Division of Agroecology
The mission of the Division is to obtain experimental data towards the restructuring of crop production in such a way that the optimal composition of field crops in both productive and marginal agro-systems is ensured. The aim is to optimize systems growing crops for food as well as those for industrial processing. Research is focused on soil protection and technology of soil tillage, and on the possible use of growth regulators to fully utilize the potential of a crop. Plant ecology and the use of permanent grasslands, pastures and meadows, to protect biodiversity are studied. Weed communities are monitored in different farming systems to determine the impact of long- and short-term variation in weed communities. The causes of population explosions of weed species are studied, as are their resistance to herbicides, and the introduction of alien weeds from neighbouring countries. Particular emphasis is put on toxic pollutants, their monitoring and transport in the environment. The storage of wastes and the ensuing recultivation of damaged areas are studied systematically.
The Division has three departments:
Jan Mikulka, PhD. – Head of Division