Projects

International

DNAqua-Net – Vývoj nových genetických nástrojov na hodnotenie stavu bioty vodných ekosystémov Európy
Developing new genetic tools for bioassessment of aquatic ecosystems in Europe
Program: COST
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: RNDr. Čiampor Fedor PhD.
Project web page: http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA15219, http://www.dnaqua.net
Duration: 20.10.2016 – 19.10.2020

National

Diverzita a disperzia v metapopuláciách a metaspoločenstvách malých vodných biotopov
Diversity and dispersal in metapopulations and metacommunities of small aquatic biotopes
Program: VEGA
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: RNDr. Čiamporová – Zaťovičová Zuzana PhD.
Annotation: Project is aimed at small aquatic biotopes, very important regarding their biodiversity, yet often overlooked and understudied. Project is logically linked to previous projects of team members. Proposed is reasonable improvement of datasets on communities of natural biotopes in lowland and mountain regions, new data will be acquired on human impacted areas, including robust environmental data. Macrophytes, molluscs, zooplankton and aquatic insects were chosen as model groups due to their indication value, different ecological requirements and function in food webs. Main goal is to understand patterns of biological diversity of small water bodies, emphasizing 1) evaluation of the importance of different biotope types for biodiversity preservation, 2) assessment of dispersal and habitat features roles in metacommunity structure and 3) describing extent of connectivity within metapopulations. Reaching the goals will improve effective conservation of aquatic ecosystems – important component of global environment.
Duration: 1.1.2017 – 31.12.2020
DNA Barkoding Elmidae – využitie molekulárnej taxonómie v poznaní biodiverzity vodných chrobákov
DNA Barcoding Elmidae – application of molecular taxonomy for description of aquatic beetles biodiversity
Program: VEGA
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: RNDr. Čiampor Fedor PhD.
Annotation: The beetles play a key role in the ecosystem functioning and they are also important for monitoring impacts of environmental changes. Even studied intensively, the identification of beetle species often remains problematic. However, development of robust DNA barcode database could help overcome this problem. The main source of DNA barcodes is the project Barcode of Life, including ca. 4,5 million of sequences. There are 464 sequences of ca 30 Elmidae species, small fraction of about 1500 known species. The goal of this project is taxonomic analysis of uniquely rich material of Elmidae, producing and analysis of new DNA barcodes (min 1000 new sequences), thorough comparisons of taxonomic results gained using morphological and molecular characters (estimating applicability of DNA barcodes for elmid taxonomy), new taxa description, phylogeny of taxa studied, evaluation of relationships between species and genetic diversity and evaluation of Elmidae DNA barcode data applicability in monitoring and conservation.
Duration: 1.1.2016 – 31.12.2019
Zmeny biodiverzity v urbánne fragmentovanej krajine
Changes in biodiversity in an urban fragmented landscape
Program: VEGA
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: Ing. Čejka Tomáš PhD.
Annotation: The project deals with changes in biodiversity in an urban environment in two ways: in the space (ecological gradients, fragmentation of habitats) and time (historical data). For study, we chose two ecologically linked model groups: vascular plants and land snails. Based on the research of these model organisms, we will solve five main points: [1] How the urban fragmented woodland fits principles of the island biogeography and what is the impact of the fragmentation and env. variables on the biota structure and variability. [2] Whether and to what extent the genetic diversity of the populations of selected model species varies in long-term continuously forested areas comparing the neorefugia; [3] How the urban environment impacts in time and space on the diversity of indigenous species; [4] On the basis of the theory of refugia verify what is the ecol.l traits structure of biota in the remains of forest vegetation; [5] Whether biotic homogenization occurs and which groups of biota are most affected by biotic homogenisation.
Duration: 1.1.2018 – 31.12.2021