Karel Dušek (born in 1953)



  • 1973 – 1978 – University of Agriculture Brno, Faculty of Agronomy, horticulture programme in Lednice na Moravě
  • 1981 – 1983 – University of Agriculture Prague, Faculty of Agronomy, postgraduate course in genetics and breeding of horticultural crops
  • 1987 – 1992 – Ph.D. – K. A. Timiryazev Agricultural Academy Moscow (Russia)


  • 1978 – 1994 – Head of the Department of Medicinal, aromatic and culinary plants (MAPs), Research Institute of Vegetable Growing and Breeding Olomouc
  • 1983 – 1994 – Head of the workplace and curator of genetic resources of MAPs, Research Institute of Crop Production, Department of Genebank, workplace Olomouc
  • 1994 – present – Head of the Department and curator of genetic resources of MAPs, Crop Research Institute, Department of Vegetable and Special crops Olomouc
  • 2010 – present – Head of the Centre of Applied Research of Vegetables and Special Crops of the Crop Research Institute

Research orientation:

  • Investigation and breeding of vegetables and MAPs
  • investigation, collecting and conservation of genetic resources and its utilization in breeding (especially cumin, lavender and oregano)
  • introduction of wild MAPs in to the cultivation and development of agronomical technologies
  • preparation of plant production projects for specialised farms
  • methods of post-harvesting treatments of MAPs
  • environmentally-friendly methods of essential oils production
  • development and manufacturing of stabile and mobile isolation cages and hypotonic field drying house
  • development and production of pollinating packets for pollination purposes of vegetables and MAPs in isolation cages
  • author and co-author of more than 40 original scientific works


  • member of 9 scientific and professional societies, expert panels and boards

Grants and projects:

  • investigator and co-investigator of national and international research projects
  • co-author of original Czechoslovak lavender variety ´Beata´ – according the Certificate of variety licence No. 509/95 – 3 000 the variety is registered in the National List of Plant Varieties by No. 3053