD., phytopathologist – specialised in plant protection. She works on fungal diseases of woody plants: spread of the disease, host range, biological control, strain characterization (virulence, hypovirulence, vegetative compatibility, reproductive system). She has an experience in diagnosing of parasitic fungi, laboratory techniques of disease agents isolation, DNA extraction, PCR and implementation of biological control. She is head of the Branch for Woody Plant Biology of the Institute of Forest Ecology SAS. She is experienced in management of national and international projects and in application of scientific research in practice. She co-authored 10 scientific papers in CC journals, 15 scientific papers in other peer-reviewed journals and 3 monographs.
Role in the proposed project: identifications and revisions of herbarium material of ectomycorrhizal model species of the genus Russula, especially using molecular techniques.

Mgr. Katarína Pastirčáková, PhD., phytopathologist – specialized in mycology; deals with taxonomy and fungal diversity. She is studying on identification of fungal plants pathogens, morphological variability of fungal species, correlations between anamorphic and teleomorphic stages of fungi and monitoring fungal spread. She focuses on selected groups of fungi (Botryosphaeriales, Erysiphales, Pleosporales). She is the curator of phytopathological herbarium (NR). She has an experience in management of national scientific project team within projects of basic research. She co-authored 10 scientific papers in CC journals and 20 scientific papers in other peer-reviewed journals. Her scientific papers have so far 136 WOS and Scopus citations, and 145 other citations.
Role in the proposed project: coordination of data collection for the studied powdery mildews species (Erysiphaceae), morphological and genetic identification of powdery mildews.

Technician:
Alena Magušinová – technician, field work and lab support.

Comenius University, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Doc. Mgr. Soňa Jančovičová, PhD., specialized in mycology, deals with taxonomy of selected genera of basidiomycetes (Crepidotus, Entoloma, Pseudobaeospora, Camarophyllopsis, Russula and others) using anatomical-morphological and molecular methods. For this project proposal, she has adequate theoretical and practical experience, motivation to implement new methodologies, training of students and will of teamwork. She is a co-author of 1 scientific monograph published by home publisher and 18 scientific papers in CC journals. Her papers have so far 17 WOS citations.
Role in the proposed project: identifications and revisions of herbarium material of ectomycorrhizal model species of the genus Russula, especially using morphological and anatomical analyses.

Cooperation and complementarity of project participants

The project is based on two partial tasks: collection of data on species distribution of model trophic fungal groups in Europe and its evaluation using ecological metadata and statistical procedures. The project team is composed of four working groups. Mgr. Slavomír Adamčík, PhD. (the principal investigator) is responsible for coordinating and leading of all four project components. He is well experienced with work on national and international projects. He will discuss the working success on the project with other experienced team-leaders of previous projects (Mgr. Anna Guttová, PhD., Mgr. Katarína Adamčíková, PhD., RNDr. Anna Lackovičová, CSc.).
Three working groups responsible for gathering of primary data about occurrence of species within three model trophic groups in Europe are:
Lichenised fungi (Solenopsora, Placynthium): group leader – Mgr. Anna Guttová, PhD., group members – RNDr. Anna Lackovičová, CSc., Mgr. Alica Hindáková, PhD., Mgr. Alica Košuthová, PhD., Mgr. Zuzana Fačkovcová.

Ectomycorrhizal fungi (Russula): group leader – Mgr. Slavomír Adamčík, PhD., group members – doc. Mgr. Soňa Jančovičová, PhD., Mgr. Katarína Adamčíková, PhD., Mgr. Miroslav Caboň.

Parasitic fungi (Erysiphaceae): group leader – Mgr. Katarína Pastirčáková, PhD., group members – RNDr. Kamila Bacigálová, CSc., Mgr. Viktor Kučera, PhD., Mgr. Petra Mikušová, PhD.

Fourth working group will be responsible for statistical processing of the data and evaluation of effect of environmental factors to species distribution and their possible morphological adaptations: group leader – RNDr. Dušan Senko, PhD., group members – Mgr. Alica Košuthová, PhD., Mgr. Slavomír Adamčík, PhD., Mgr. Anna Guttová, PhD.

Gabriela Kozárová, Alena Magušinová and Jana Križanová will provide technical support: collection management of fungi, field work, registering of specimens in the database, lab work.