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Baldrian Petr

Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
Born September 1, 1972 in Prague

  • Environmental microbiology and ecology
  • Member of Learned Society since 2021

Educational and professional preparation

  • MSc., Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, 1996
  • Ph.D., Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, 2000
  • Associate Professor in Environmental Sciences Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, 2017

Employment and academic positions

  • Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague (since 1998), Head of the Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology (since 2006)

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies

  • Czechoslovak Society for Microbiology (member)
  • Czech Society for Ecology (member)
  • Czech Science Foundation – panel member, discipline committee member, member of presidium
  • Scientific Council of the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague (member)

Membership and positions in selected international organizations and societies

  • International Society for Microbial Ecology – Ambassador for the Czech Republic
  • American Society for Microbiology (member), British Mycological Society (member)
  • Editor časopisů Microbiome, ISME Journal, Fungal Ecology a FEMS Microbiology Ecology
  • Evaluation panel member: Horizon 2020, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, FORMAS
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board - Finnish Natural Resources Institute, Helsinki

Notable awards

  • 2008, Prize of the President of the Czech Science Foundation
  • 2015, Prize of the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic for the excellence in research
  • 2017, Academic Award – Praemium Academiae, Czech Academy of Sciences
  • 2021, Award of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

Selected publications

  • Větrovský, T., Kohout, P., Kopecký, M., Machac, A., Man, M., Bahnmann, B.D., Brabcová, V., Choi, J., Meszárošová, L., Human, Z.R., Lepinay, C., Lladó, S., Lopez-Mondejar, R., Martinovic, T., Mašínová, T., Morais, D., Navrátilová, D., Odriozola, I., Štursová, M., Švec, K., Tláskal, V., Urbanová, M., Wan, J., Žifčáková, L., Howe, A., Ladau, J., Peay, K.G., Storch, D., Wild, J., Baldrian, P. (2019) A meta-analysis of global fungal distribution reveals climate-driven patterns. Nature Communications 10, 5142.
  • Nilsson, R.H., Anslan, S., Bahram, M., Wurzbacher, C., Baldrian, P., Tedersoo, L. (2019) Mycobiome diversity: high-throughput sequencing and identification of fungi. Nature Reviews Microbiology 17, 95.
  • López-Mondéjar, R., Brabcová, V., Štursová, M., Davidová, A., Jansa, J., Cajthaml, T., Baldrian, P.  (2018) Decomposer food web in a deciduous forest shows high share of generalist microorganisms and importance of microbial biomass recycling. ISME Journal 12, 1768.
  • Kohout, P., Charvátová, M., Štursová, M., Mašínová, T., Tomšovský, M., Baldrian, P. (2018) Clearcutting alters decomposition processes and initiates complex restructuring of fungal communities in soil and tree roots. ISME Journal 12, 692.
  • Baldrian, P. (2017) Forest microbiome: diversity, complexity and dynamics. FEMS Microbiology Reviews 41, 109.
  • Brabcová, V., Nováková, M., Davidová, A. and Baldrian, P. (2016) Dead fungal mycelium in forest soil represents a decomposition hotspot and a habitat for a specific microbial community. New Phytologist 210, 1369.
  • Štursová, M., Šnajdr, J., Cajthaml, T., Bárta, J., Šantrůčková, H. and Baldrian, P. (2014) When the forest dies: the response of forest soil fungi to a bark beetle-induced tree dieback. ISME Journal 8, 1920.
  • Bradford, M.A., Warren, R.J., Baldrian, P., Crowther, T.W., Maynard, D.S., Oldfield, E.E., Wieder, W.R., Wood, S.A. and King, J.R. (2014) Climate fails to predict wood decomposition at regional scales. Nature Climate Change, 4, 625.
  • Voříšková, J. and Baldrian, P. (2013) Fungal community on decomposing leaf litter undergoes rapid successional changes. ISME Journal, 7, 477.
  • Baldrian, P., Kolařík, M., Štursová, M., et al. (2012) Active and total microbial communities in forest soil are largely different and highly stratified during decomposition. ISME Journal 6, 248-258.

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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.