Centre of Plant Structural & Functional Genomics

Our research unveils the organization of genetic information of plants and explains how it controls plant growth and development. Our teams collaborate with colleagues across the world. We have participated in the ambitious projects that delivered genome sequences of important crops including barley and wheat.


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New publication: In‐depth sequence analysis of bread . . .
Annotation:   The VERNALIZATION1 (VRN1) gene encodes a MADS‐box transcription factor and plays an important role in the cold‐induced transition from the vegetative to reproductive stage. We performed an in‐depth sequence analysis of VRN1 homoeologs in a panel of 105 winter and spring varieties of hexaploid wheat.  We described novel allele associated with reduced flowering time and intronic mutation which is transcribed into an alternative . . .
Function of a gene important for seed development deciphered
Scientists from the Institute of Experimental Botany, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic (IEB ASCR) in Olomouc have become the first in the world to unravel the function of a newly discovered gene that influences seed production and quality.  The discovery may help in breeding better and more resistant agricultural crops. Spanish experts from the Complutense University of Madrid were also involved in the research, which is reported in the . . .
New publication: Defects in meiotic chromosome . . .
Annotation:  The maintenance of genome stability is a key issue for all living organisms. Structural maintenance of chromosomes 5/6 (SMC5/6) complex is a crucial factor for preserving genome stability. Here, we found that mutations of SMC5/6 complex subunits reduced the plant fertility by producing the aborted ovules and paternally-inherited abnormal seeds. The mutations show an absence of chromosome segregation in the first and/or the second . . .


Seminar of Karel Janko et al.
ÚEB, Šleechtitelů 31, Olomouc
Theme: Asexuality as bridge towards polyploidy: evolution of genome and genotype-by-environment interactions under clonality.
The Czech Plant Nucleus Workshop 2021
September 14 - 15, 2021
Pevnost poznání, Olomouc
To connect students and scientists working on plant nucleus and chromosome biology in the Czech Republic.
Seminar of Clément Lafon Placette
ÚEB, Šlechtitelů 31, Olomouc
Theme: Endosperm development: bridging the gap between molecular mechanisms and evolutionary processes
Seminar of Jiří Fajkus
31.10.2019 at 10:30
ÚEB, Šlechtitelů 31, Olomouc
Theme: Telomere biology news: the exception reveals the rule

Our Activities

The Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech . . .
The Centre of Plant Structural and Functional Genomics is one of the organizational units of the Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The Institute of was founded in 1962. Today, it has 14 laboratories located in Prague and Olomouc. The institute conducts fundamental research in plant genetics, physiology, phytopathology and biotechnology. The research in plant genetics focuses on plant genome organization, evolution and . . .
The Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and . . .
The Centre of Plant Structural and Functional Genomics is part of the Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research, which is is a collaborative project of the Palacký University in Olomouc and the Olomouc branches of the Crop Research Institute (Department of Vegetables and Special Crops) and Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences (The Centre of Plant Structural and Functional Genomics). The . . .
The Application Laboratory for Agricultural Research
The Application Laboratory for Agricultural Research is the first laboratory at the Czech Academy of Sciences to link scientists with breeders and farmers. It was established under the Food for Future Program of the Strategy AV21 in February 2017 and is located at the Centre of Plant Structural and Functional Genomics of the Institute of Experimental Botany in Olomouc. The main objective of the Laboratory is to facilitate the . . .
The Foods for the Future research program of Strategy . . .
The Strategy of the Czech Academy of Sciences responds to current social challenges through a sophisticated formulation of research programmes, based on cooperation of scientific fields and institutions. The research programmes of the CAS are open to partners from universities, corporations, and institutions of regional administration, as well as foreign research groups and organisations. The research programmes are proposed and formulated in discussion . . .