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).

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.

The effect of storage on the profile of phenolic compounds in selected apple varieties

Submitted by Kateřina Eliášová on Fri, 08/03/2018 - 10:50

Apples are considered as one of the most important fruit crop with excellent health benefits and extensive
area of cultivation. Majority of their benefits is associated with a relatively high content of antioxidants
including phenolic compounds that belong to the health-promoting phytochemicals.
Phenolic compounds constitute a substantial and an important group of phenylpropanoids produced by
plants as secondary metabolites. The health-promoting effects of phenolic compounds depend on their

The biochemical characteristics of the physiological activity of beech and spruce embryos

Submitted by Kateřina Eliášová on Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:03

It is necessary to find convenient and measurable criteria for the evaluation of seeds/embryos quality before germination because of a long time interval between the preparation of seeds or embryos (before germination) and obtaining the seedlings or emblings. The success of all treatments before germination is assessed by the quality of the newly formed plants only.