Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences

The Centre of Plant Structural and Functional Genomics in Olomouc is one of the organizational units of the Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences with its Headquarters in Prague. The research in the Centre unveils the organization of genetic information of plants and explains how it controls plant growth and development. The knowledge obtained is critical to address important societal challenges such as food security and the health of a growing population. The Centre works together with plant breeders to facilitate rapid knowledge transfer and is actively engaged in training undergraduate and graduate students and future scientists. Research teams collaborate with colleagues across the world to benefit from the existing synergies. The Centre has participated in ambitious projects that delivered genome sequences of important crops including barley and wheat.


In the frame of the PRO-GRACE project, the Centre will mainly contribute to WP3 (Research Infrastructure technologies and scientific services) and WP5 (Research Infrastructure concept, social and regulatory aspects, governance and financial plan). As an authority on plant cytogenetics and flow cytometry, the Centre will be responsible for developing and describing protocols for sample collection and demonstrating the use of cytogenetic and cytometric approaches in the characterization of genetic resources. In addition, the Centre will be involved in the demonstration of DNA barcoding/sequencing for the assessment of genetic variability. The Centre will contribute to the design of the Research Infrastructure by identifying stakeholders, supporters and users of RI and defining scientific services. 

Main Contacts

Jan Bartoš
Jaroslav Doležel
Jan Šafář
Jana Čížková

Rozvojová 263
165 02 Prague 6 - Lysolaje
Czech Republic