Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice - Faculty of Science

Consortium name  
Slovakian Consortium: Slovak National Taxonomic Facility (NaTAF)
Institution (Original name) 
Univerzita Pavla Jozefa Šafárika v Košiciach. Prírodovedecká fakulta
MAIN ADDRESS
Street 
Šrobárova 2
Postal code 
04167
City 
Košice
POSTAL ADDRESS
Country 
Slovakia
Phone 

+421 55 234 2313 

Fax 
(+421 55) 62 221 24
E-mail 
TYPE OF INSTITUTION
Type of institution 
Botanical Garden
University
LEGAL STATUS
Are you part of a larger entity / legal body? 
Yes
If yes, please specify  
Department of Botany belongs to the larger entity of Institute of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Science. It is part of legal personality: P. J. Šafárik University in Košice, Botanical Garden is a part of P. J. Šafárik university in Košice
CETAF MEMBERSHIP
Category 
Full member
CETAF Official representative
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Karol MARHOLD

CETAF DEPUTY
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Prof. RNDr. Pavol Mártonfi, PhD., vascular plant taxonomy, plat reproduction biology, +421 55 2342313, pavol.martonfi@upjs.sk

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
OTHER STAFF MEMBERS WITH CONNECTIONS TO CETAF
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field + Working Group or Project involved in 

Doc. RNDr. Sergej Mochnacký, CSc., phytoceonology, +421 55 2341603, sergej.mochnacky@upjs.sk

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
Director / legal representative of the institution (title, name, phone, e-mail, research field) 

(Department): Prof. RNDr. Martin Bačkor, DrSc.+421 55 234 2302, martin.backor@upjs.sk, plant physiology

(Botanical Garden): Assoc. Prof. RNDr. Sergej Mochnacký, PhD., +421 55  234 1676, sergej.mochnacky@upjs.sk, vegetation science

Organigram 

Department of Botany is part of Institute of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Science, P. J. Šafárik University in Košice.

Botanical Garden is a part of P. J. Šafárik University in Košice

Governing and executive bodies 

University:

Rector

vice-rectors, Scientific Board from internal and external members

Faculty:

Dean

Vice-deans, Scientific Board from internal and external members

Department:

Head of Department

Botanical Garden:

Director

Executive Board

 

 

PERSONNEL
Scientific staff 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
a) TOTAL scientific staff80
b) Scientific staff linked to Collections70
c) Post-docs / PhD students110
d) Others (Associates, etc.)00
TOTAL (a+b+c+d)260
Other staff (administration etc.) 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
e) Exhibitions 30
f) Collection Managers / technicians70
g) Others 00
TOTAL (e+f+g) 100
Total permanent staff 
36
Total non-permanent staff 
0
Grand total (permanent + non-permanent Staff) 
36
Male (%) 
61
Female (%) 
39
R&D facilities
How many laboratories are in use in your institution? 
4
List of laboratories 

1. Laboratory of karyologyequipped by a standard research microscopes and other facilities for karyological studies.

2. laboratory of flow cytometry equipped by a flow cytometer with a green laser 488 nm excitation wave, allows to detect relative (DNA ploidy level) as well as absolute DNA amount in plant material, endopolyploidy in plants as well as FCSS analysis for detection of ploidy level in embryo and endosperm in seeds.

3. laboratory of phytochemistry equipped by a TLC and HPLC for determination of plant metabolites in cryptogams and fanerogams

 

4. laboratory of plant stress physiology equipped by FluorCam for measurement  of chlorophyll a fluorescence, r-t PCR for gene expression experiments and western blotting.

Other scientific / R&D facilities 

We will continue building our internationally recognized herbarium collection (acronym KO) and living cultures. Digitalization of the collection will continue as well, and we will work together with major European natural history collections in order to achieve their recognition as ESFRI infrastructure.

 

 

Exhibitions
Number of permanent exhibitions 
3
List of permanent exhibitions  
Name 
Exhibition of Tropical and Subtropical Vegetation
Name 
Exhibition of Ornamental Vegetation
Name 
Arboretum
Number of recent exhibitions 
16
Recent Temporary Exhibitions (< 2 years) 
Number of current exhibitions 
7
Current Temporary Exhibitions 
Name 
Orchids – jewels in plant kingdom
Name 
Stone herbarium
Name 
Cactuses and succulents – prickly beauty of plants
Name 
Exhibition of bonsai
Name 
Butterflies of exotic tropics
Name 
Autumn fruits
Name 
Apiculture
Number of future exhibitions 
18
RESEARCH FIELDS
RESEARCH FIELD 
Research Field 
Evolutionary studies on selected taxa
Summary of your Research programme 

specially the genus Onosma

Research Field 
Diversity and taxonomy
Summary of your Research programme 

genus Thymus, Hypericum, ...

