RNDr. Zdeňka Svobodová, Ph.D.

Job Position: Research Scientist - Laboratory of Applied Entomology

Contact details

Phone: +420 387 775 252
E-mail: svobodova@entu.cas.cz
Room: 203

Description

Applied entomology, ecology, agricultural biotechnology, biological control of insect pests, predator-prey interactions. 

Effect of insecticidal Cry proteins on target and non-target arthropod species. Effect of genetically modified maize on communities of non-target arthropods.

Curriculum vitae

Education:

  • 2010 – 2016: Ph.D. degree in Ecosystem Biology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia 
  • 2008 – 2010: Master degree in Ecosystem Biology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia 
  • 2005 – 2008: Bachelor degree in Care for the Environment, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia 

Involvement in scientific projects:

  • TRANSCRY, Transfer of insecticidal Cry proteins along the food chain (2014 – 2015)
  • Comparison of the impact of Bt maize on entomofauna in the conditions of the Czech and Slovak Republic (2014 – 2015)
  • Quantitative and qualitative monitoring of the selected non-target epigeic arthropods on the plots seeded with NK603 (Roundup Ready maize) with the various combination of currently used tillage treatments and different herbicide regimes  (2013 – 2014)
  • Mechanisms of beetle resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis Cry toxins (2012 – 2015)
  • Introduction of genetically modified corn hybrids with resistance to insect pests and tolerance to non-selective herbicides in the Czech Republic with regard to biotic components of agroecosystems (2009 – 2011)

Research Stays:

  • June 2014 – March 2015: Biosafety group, Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station ART, Zürich, Switzerland (fellowship from: Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland)
  • September – December 2012: Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA 
  • August – October 2008: Institute of Agri-Food Research and Technology (IRTA), Lleida, Spain

Publications
Total found: 49 records
Skoková Habuštová O., Svobodová Z., Cagáň Ľ., Sehnal F. (2017) Use of carabids for the post-market environmental monitoring of genetically modified crops. Toxins 9 : 121.
DOI: 10.3390/toxins9040121
Svobodová Z., Burkness E., Skoková Habuštová O., Hutchison W. (2017) Predator preference for Bt-fed Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) prey: implications for insect resistance management in Bt maize seed blends. Journal of Economic Entomology 110 (3) : 1317–1325.
DOI: 10.1093/jee/tox098
Svobodová Z., Shu Y., Skoková Habuštová O., Romeis J., Meissle M. (2017) Stacked Bt maize and arthropod predators – Exposure to insecticidal Cry proteins and potential hazards. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284 : 20170440.
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0440

