Institute of Soil Biology and Biogeochemistry
The Institute of Soil Biology is concerned with theoretical and practical problems of the maintenance and regeneration of soil fertility. In particular, we study the structure and dynamics of soil organism communities in both natural and human-affected ecosystems, interactions among the soil animals, microorganisms and abiotic factors in soil and cave environment, the formation of humus and soil microstructure, nutrient cycling, and the formation of greenhouse gases in and emissions from the soils.
The Institute was established in 1986 from the Laboratory of Soil Biology, which had been a part of the former Institute of Landscape Ecology of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences from 1979. In 2006, the Institute joined the newly established Biology Centre. The staff includes 19 scientists and 25 technicians. In addition, 4 PhD and 12 masters and bachelors students participate in the Institute’s research projects. Collaborating universities include the University of South Bohemia, the Charles University in Prague, the Masaryk University in Brno, the Palacky University in Olomouc and universities in Vienna, Budapest, Košice and Helsinki.