CZ-TAF offers access to the most important museum in the Czech Republic with approximately 15 million specimens including 140,000 type specimens representing 200 years of collecting and research.
CZ-TAF collections represent a diverse selection of organisms, fossils, minerals, wet collections, frozen tissues, DNA samples and slides. They are focused particularly on Central European nature and geology. CZ-TAF collections cover also tropical regions, particularly South America and Australasia. The collections are organised into seven core collections reflecting the primary scientific disciplines (anthropology, botany, entomology, mineralogy and petrology, mycology, palaeontology and zoology). Several special collections are unique globally (e.g. Sternberg’s Fossil Plant Collection, Barrande’s Palaeontological Collection).
CZ TAF Research highlights
CZ-TAF staff published more than 200 IF papers during last three years. Many CZ-TAF scientists teach at universities, which provide excellent outreach platforms. Currently, ca 30 PhD students are supervised by NMP staff.
NMP staff research highlights include:
- DNA studies revealed several new species of amphibians of Amazonian region
- mitochondrial DNA studies provided an insight into evolution of some European fish species
- fossil evidence of angiosperm leaf vein evolution reflecting a climate change in the Cretaceous
- complex atlas of fungi of the Czech Republic has been published
- analysis of mortal remains of the famous astronomer Tycho Brahe showed that he had not been mercury poisoned as traditionally believed
- genetic studies revealed significant diversity of Indian Curcuma
- several new mineral species have been described from various localities in the Czech Republic