Selecting Cuckoos

Interspecific brood parasitism represents a prime example of the coevolutionary arms race where each party has evolved strategies in response to the other.

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Host-parasite reversal

An invasive species reverses the roles in a host–parasite relationship between bitterling fish and unionid mussels.

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Avian promiscuity

Sperm competition represents an important component of post-copulatory sexual selection. It has been argued that the level of sperm competition declines in birds towards the equator.

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Diversity of afromontane forests

Montane forests in Eastern Africa represent one of the most important centres of world biodiversity. Studies of genetic variability of model species can shed light on the processes that have influenced their evolution.

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About the Institute

The Institute of Vertebrate Biology performs basic research of vertebrates to achieve original data about free-living animals concerning their genetic, population and species diversity, phylogeny, population dynamics, interactions with environment, and association with human and animal microbial pathogens.


Bats in Eurasia tolerate a disease deadly in North America
Czech White-Nose Syndrome Team together with international collaborators discovered that mechanisms of tolerance protect Palearctic bats from white-nose syndrome (WNS), the disease that caused mass die-off in North America. You can read more here.

Non-native Gobiid fishes in our waters
Non-native species can cause significant ecological and economic damage to native species and ecosystems. This study examines the consequences of non-native Gobiid fishes spreading into Central Europe.
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Calendar of Events

Zoológia 2016
24. 11. 2016 - 26. 11. 2016
On 25-26th November in Nitra (Slovakia) there will be held conference Zoológia 2016. More information here.

Rodens et Spatium
25. 7. 2016 - 29. 7. 2016
On 25-29th July in Olomouc there will be held 15th International Conference on Rodent Biology Rodens et Spatium. More information here.

Slavnostní otevření Národní genetické banky živočichů
9. 6. 2016 - 9. 6. 2016

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