Research and development Projects

Projects

CETOCOEN - a project founding the Research centre for toxic compounds in the environment [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Klánová Jana

Period Period: 2010—2014 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

A goal of the CETOCOEN project of the Operational Programme Research and development for innovations is an establishment of the Research centre for toxic compounds in the environment as a Regional centre of the applied science.

Bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants in earthworms in relation to their bioavailability in soils (Project GA503/10/0125) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Hofman Jakub

Period Period: 2010—2013 Sponsor Sponsor: Czech science foundation

The goals of the project are: to investigate the effects of soil properties and aging on POPs bioavailability to earthworms; to verify if artificial soils are good model of real soils concerning the bioaccumulation of POPs in earthworms; to investigate the extraction methods for POPs which would be able to predict their bioavailability to earthworms.

Innovation and upgrade of the environmental education at Faculty of Science of Masaryk University (RECETOX EDUCATION) (Project CZ.1.07/2.2.00/15.0213) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Hofman Jakub

Period Period: 2010—2013 Sponsor Sponsor: European social fund and Czech Republic state budget

The aim of the project is the innovation of the environmental education at Faculty of Science of Masaryk University in order to prepare students better for their jobs. Emphasis is put on the education of sustainable development. In the project, courses will be innovated and several new courses will be established. Education will be linked to applications - seminars with guest experts, excursions and stays.

Implications of photochemical activity of organic pollutants in polar regions [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Klán Petr

Period Period: 2010—2013 Sponsor Sponsor: Czech science foundation

The project dealt with the experimental studies of pjototransformations of organic pollutants in ice and snow.

Arctic Health Risks: Impacts on health in the Arctic and Europe owing to climate induced changes in contaminant cycling (ArcRisk) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Klánová Jana

Period Period: 2009—2013 Sponsor Sponsor: EU

Climate change has the potential to alter the pathways by which harmful chemicals cycle through the environment and enter food chains.

AQUAREHAB -"Development of rehabilitation technologies and approaches for multipressed degraded waters and the integration of their impact on river basis management" (EU FP7 IP project) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Bláha Luděk

Period Period: 2009—2013 Sponsor Sponsor: EU

Within the project, different innovative rehabilitation technologies for soil, groundwater and surface water will be developed to cope with a number of priority contaminants (nitrates, pesticides, chlorinated compounds, aromatic compounds, mixed pollutions…). A connection between the innovative technologies and river basin management will be worked out.

Long-term monitoring of persistent organic pollutants in ambiemt air in Africa. [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Klánová Jana

Period Period: 2010—2012 Sponsor Sponsor: EU

This project is focused on the long-term monitoring of persistent organic pollutants in ambient air in African continent. Special attention is paid to emerging pollutants newly listed in the annexes of the Stockholm Convention.

Assessment of multiple biological effects of air pollutants mixtures in vitro [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Novák Jiří

Period Period: 2010—2012 Sponsor Sponsor: Czech science foundation

The main goal of the project is to gain a unique information on a relatively wide set of nonspecific and specific biological effects (toxicity, genotoxicity, dioxin-like toxicity, estrogenicity and androgenicity) of complex mixtures of pollutants from particulate and gas phase of ambient air collected at localities differing in pollution status and/or type. The study will describe a seasonal variation of the biological effects and compare the toxicological characteristics of the samples with data from chemical analyses.

New photoactivatable compounds for organic chemistry and biology [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Klán Petr

Period Period: 2009—2012 Sponsor Sponsor: Czech science foundation

The project deals with the design, study and applications of photoactivatable compounds.

New photoactivatable systems for biological studies [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Klán Petr

Period Period: 2009—2012 Sponsor Sponsor: Czech science foundation

The project deals with the design and study of photoactivatable compounds, which can found applications in biochemistry and biology.

Contaminant-specific isotope analyses as sharp environmental-forensics tools for site characterisation, monitoring and source apportionment of pollutants in soil (isoSoil) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Klánová Jana

Period Period: 2010—2011 Sponsor Sponsor: EU

Contaminant-specific isotope analyses is a sharp environmental-forensics tools for site characterisation, monitoring and source apportionment of pollutants in soil.