Documents to download:
supporting dataset (xlsx), supplementary material (pdf)
Svobodová Z., Skoková Habuštová O., Soukup J., Sehnal F. (2017) Herbicide strategy used in glyphosate-tolerant crops provides efficient weed control and favors beneficial epigeic arthropods. EWRS Working Group Herbicide Tolerant Varieties Workshop Novi Sad, Serbia, May 29 – 31, presentation.
Svobodová Z., Skoková Habuštová O., Vinokurov K. (2017) Why is Cry3Aa toxin insufficiently effective against some tenebrionid storage pests? IOBC/WPRS Working Group Meeting. Integrated Protection of Stored Products. 3 – 5 July, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Poster.
Ricroch A., Harwood W., Svobodová Z., Sági L., Hundleby P., Badea E., Rosca I., Cruz G., Fevereiro M., Riera V., Jansson S., Morandini P., Bojinov B., Cetiner S., Custers R., Schrader U., Jacobsen H., Martin-Laffon J., Boisron A., Kuntz M. (2016) Challenges facing European agriculture and possible biotechnological solutions. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology 36 : 875-883.
DOI: 10.3109/07388551.2015.1055707
Svobodová Z., Romeis J., Skoková Habuštová O., Meissle M. (2016) Susceptibility of Spodoptera littoralis (Boisd.) to lepidopteran active Cry proteins in stacked Bt maize. IOBC/WPRS Bulletin 114 : 65 – 70.
Svobodová Z., Skoková Habuštová O., Boháč J., Sehnal F. (2016) Functional diversity of staphylinid beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) in maize fields: testing the possible effect of genetically modified, insect resistant maize. Bulletin of Entomological Research 106 : 432–445.
DOI: 10.1017/S000748531500111X
Svobodová Z., Skoková Habuštová O., Vlasák J., Vinokurov K. (2016) Study of the effectiveness of Cry3Aa derivatives to tenebrionid pests in laboratory bioassays. IOBC/WPRS Bulletin 114 : 71–77.
Skoková Habuštová O., Svobodová Z., Spitzer L., Doležal P., Hussein H. M., Sehnal F. (2015) Communities of ground-dwelling arthropods in conventional and transgenic maize: background data for the post-market environmental monitoring. Journal of Applied Entomology 139 : 31-45.
DOI: 10.1111/jen.12160
Svobodová Z., Habuštová O., Hutchison W., Hussein H. M., Sehnal F. (2015) Risk assessment of genetically engineered maize resistant to Diabrotica spp.: influence on above-ground arthropods in the Czech Republic. PLoS ONE 10 : e0130656. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130656
Svobodová Z., Habuštová O., Vlasák J., Vinokurov K. (2015) Laboratory bioassays assessing the enhancement of Cry3Aa toxicity to tenebrionid beetle storage product pests. IOBC/WPRS Working Group Meeting. Ecological Impact of Genetically Modified Organisms. 1 – 3 June, Sofia, Bulgaria, poster.
Svobodová Z., Romeis J., Skoková Habuštová O., Meissle M. (2015) Transfer of insecticidal Cry proteins from stacked Bt crops alongthe food chain. IOBC/WPRS Working Group Meeting. Ecological Impact of Genetically Modified Organisms. 1 – 3 June, Sofia, Bulgaria, presentation.
Habuštová O., Doležal P., Spitzer L., Svobodová Z., Hussein H., Sehnal F. (2014) Impact of Cry1Ab toxin expression on the non-target insects dwelling on maize plants. Journal of Applied Entomology 138 : 164-172..
DOI: 10.1111/jen.12004
Svobodová Z., Romeis J., Skoková Habuštová O., Meissle M. (2014) Transfer of insecticidal Cry proteins from stacked Bt crops alongthe food chain. Annual meeting of Entomological society of America. November 16 – 19, Portland, Oregon, USA Presentation 88571.
El-Laithy A., Elseedy E., El-Kholi M., Abou-Ellela M., Svobodová Z. (2013) Population dynamics of major insect and mite pests and control on sweet pepper grown in net house in Egypt. Integrated Control of Plant-Feeding Mites IOBC/WPRS Bulletin 93 : 31 – 38.
Kodrík D., Kludkiewicz B., Navrátil O., Skoková Habuštová O., Horáčková V., Svobodová Z., Vinokurov K., Sehnal F. (2013) Protease inhibitor from insect silk - activities of derivatives expressed in vitro and in transgenic potato. Appl. Biochem. Biotechnol. 171 : 209-224.
DOI: 10.1007/s12010-013-0325-9
Sehnal F., Habuštová O., Svobodová Z. (2013) Assessment of the environmental impact of genetically modified crops. The European Technology Assessment Conference: “Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions” Prague, March 13-15, 2013. Abstract 1-2.
Skoková Habuštová O., Svobodová Z., Vinokurov K., Sehnal F. (2013) Laboratory bioassay assessing effectiveness of Cry3Aa derivatives to coleopteran storage pests´ immature. IOBC/WPRS Working Group Meeting. Ecological Impact of Genetically Modified Organisms. 3 – 5 June, Berlin, Germany, poster.
Svobodová Z. (2013) Vědecká iniciativa PRRI podporuje používání a vývoj GM plodin v Evropě. Svět biotechnologií 6 : 3-4.

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370 05 České Budějovice

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