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Main fields of study

Variability and taxonomy of vascular plants

  • Structural and molecular variability and taxonomy of Cyperaceae
  • Carpology and taxonomy of: Apiaceae, Brassicaceae and Ericaceae
  • Morphological variability and taxonomy of: Hypoxidaceae, Dracaenaceae
  • Variability and taxonomy of the genus Malva
  • Allergens of pollen grains – an analysis of the expression and localization in environmental and taxonomic terms

Regional and dynamic phytogeography

  • Distribution of vascular plants in Poland and in the Wielkopolska Province
  • Structure and dynamics of local and regional floras
  • Refuges of floristic diversity in the NW part of Poland and within Mt. Babia Góra (Western Carpathians)
  • Regional red lists of threatened species of vascular plants

Chorological-ecological mechanisms of anthropogenic transformations of flora and vegetation

  • Agricultural weeds' flora and vegetation
  • Flora of areas situated along rail tracks
  • Urban flora and vegetation
  • Flora of agricultural landscapes
  • Flora of medieval earthworks
  • Flora and vegetation of military training grounds
  • Flora and vegetation of lowland river valleys
  • Flora and vegetation of the lower montane zone (W. Carpathians)

Ecology and population biology of chosen plant species

  • Regionally and nationally rare and threatened species (e.g. Carex secalina, Apium nodiflorum, A. repens, Gladiolus imbricatus)
  • Expansive native and alien species (e.g. Bidens frondosa, Glechoma hederacea, Puccinellia distans, Conium maculatum, Anthoxanthum aristatum, Echinocystis lobata, Eleagnus angustifolia)
  • Mutualistic, co-evolutionary relationships between chosen grasses, fungi and insects.

Conservation and management of naturalistic resources 'in situ'

  • Protection plans of Polish National Parks, Landscape Parks, nature reserves and the European NATURA 2000 sites
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of various programs, investments and long-term management projects
  • The Integrated Monitoring of Natural Environment in Poland (IMEP)

Methods and research techniques

Methods used in plant taxonomy:

  • Structural analysis (morphology and anatomy)
  • Biometry and biostatistics
  • Molecular analysis

Methods used in floristic and chorological investigations:

  • Mapping of flora using the 'point' and raster techniques
  • Geobotanical interpretation of aerial photographs
  • GIS mapping and positioning with the GPS
  • Multi-aspect geographic and ecological analysis of vascular flora
  • Analysis of the spatial structure of vascular flora

Vegetation analysis:

  • The Braun-Blanquet's method of vegetation documentation
  • Vegetation inventory using syntaxonomical classification of plant communities
  • Beta-diversity of natural and man-made habitats and vegetation types

Methods used in plant population biology and ecology:

  • In-field large-scale mapping (structure, demography and dynamics of populations)
  • Experiments ex situ on life history and biology of plant populations

Methods used in assessment of values in natural environments:

  • Applying of geobotanical and other bioindication methods to identification and interpretation of the structure and characteristics of natural environments
  • Methods and techniques of evaluation of a general relation between man and environment for identification of environmental values and their threats
  • Long-term comparative monitoring of changes in natural environments

Scientific projects currently carried out in the DPT

  • At the moment, the employees of DPT are involved in 10 scientific projects financed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Academic Education.

Scientific conferences and seminars organised by the DPT

  • 1999 - "Mechanisms of anthropogenic transformations of the plant cover", Poznań, 3-4th Dec. 1999.
  • 2003 - "The nature and its conservancy in the Poznań city: history, current state and perspectives" Poznań, 12-13th May 2003.
  • 2005 - "Taxonomy, chorology and ecology of plants in the times of threatened biodiversity", Poznań, 15-16th Sept. 2005.
  • 2005 - "Regionalisation of the segetal weeds in Poland: segetal flora and vegetation in the protected areas", Poznań-Czerniejewo, 27-29th June 2005.
  • 2006 - "The influence of transport infrastructure on nature", Poznań, 13-15th Sept. 2006.
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