Department of Vascular Plant Taxonomy

Our studies are focused on phenomena of (micro-)evolutionary processes in vascular plants, including polyploidy (whole genome duplication), cytotype coexistence and spatial distribution, hybridization, and geographic, ecological or reproductive isolation. Within our groups of interest, these processes are often connected with cryptic speciation or apomixis. We also investigate processes responsible for shaping genetic diversity associated with the reconstruction of the glacial and postglacial history of the European flora and vegetation. Specifically, we aim to identify glacial refugia, colonization routes, contact zones, and interactions among taxa and genetic lineages. Further, we study ecological (niche) differentiation between taxa (species or cytotypes). We perform our studies on wider biogeographic scales, covering entire geographical units or other natural regions such as the Carpathians, the Alps, Pannonia, the Mediterranean, and even the whole of Europe and parts of Asia and northern Africa. We address questions associated with the above mentioned spheres mainly within the following vascular plant families: Asteraceaegenera Centaurea s. l. (incl. Cyanus), Picris, Pilosella, Senecio s. l. (incl. Jacobaea), Tephroseris; Brassicaceae – Alyssum,Arabidopsis, Cardamine; Poaceae – Sesleria; Primulaceae – Cyclamen, Soldanella, and Violaceae – Viola.


The multivolume book Flora of Slovakia, which is prepraring at the department from 1966, significantly contributes to the knowledge of the diversity of Carpathian and Pannonian plant taxa. It represent the most important reference source on the flora of Slovakia not only for scientists, but also for decision makers.


An important part of our research efforts is the development of biodiversity e-infrastructures – databases mostly available online, that serve as a tool for presenting our results and as an infrastructure supporting both our own research and international cooperation with other scientists.


Research activities also concern applied research, the implementation of European environmental legislation, mainly the Council Directive 92/43/EHS on the Conservation of natural habitats, in connection to the establishment of the Natura 2000 network.


Research facilities of the Department include the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics that provides modern equipment enabling phylogenetic, taxonomic and phylogeographic studies, the Karyological Laboratory and the Laboratory of Flow Cytometry that are equipped for chromosome number counting, determination of ploidy level and genome size. Plant material studied is being kept in the Herbarium of the Institute of Botany (SAV).


Head of department: Ing. Jaromír Kučera, PhD.
Deputy Head of department: RNDr. Pavol Mereďa, PhD.
Name / Position E-mail Phone
Bročková, Denisa 02/ 5942 6144
Goliašová, Kornélia RNDr., CSc.

senior researcher 02/ 5942 6155
Hodálová, Iva RNDr. , CSc.

senior researcher 02/ 5942 6163
Kempa, Matúš Mgr., PhD. 02/ 5942 6145
Komárová, Zlata 02/ 5942 6165
Kráľovičová, Eva Ing.

IAPT Managing Secretary 02/ 5942 6151
Kučera, Jaromír Ing., PhD.

senior researcher 02/ 5942 6162
Letz, Dominik Roman RNDr., PhD.

senior researcher 02/ 5942 6146
Marhold, Karol prof. RNDr., CSc.

senior scientist; member of scientific council 02/ 5942 6128
Melichárková, Andrea Mgr., PhD.

researcher 02/ 5942 6153
Mereďa, Pavol RNDr., PhD.

scientist researcher 02/ 5942 6164
Miháliková, Tatiana Mgr. 02/ 5942 6147
Michalková, Eleonóra RNDr., CSc.

senior researcher 02/ 5942 6158
Polakovičová, Viera 02/ 5942 6157
Pribulová, Katarína Mgr. 02/ 5942 6144
Senko, Dušan RNDr., PhD.

senior researcher 02/ 5942 6151
Skokanová, Katarína RNDr., PhD.

scientist researcher 0903 922 398
Slovák, Marek Mgr., PhD.

senior researcher 02/ 5942 6161
Smatanová, Janka Mgr.
Šingliarová, Barbora RNDr., PhD.

senior researcher 0905 577 899
Šlenker, Marek Mgr.

PhD student
Španiel, Stanislav RNDr., PhD.

senior researcher 02/ 5942 6160
Ťavoda, Ondrej RNDr. 02/ 5942 6156
Zozomová, Judita Mgr., PhD.

senior researcher 02/ 5942 6159