Department of Genetic Resources for Vegetables, Medicinal and Special Plants

The research topics of the Department of genetic resources of vegetables, medicinal, aromatic and culinary plants are mainly conservation, characterization and exploitation of genetic diversity in selected medicinal plants and vegetables deposited in the gene bank, which has been operated by the Crop Research Institute (CRI). The research is being executed by newly appointed research staff and selected personnel at the CRI, School of Natural Sciences of the Palacký University in Olomouc and the Institute of Experimental Botany ASCR. The research strongly supports interdisciplinarity and the expertise of research staff covers basic and applied research in analytical and medicinal chemistry, biophysics and biochemistry as well as biosystematics, population genetics, pharmacology and molecular biology. The collection of vegetables, medical and aromatic plants and root vegetables are being expanded by including new accession from the whole world. Selected accessions are characterised using morphological descriptors. Their resistance against diseases, pests and abiotic stress are being determined. The content of pharmaceutically important compounds are analysed in relation to the origin of the accessions and soil quality. With the aim to develop a unified system of identification, all accession is analyzed through the published and newly developed DNA markers. This work facilitates identification of markers linked tightly to traits of interest, useful in selecting genotypes suitable for breeding and production. The department also tries to optimise the growth conditions with the aim to increase the production of pharmaceutically important secondary metabolites, which is under normal growth conditions rather low. The relationship between plant stress and acclimatization of plants to changes in growth conditions and the production of secondary metabolites will be clarified. Another important part of the research involves the study of natural compounds in medical plants and vegetables, the analysis of the relation between the structure and biological activity in connection with the key molecular targets of the signalling and regulatory pathways in normal and tumour cells.

    Petr TARKOWSKI
    Head of department; Crop Research Institute;Member of Scientific Board
    +420 585 634 677, petr.tarkowski@upol.cz
    Helena STAVĚLÍKOVÁ
    Junior Researcher, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 965, +420 702 087 801, stavelikova@genobanka.cz
    Ivana DOLEŽALOVÁ
    Junior Researcher, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 966, +420 702 087 788, dolezalova@genobanka.cz
    Irena PETRŽELOVÁ
    Junior Researcher, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 966, +420 702 087 798, petrzelova@genobanka.cz
    Miroslav HÝBL
    Junior Researcher, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 964, +420 702 087 802, hybl@genobanka.cz
    Kateřina SMÉKALOVÁ
    Junior Researcher, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 962, +420 702 087 791, smekalova@genobanka.cz
    Michaela JEMELKOVÁ
    Junior Researcher, Crop Research Institute
    mateřská dovolená, jemelkova@genobanka.cz
    Katarína KAFKOVÁ
    Junior Researcher, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 962, +420 607 060 313, kafkova@genobanka.cz
    Michal SOCHOR
    Junior Researcher, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 966, +420 732 780 660, sochor@genobanka.cz
    Sanja ĆAVAR ZELJKOVIĆ
    Junior Researcher, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 965, zeljkovic@vurv.cz
    Michal BERČÁK
    Junior Researcher, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 965, +420 607 060 314, bercak@vurv.cz
    Jaroslava ROHÁČOVÁ
    Secretary, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 971, +420 702 087 785,
    Pavel KOPECKÝ
    Project Manager, Plant collection Curator, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 964, +420 702 087 794, kopecky@genobanka.cz
    Jan MILITKÝ
    Technician, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 968, +420 702 087 796,
    Vlasta KOČÍ
    Technician, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 968, +420 702 087 793,
    Petr BUČEK
    Technician, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 968, +420 702 087 786,
    Alena DUDKOVÁ
    Technician, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 968, +420 702 087 789,
    Vlasta SCHUBERTOVÁ
    Technician, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 961, +420 702 087 799,
    Věra SKLENÁŘOVÁ
    Technician, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 968, +420 702 087 800,
    Renata MELICHÁRKOVÁ
    Technician, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 968, +420 601 322 327,
    Eliška KRAUSOVÁ
    Technician, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 968, +420 702 087 795,
    Kateřina MARECKÁ
    Technician, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 968, +420 702 087 792,
    Roman KADIERA
    Technician, Crop Research Institute
    +420 585 208 968, +420 702 087 797,