Project number: SS05010191
Project title: Identification of risk changes in the structure and diversity of wetland alders and alder meadows due to the invasion of alder mold (Phytophthora alni) and determining the perspective of community development
Provider: Technology Agency of the Czech Republic
Program: Environment for Life Program
Main beneficiary: Silva Tarouca Research Institute for Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture, v. V. I.
Investigator: Mgr. Jaroslav Vojta Ph.D.
Partners: Czech University of Agriculture in Prague - Faculty of Environment and Charles University - Faculty of Science
Investigator for FŽP: Ing. Jan Douda, Ph.D.
Contact person and project administration: Eliška Kyšperská
Solution period: 01 / 2022-12 / 2024
Total project costs: CZK 10,477,472
FŽP costs: CZK 3,023,000
Abstract: The proposed project aims to obtain information on the threat to biodiversity of wetland alders and alder meadows by the invasive pathogen Phytophthora alni. Many species of organisms are bound to alder meadows and wetland alders, both types of communities have a fundamental influence on the hydrology of the landscape and thus have a significant impact on the biodiversity of their surroundings. Alder meadows are priority natural habitats of the Natura 2000 system. The project will thus significantly contribute to the protection of biodiversity at the community and species level (priority objective 3.2) and the preservation and restoration of the structure and natural functions of aquatic and wetland ecosystems and plant and animal species of these habitats (3.1). A significant benefit of the project is the interconnection of several disciplines in terms of methods and the resulting interpretation. The interconnection of vegetation ecology, modern phytopathological methods, molecular analyzes and the resulting map processing will contribute to the development of modern methods and procedures for monitoring and evaluating the state of wetland ecosystems (3.3). Understanding the mechanism of change in these communities in the context of specific strains of pathogens with known virulence is the basis for creating the necessary management and especially adaptation measures to protect them. Spatially explicit data can serve as a basis for creating care plans and will be directly available to the user of the results.