Our research group is mainly involved in the studies of the metabolism and physiological functions of growth regulators, polyamines and phenolic compounds in plants. We investigate the role of these biologically active compounds in plant development and in the response of plants to abiotic stresses.

In our experiments we use the diverse plant systems from the whole plants to the cell cultures. Our research is primarily focused on somatic embryogenesis of conifers. In the scope of this theme we study the regulation of somatic embryo development, the role of phytohormones in somatic embryogenesis and the effects of abiotic stresses on somatic embryos.

We use a wide array of approaches:

  • Microscopy – light, confocal and electron microscopy, enhanced by advanced computer image analysis

  • Biochemical methods – studies of activities of enzymes involved in metabolism of biologically active compounds (e.g. radiometry)

  • Molecular biology methods – specific gene expressions, and transformation of tissue cultures

  • Analytical methods – qualitative and quantitative determination of biologically active compounds by gas- and liquid chromatography in tandem with mass spectroscopic detection (cooperation with the IEB Laboratory of mass spectrometry).

Repetitive somatic embryogenesis induced cytological and proteomic changes in embryogenic lines of Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.)

Submitted by Kateřina Eliášová on Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:54

This first report of cellular and molecular changes after repetitive somatic embryogenesis in conifers shows that each cycle enhanced the structure and singularization of EMs through modulation of growth regulator pathways, thereby improving the line´s embryogenic status.

Quantification of histochemical detection of polyphenolic compounds in somatic embryos of Norway spruce

Submitted by Kateřina Eliášová on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 16:54

Under standard cultivation conditions, Norway spruce somatic embryos (SEs) accumulate polyphenolic compounds mostly in the root cap. In response to UV-B, the accumulation of polyphenolics increases in protodermal cells and subprotodermal cortical cells and idioblasts in hypocotyl and cotyledons where they can attenuate UV-B stress. To quantify polyphenolic compounds accumulated in somatic embryos on the histological level resin sections were prepared, stained with Toluidine Blue.

Antioxidants (phenolic acids and carotenoids) in selected apple varieties - harvested and stored

Submitted by Kateřina Eliášová on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 16:26

The aim of this work was to determine the concentration of selected carotenoids (neoxanthin, violaxanthin, antheraxanthin, lutein, zeaxanthin and ß-carotene) and phenolic acids in selected scab resistant and powdery mildew tolerant apple varieties originating from the Station of apple breeding of the IEB. We investigated three different apple varieties - Luna (yellow), Red Topaz (red) and Karneval (streaked) for their antioxidant contents in peel and flesh immediately after the harvest and after 7 months of storage.

The effect of different air humidity during desiccation on the development of Norway spruce somatic embryos

Submitted by Lucie Fischerová on Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:38

The objective of the study was to follow morphological, selected biochemical and transcriptional characteristics induced by various air humidity during desiccation of Norway spruce somatic embryos. The level of free polyamines lowered, higher forms of polyamines were favoured. Expression profiles of monitored genes were variously influenced by different relative air humidity. Our data proved, that desiccation of somatic embryos is metabolically active process highly affected by relative air humidity.

The effect of drought stress on Norway spruce somatic embryo development

Submitted by Kateřina Eliášová on Fri, 08/03/2018 - 11:51

Somatic embryogenesis is a developmental process where a plant somatic cell dedifferentiate to a totipotent embryonic stem cell that has the ability to give rise to an embryo under appropriate conditions. Desiccation is the final phase of normal embryonic development in most angiosperms and appears to be important in the transition from embryogeny to the ability to germinate and form normal seedlings.