MonAirNet - Cross-Border Cooperation Austria – Czech Republic: Impact assessment of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) air pollution in these region (2010-2012) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Čupr Pavel

Period Period: 2010—2012 Sponsor Sponsor: EU

The project MONAIRNET is focused on development of network for the monitoring of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in ambient air of the Czech Republic and Austria.
This network will allow for assessment of impacts of point and diffusion sources of POPs.

ChemPoint - researchers for chemical praxis (Project EE2.4.12.0026) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Holoubek Ivan

Period Period: 2010—2011 Sponsor Sponsor: European Social Fund

Goal of the project is to start new community EnviroPoint which will connect people from academia and industry in the field of environmental issues. Activities involve seminars and workshops of the community and presentation of activities to experts and non-experts.

In vitro methods for detection and studies of epigenetic toxicity of xenobiotics (GACR 525/00/D101) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Bláha Luděk

Period Period: 2010—2011 Sponsor Sponsor: Czech science foundation

The major objectives were to (1) Introduction of novel in vitro models for research of epigenetic toxicity; (2) new information about mechanisms of toxicity (PAH derivatives, pesticides); (3) Screening of toxicity in complex environmental samples.

ENVISCREEN - New molecular biology and biochemical methods to monitor estrogens and other endocrine disruptors in the environment of the C.R. (project NPV 2 - 2B08036) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Bláha Luděk

Period Period: 2008—2011 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

The project aims to develop new progressive methods for screening and evaluation of endocrine disruptors in the environment that will be designed and optimized in concordance with current and newly prepared OECD standards.

Potentiality and limits of the use of river and pond sediments in agriculture (project QH82083) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Sáňka Milan

Period Period: 2008—2011 Sponsor Sponsor: CR National Agency for Agriculture Research

Objective of the project is to determine and specify the limits for dredged sediments applied on soils and optimize the system for evaluation of their effects. Goal is to obtain new knowledge which is needed for better risk assessment and to reduce possible negative effects on soils. Results obtained will help to improve legislation for dredged sediments in the Czech Republic.

SciPOPsCTR - Realization of the scientific goals of the National implementation plan of the Stockholm Convention (SciPOPs) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Holoubek Ivan

Period Period: 2007—2011 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

SciPOPs - Realization of the scientific goals of the National implementation plan of the Stockholm Convention (Persistent toxic substances, Stockholm Convention, National implementation plan, Scientific goals of the NIP).

AirToxPM - Complex characterization of dust fractions in ambint air [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Klánová Jana

Period Period: 2007—2011 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

Basic goal of the project is to use the most suitable combination of methods for the systematic characterisation of the physical, chemical and toxicological properties of air particulates including the identification of their primary sources, characterisation of their sorption potential and modelling of their behaviour, future fate a presence in the atmosphere and their toxicological effects.

Minimization of Risks of Cyanobacterial Metabolites in Technological Processes in Fishery (project NAZV - no. QH71015) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Bláha Luděk

Period Period: 2007—2011 Sponsor Sponsor: CR National Agency for Agriculture Research

Research is focused on understanding the accumulation levels and kinetics of cyanobacterial toxins (microcystins) in Czech fish. Research also addresses other factors in cyanobacterial water blooms affecting quality and technologies in fisheries.

INCHEMBIOL - Interactions among the chemicals, environment and biological systems and their consequences on the global, regional and local scales (institutional research plan MSM0021622412) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Bláha Luděk

Period Period: 2005—2011 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

The major objective of this conceptual long-term project is complex understanding to relationships and interactions among chemical compounds in environmental matrices and their effects on biota. It combines research of earth sciences, several chemical and biological specializations and environmental informatics.

Modern approaches for evaluation of sorption of persistent organic pollutants in soil [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Bielská Lucie

Period Period: 2010—2010 Sponsor Sponsor: The CR Fund for university development

Objective of the project is to introduce new laboratory exercises using supercritical fluid extraction technique (SFE).