Research Field 
Reproduction biology
Summary of your Research programme 

especially asexual and sexual reproduction in Taraxacum

Research Field 
Plant secondary metabolites with pharmaceutical utilization
Research Field 
Endopolyploidy
Research Field 
Mechanisms of toleration on heavy metals in Lichen and medicinal plants
Research Field 
Abiotic stress of plants
Research Field 
Synanthropic plant communities
Research Field 
Living and herbarium collections (KO)
Scientific publications
Number of peer-reviewed publications per year 
30
Biannual journals/series 

(2 issues per year = 1 volume) Thaiszia - Journal of Botany, https://www.upjs.sk/pracoviska/botanicka-zahrada/odborne-aktivity/thaiszia/

Other publications 

Multivolume series: Mochnacký S. et al., 2013: Botanical Gardens and Arboretums of Slovakia. Satus, Košice, pp. 246.

Digital copy of the latest annual report 
EARTH SCIENCES (Geology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards% recorded cards in database
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
...
LIFE SCIENCES (Zoology, Biology, Botany, Mycology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards % recorded cards in database
2.1Botany350000
2.2Mycology01000
2.3
...
Total specimens (all collections) 
51,000
Outstanding collection features 

Herbarium collections are primarily concentrated on the Carpathian and Pannonian flora. It consists of several parts: 1. Herbarium collection of Lajos Thaisz, 2. Historical collection, 3. General herbarium collection. Herbarium collection of Lajos Thaisz consists of 983 herbarium specimens collected in the beginning of 20th century by Lajos Thaisz – the founder of scientific botany in Abauj – Tornya District.

Historical collection represents herbarium specimens of collectors from the period up to the end of the World War 2nd. The rest of herbarium collection represents General herbarium, which consists of collections of different botanists, especially those working in the Botanical Garden or at the Department of Botany of the Institute of Biological and Ecological Sciences, Faculty of Science, or its ancestors. This collection reflects research interests of the collectors. Taraxacum, Sorbus, Rubus, Alchemilla, Crataegus, Ranunculus are the most numerous genera in the herbarium collection. In

Index Herbariorum it is found with the abbreviation KO.

Out of the 50,000 specimens in the Botnay collection, 1500 are Bryophytes and Lichenes.

Does your institution have an Index Seminum? 
Heritage sciences (art, manuscripts, maps, photographs...) 

Library contains 4872 units of periodicals obtained in periodical exchange program, about 500 books concerning botany and related fields of interest.

Size and importance of living collections 

Botanical Garden keeps several types of living collections: 1.Greenhouse collection, 2.Arboretum, 3.Alpine and ornamental flora, 4.Autochtonous flora. 

Greenhouse collection is represented by species autochtonous to tropical and subtropical areas of the world. The largest collection is the collection of Cactii which contains specimens from…

Other important collections are from families: 90, genera: 2131. We possess also several collection of cultivars of different plants used as indoor plants in our region: Ficus, Dracaena, Monstera, Sansevieria, Marantha, Spatyphyllum, Fittonia.

Further interesting specimens in greenhouse collection: Tropical and subtropical decorative flora are species and cultivars in families OrchidaceaeCycadaceae, Bromeliaceae, Arecaceae, Zamiaceae, EuphorbiaceaeBegoniaceae

Arboretum grows woody plants autochtonous both to our region and other mild regions of the world. The most interesting specimens: Acer tataricumCarpinus betulusColutea arborescensFraxinus ornusStaphylea pinnata, Rhus typhina, Castanea sativa, Quercus castaneifolia, Quercus liban, Ginkgo bilobaCedrus atlantica, C. deodara, Pinus banksiana, P. armandi, P. wallichianaZanthoxylum piperitumSequoiadendron giganteum.

 

Alpine and decorative flora are species and cultivars Adonis vernalis, Leontopodium alpinum, Lilium martagon, Arum alpinum, Beckmania eruciformis,sortiment Sedum, Sempervivum, Saxifraga, Primula, Dryas, Astilbe, Aquilegia, Helianthemum,  Armeria, Nymphaea albaN. candida,  N. tetragona, Epipacris helleborine (L.)Crantz, Cephalanthera damasonium (Mill.) Druce, Cephalanthera rubra (L.) Rich, Platanthera bifolia (L.) Rich and other

Autochtonous flora collection is aimed at:

  • Cultivation of endangered and vulnerable plants of Carpathians and Pannonia and to build some reservoir of these plants in accordance with programme of BGCI
  • Cultivation of plants for research purposes. These collections are bound to current or recent (sometime also ancient) research projects solved by researchers working in the Botanical Garden. For research purposes we also cultivate plants in connection with Diploma theses and PhD. studies of students from the Institute of Biological and Ecological Sciences, Faculty of Science.
  • A part of autochtonous flora collection is aimed also for plantation in expositions of autochtonous flora in the Botanical Garden.

