Science and Research
Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences (FFWS) belongs to the leading institutions of university education, research, development and expert activities in the field of forestry, forest ecology, forest entomology, zoology and game management and wood-processing.
The faculty covers many aspects in these branches. Research and development belong to the pivotal activities besides providing the university education. Each of the mentioned branches has wide fundament of long-term data, unique in the Czech Republic conditions. The research activities of the faculty have a long-term character stemming from the specific character of the main research subject – the continual, short-term, medium-term and mainly long-term trends of forest management (FM – including silviculture, forest protection, tree breeding and genetics, forest inventory and economy of forestry), technical development of FM and wood-processing.
The research activities of the faculty are equivalent to the level of other CULS faculties and other comparable faculties in the CR and also abroad. The complexity and mutual cohesion of forest management, wood- and nonwood producing functions of forest in the landscape is also important. This corresponds to the long-term and complex outputs, which represent the long-term trends of all the observed branches. It serves as a background for a practically oriented research formulation and for expert and consultancy activities besides the follow-up development of the research. The FFWS research applications have been increasing just as the utilization of the research outputs and education development.
The following branches belong to the priority-ordered research areas and domains:
- Silviculture, forest ecology, applied forest soil sciences, forest tree species nutrition and silvicultural improvement, forest restoration of anthropogenic(ally) destroyed areas
- Forest protection, integrated pest management, biological control, forest entomology, forest plant pathology, game management and animal ecology (including study of food webs), invertebrate animal ecology and taxonomy (Lepidoptera pupae and Buprestidae are done by one of the best experts over the world)
- Forest dendrology, forest plant communities, forest tree species breeding and biotechnologies
- Study of forest stand structure, forest and growth processes of various levels (tree, stand, forest complex)
- Forest economy, environment economy, forest policy and legislation
- Forest operations mechanization, forest technology, structural utilization of wood and wood-based materials