POPs Centre 2010 [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Holoubek Ivan

Period Period: 2010—2010 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

Based on the experience from the activities of the European POPs Expert Network and long-term activities in the field of persistent organic pollutants, Masaryk University Brno and Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic established in September 2005. Central and Eastern European Centre for Persistent Organic Pollutants (CEEPOPsCTR) as a common contribution of the Central and Eastern European Countries to the activities connected with the implementation of the Stockholm Convention (SC).

International summer school 2010 [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Holoubek Ivan

Period Period: 2010—2010 Sponsor Sponsor: UNEP

Organisation of the 4th Summer School of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology - Approaches to the study of relationships between environmental levels of chemicals and their biological effects with special attention to the persistent, toxic substances.

Building of capacities for analysis of persistent organic compounds in ambient air.in Africa.

Manager Manager: Klánová Jana

Period Period: 2010—2010 Sponsor Sponsor: UNEP

Transfer of environmental technologies and capacity building in developing regions is one of the major tasks of RECETOX as a Regional centre of the Stockholm Convention for the region of Central and Eastern Europe.

Tumor promotional mechanisms of cyanobacterial metabolites (GAČR 524/08/0496) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Bláha Luděk

Period Period: 2008—2010 Sponsor Sponsor: Czech science foundation

The aims of the project are (1) Characterization of new effects of cyanobacteria on important biomarkers of tumor promotion; (2) Assessment of biochemical and cellular mechanisms; (3) Characterization of new bioactive compounds; (4) New information for risk assessment of toxic cyanobacteria.

Interaction of humic substances and UV-VIS irradiation with dioxin-like environmental pollutants

Manager Manager: Bittner Michal

Period Period: 2008—2010 Sponsor Sponsor: Czech science foundation

Humic substances (HS) are naturally occurring compounds ubiquitous in water, that were shown e.g. to interact with xenobiotics. In consequence of this interaction, properties of affected compounds such as bioavailability and toxicity are changed.

Center for Biocatalysis and Biotransformation [Details detail]

Period Period: 2006—2010 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

The project aims at the development and optimization of new biocatalysts (dehalogenas, esterase, nitrilas, amidase, glycosidases and other selected enzymes), study of mechanisms and molecular structures of these enzymes, the development and implementation of methods for studying the structure and function of enzymes and their targeted optimization.

National POPs Centre CR 2009 [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Holoubek Ivan

Period Period: 2009—2009 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

Based on the experience from the activities of the European POPs Expert Network and long-term activities in the field of persistent organic pollutants, Masaryk University Brno and Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic established in September 2005. Central and Eastern European Centre for Persistent Organic Pollutants (CEEPOPsCTR) as a common contribution of the Central and Eastern European Countries to the activities connected with the implementation of the Stockholm Convention (SC).

National POPs Centre CR 2008 [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Holoubek Ivan

Period Period: 2008—2008 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

Based on the experience from the activities of the European POPs Expert Network and long-term activities in the field of persistent organic pollutants, Masaryk University Brno and Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic established in September 2005. Central and Eastern European Centre for Persistent Organic Pollutants (CEEPOPsCTR) as a common contribution of the Central and Eastern European Countries to the activities connected with the implementation of the Stockholm Convention (SC).

Measurements of POPs concentration in ambient air in two UN regions: Africa and Central and Eastern Europe [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Holoubek Ivan

Period Period: 2008—2008 Sponsor Sponsor: UNEP

Goal of this project was to provide first pilot data the levels of persistent organic pollutants in ambient air of Africa.

ECODIS [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Holoubek Ivan

Period Period: 2005—2008 Sponsor Sponsor: EU

Objectives of the project are to develop systems for dynamic sensing of chemical pollution disasters and predictive modelling of their spread and ecological impact. The approaches are based on combinations of analytical and biological (ecotoxicological) tools.

Accessibility of websites of state authorities (project YA512006003 ) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Ráček Jaroslav

Period Period: 2006—2007 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of Informatics

The aim is accessibility of state authorities websites in agreement with the international guidelines WCAG1.0 and with the proposed guidelines WCAG2.0.

The NOP On-line Project [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Dušek Ladislav

Period Period: 2006—2007 Sponsor Sponsor: The Czech Society for Oncology, AstraZeneca CR

Research project based on development of good presentation and communication conditions and equipment for the Czech Republic´s network of oncology centres

The aim of the project are effective methods of the communication of czech informative systems within the JISŽP with nternational communication systems in the environmental area. [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Hřebíček Jiří

Period Period: 2005—2007 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

The aim of the project are effective methods of the communication of czech informative systems within the JISŽP with nternational communication systems in the environmental area. This research will be mainly aimed for european environmental informative swithin the EU, including INSPIRE, GMES and other systems coordinated by EEA, e.g. all-European processing of environmental data, where is possible to involve operation, creation and development of theEuropean environmental informative and observative network ( EIONET) and also effective cooperation with appropriate international organisations and programmes (CERES, GRI, etc.).

Environmental consequences of photochemical processes in ice and snow. (GA205/05/0819) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Klánová Jana

Period Period: 2005—2007 Sponsor Sponsor: Czech science foundation

This project was assessing mechanisms of photodegradation of various environmental pollutants in ice and snow including impacts of such degradations on toxicity of these matrices.

In vitro models for studies of endocrine disruption - effects of traditional and new types of persistent organic pollutants [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Hilscherová Klára

Period Period: 2005—2007 Sponsor Sponsor: Czech science foundation

Project was aimed at development and validation of a system of in vitro tests for detection of endocrine disruption potential of environmental contaminants that is unique in the Czech Republic. The tests enable to study interactions of xenobiotics with regulation mechanisms on the level of receptors (estrogen, androgen, glucocorticoid, retinoid) and steroidogenesis. The methods can be used to study important pollutants as well as complex mixtures from environmental samples.

ARROW - Assessment of Reference Reports of Water Monitoring [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Jarkovský Jiří

Period Period: 2006—2006 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

Research project in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic. Monitoring and assessment of ecological condition of waters

Effects of newly recognized priority persistent organic pollutants (POPs) on organisms of soil ecosystem (Project GP525/04/P159) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Hofman Jakub

Period Period: 2004—2006 Sponsor Sponsor: Czech science foundation

The aims of the project were to introduce, optimize and validate the test battery with soil organisms and to study effects of selected priority persistent organic pollutants (POPs) on soil ecosystem using these tests.

Analysis and Design of Environmental Data Models and External Czech Environmental Information System Interfaces Compatible with the EU (Project SM/250/3/03) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Hřebíček Jiří

Period Period: 2003—2005 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

The objective of the project was to develop a central output data model for MŽP, which would reflect the needs of strategic planning, super-disciplinary information support to state administration, informing of the public

Ecotoxicology of persistent organic environmental pollutants (Project GA525/03/0367) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Maršálek Blahoslav

Period Period: 2003—2005 Sponsor Sponsor: Czech science foundation

Objective of the project was to introduce wide battery of ecotoxicity tests and evaluate the effects of several groups of priority persistent organic pollutants.

Centre of Excellence for Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Holoubek Ivan

Period Period: 2002—2005 Sponsor Sponsor: EU

This project was focused on intergrating most promising research centers in the Associate Member states of the European Union into the European research area.

Biomolekular center [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Damborský Jiří

Period Period: 2000—2005 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

Biomolecular Center is designed as an expert in the field of structures and properties of biologically important molecules and polymers, especially proteins and nucleic acids fragments. In the horizontal plane is to build excellent background in the methods of study of biomolecules at the atomic level using NMR spectroscopy, computer modeling and X-ray crystallography, together with the proper support in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology.

APOPSBAL - Assessment of the selected POPs (PCBs, PCDDs/Fs, OCPs) in the atmosphere and water ecosystems from the waste materials generated by warfare in former Yugoslavia [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Holoubek Ivan

Period Period: 2000—2005 Sponsor Sponsor: EU

Assessment of the selected POPs (PCBs, PCDDs/Fs, OCPs) in the atmosphere and water ecosystems from the waste materiáls generated by warfare in formel Yugoslavia.

Cellular and molecular methods for assessment of endocrine disruption (Project 1K04006) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Bláha Luděk

Period Period: 2004—2004 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

The project supported mobility of the investigator (Bláha) - stay in USA, Michigan State University, East Lansing. The aim was to transfer techniques allowing studies of steroidogenesis toxicity to the Czech Laboratories. Priority new results about contaminated sediments were also derived within the project.

Photochemistry of persistent compounds in/on ice [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Klán Petr

Period Period: 2002—2004 Sponsor Sponsor: Czech science foundation

The pilot study of mechanisms of photochemical reactions of model compounds in the solid matrices of frozen solutions.

Transformation of air pollutants concerning negative anthropogenic process, their impacts on human population, landscape receptors and simulation their transport in athmosphere. VaV/740/2/01 [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Holoubek Ivan

Period Period: 2001—2004 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

Evaluation of the hazards concerning the ecosystems and health hazards for the soil receptors (terrestrial ecosystems, soil, water) resulting from the anthropogennic loads of HM, POPs air based on the calculations of the critical loads incl. the relation-source.

Strukturně-funkční vztahy biomolekul a jejich role v metabolismu [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Damborský Jiří

Period Period: 1999—2004 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

Understanding relationships between structure and function of biomolecules is important not only in current biology, but also in many related fields such as biochemistry, medicine, pharmaceuticals and agricultural and environmental sciences and interdisciplinary approach, affecting both the structure and dynamics of biomolecules and their metabolic manifestations. One of the traditional methods of analysis of biological functions based on the study of model organisms for peak systems, including the determination of metabolic pathways and their regulation and ending with the optimization of these processes for practical applications.

Enabling activities to facilitate early action in the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs Convention) in Czech Republic [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Holoubek Ivan

Period Period: 2002—2003 Sponsor Sponsor: UNIDO/GEF

The goal of this project was to facilitate activities supporting implementation of the Stockholm Conventionon on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs Convention) in the Czech Republic.

Effects of chemical pollution on contamination and quality of biotic components of ecosystem. Subproject: Photochemistry of organic pollutants in wax layer of needles [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Holoubek Ivan

Period Period: 2001—2003 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

This study was focused on mechanisms of photodegradation of model compounds and common environmental pollutants in the wax layer on the surface of needles as well as in the model set-up of the paraffin layer.

Evaluation of the ecosystems and health hazards of the persistent environmental HMs, POPs relating to the Czech liabilities within the CLRTAP Convention and the following reports including the goals defined by the Working Group on Effects (WGE- UN ECE). V [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Holoubek Ivan

Period Period: 2001—2002 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

Evaluation of the hazards concerning the ecosystems and health hazards for the soil receptors resulting from the anthropogennic loads of HM and POPs air based on the calculations of the critical loads.

UNEP/GEF Project Regionally Based Assessment of Persistent Toxic Substances [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Holoubek Ivan

Period Period: 2001—2002 Sponsor Sponsor: UNEP Chemicals/GEF

Development of national and regional inventories of persistent organic compounds is a first step in successfull implementation of international conventions on POPs.

Project SI/340/1/00 - Region-specific approach in analysis of ecological risks - methodology of assessment in the relationship to natural catastrophes [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Holoubek Ivan

Period Period: 2000—2002 Sponsor Sponsor: The Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

The application of region-specific approaches for ecological risk assessment. The development of methodology for ecological risk assessment especially in the relationship to natural catastrophs. The development of stragegy for predictive analysis of ecological risks.

Diversity and functional analysis of soil microbial communities in terrestrial ecosystems polluted by persistent organic pollutants (POPs) (Project GA526/98/1147) [Details detail]

Manager Manager: Dušek Ladislav

Period Period: 1998—2000 Sponsor Sponsor: Czech science foundation

The project was focused on diversity and activity of soil microbial communities in terrestrial ecosystems stressed by heterogeneous environmental mixture of persistent organic pollutants - POPs.