A survey of taxa cultivated in Botanical Garden of P. J. Šafárik University can be found in: Mártonfiová L. (ed.) 2015: Catalogue of Plant Collections of the Botanical Garden of P.J. Šafárik University. Equilibria s.r.o., Košice, No. 6,  116pp

 

 http://www.upjs.sk/public/media/1373/catalogue-of-plant-collections-2015...

Genetic Repositories
Does your institution have a DNA bank? 
No
Does your institution have a seed bank? 
No
COLLECTION’S RELATED INFORMATION
Number of outgoing loans (parcels / specimens) per year 
5
Number of accessions (specimens) per year 
2000
Number of scientific visitors per year 
10
MAIN AREAS OF TAXONOMIC EXPERTISE 
Vascular plants: Lamiaceae, Boraginaceae, Hypericaceae
COMMUNICATION MATERIAL
Logo 
Contact person at your institution for communications / press / external relations (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

CETAF: Prof. RNDr. Pavol Mártonfi, PhD. (pavol.martonfi@upjs.sk)

Press/External relationdships: RNDr. Andrea Fridmanová, PhD. (andrea.fridmanova@upjs.sk)

 

 

Visitors
Last year:  
35 818
Trends (past and future) 

In 2015 there were 35 818 paying visitors in the Botanical Garden of P. J. Šafárik University in Košice. From this, 20 235 children and 15 583 adults. Children under 6 years old are admitted free to the Botanical Garden and we do not record their number. During exhibitions and events 29 655 people visited the Botanical Garden, 6 163 people outside exhibitions. 

In the Botanical Garden of P. J. Šafárik University in Košice there were 38 956 paying visitors in 2012, 38 665 paying visitors in 2013 and 36 836 paying visitors in 2014. Every year we organize several thematic exhibitions and events for visitors. In addition, we organize an educational program for primary schools and we participate in the University of the Third Age. In the future we want to continue at the set trend.

Visitor number during different exhibitions:

Stone Herbarium – 1 532 paying visitors

Cacti and Succulents – 1 513 paying visitors

Exotic Tropical Butterflies – 20 614 paying visitors

We are looking for a muse in a Botanical Barden – 804 paying visitors

Citrus and Palm Trees – 1 444 paying visitors

Bonsai – 1 274 paying visitors

Beekeeping – 906 paying visitors

Medicinal Plants – 1 327 paying visitors

 

Mysterious Vlcie hory- photo exhibition – 241 paying visitors

If your institution is involved with universities in teaching or education programmes, please name and describe them 

Department of Botany and Botanical Garden is a parts of University

On the Bachelor’s study programmes of Biology and Ecology, teachers of the Department participate on teaching of compulsory subjects:General Botany, Botany I (Systematic of ower plants), Botany II (Systematic of higher plants), Plant Physiology and management of theses.

The Department guarantees Master study program of Botany and Plant Physiology, in which teachers of the Department teach compulsory subjects: Plant Taxonomy, Plant Metabolism, Physiology of Plant Growth and Development, Evolutionary Biology and Plant Ecology. Compulsory elective courses and elective courses in this and other study programs are Phytogeography, Mineral Nutrition and Pedology, Plant Embryology, Plant Stress Physiology, Biology of Plant Symbioses, Healing Plants, Seminar from Plant Physiology and Seminar from Botany.

 

In the doctoral study program of Plant Physiology, there are disciplines: Selected Topics of Plant Physiology, Plant Ecophysiology, Reproductive Plant Biology and Plant Secondary Metabolism.

If your institution is involved in online courses, please describe them and the partners 

Currently no on-line courses

Other relevant information on education and / or training carried out 

BOTANIKIADA for students in primary and secondary schools

Contact person at your institution for education / teaching / training (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Prof. RNDr. Martin Bačkor, DrSc., +421 55 2342310, martin.backor@upjs.sk

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF CURRENT INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

Evolutionary studies and taxonomy of the Carpathian and Pannonia flora

Improvement of living collections in Botanical Garden

Digitalisation of herbarium collections (herbarium KO)

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF FUTURE INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

Phylogeographic studies of the selected taxa of the Carpathian and Pannonia flora

Further improvement of living collections in Botanical Garden.

Digitalisation of herbarium collections (herbarium KO)

Last update 
11.24.16