František HindákSlovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia
Jiří KomárekUniversity of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
Hors Lange - BertalotJohann Wolfang Goethe University, Germany


Prof. Dr. František Hindák

Dr František Hindák is a Professor in the Institute of Botany at Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. His research interests include the cyanobacterial and algal taxonomy as well as their ecology, water blooms, biodiversity, floras and laboratory cultivation. Professor's interests revolve around developing and understanding ecological processes in aquatic systems of all types including the application taxonomical knowledge to practical problems with the effects of natural and human factors on algae. He is an author of 550 publications, from that 28 books, on all aspects of algae, including cyanobacteria and green algae biodiversity.


Department of Cryptogams
Institute of Botany
Dúbravská cesta 9
SK-845 23 Bratislava
Slovak Republic

Prof. Dr. Jiří Komárek

My scientific interest concerns phycology, especially (in last years) the modern methods ("polyphasic approach") of evaluation the diversity and the processes of diversification and taxonomic classification of cyanobacteria, both in nature and in cultrures. I use mainly the combined morphological, ultrastructural, molecular (genotypic), ecophysiological and ecological criteria to analyses of cyanobacterial populations and strains. The study of the ecology, distribution and of species ecology is an important part of this evaluation, in respect to the fast adaptation and speciation processes. My last papers are oriented to the revision of the phylogenetic classification of cyanobacteria just according these modern, genetic criteria.


Institute of Botany AS CR
Dukelská 135
CZ 379 18 Třeboň
Czech Republic

Prof. Dr. Horst Lange-Bertalot

Professor Horst Lange-Bertalot is one of the leading specialists studying diatoms, which are among the most diverse microscopic organisms.He spent study of these unicellular algae almost the entire period of his scientific activity. His first work on the use of diatoms as indicator organisms leading to precise taxonomic diagnoses and made Professor a illustrious diatom taxonomist. He is the author of nearly 200 scientific publications, and 168 concerned diatoms. Professor studied the materials from all over the world, worked with experts from various countries, and on the basis of these studies has identified 37 new genera of diatoms and discovered more than a thousand previously unknown species.

Johann Wolfang Goethe University