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Tropical Botany and Ethnobiology

Research at Czech University of Life Sciences Prague

Tropical Botany and Ethnobiology Lab is a multi-disciplinary research group aiming to preserve plant species diversity and traditional botanical knowledge of local rural communities. Specifically, we study traditional knowledge of indigenous people and small-scale farmers on use patterns, management and ecology of the most culturally important as well as neglected and underutilized plant species as sources of food, medicine and materials. Taxonomy of tropical and subtropical plants, particularly wild and locally cultivated food species, form a significant part of our expertize.

Team leader

doc. Ing. Zbyněk Polesný, Ph.D.


  • Ethnobiology of neglected and underutilized tropical plant species
  • Conservation of Useful Plants and Traditional Knowledge in the Peruvian Amazon
  • ESCAPAdE: EraSmus Curricula in Applied PlAnt SciEnces
  • Agribusiness4LIFE
  • Enhancement of livelihoods in the Kenyan Coastal Region by supporting Organic and Fair Trade certification of smallholders
  • Capacity building of farmers in selected value chains (Zambia)




Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze