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Lenka Forkelová

PhD candidate (IMPRS-gBGC)

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Group of Dr. Henrik Hartmann

street:Hans-Knöll-Str. 10
zip, city:07745, Jena
phone:+49 3641 576108

Research Interests

My first research attempts started at Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences at CULS in Prague where I was studying the effect of drought on Norway spruce defense system and susceptibility to European spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus L.) attack. There I’ve first learned about the beauty of chemical ecology and the unsolved question of drought and defense. At the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry I work on the effect of drought on carbon allocation in peppermint (Mentha x piperita). I use 13C stable isotope to track carbon from its fixation site to constitutive defense compounds and to volatile organic compound (VOCs). In order to understand drought effects on carbon allocation we use air with reduced [CO2] to simulate drought induced carbon limitation.

Academic Career

since 12/2010

PhD Candidate at MPI for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany


10/2008 - 11/2010

PhD Candidate at Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences (CULS), Prague, Czech Republic


10/2006 - 09/2008

Master of Science (Applied Ecology)


10/2003 - 06/2006

Bachelor of Science (Applied Ecology)


PhD thesis

Title: Plant secondary metabolites and photosynthetic carbon allocation under drought stress conditions

Supervision: Dr. Henrik Hartmann (MPI BGC) and Dr. Sybille Unsicker (MPI CE)


Experiment I - Peppermint and carbon limitation

Experiment II - Peppermint and VOCs


Jakuš R., *Zajíčková L., Cudlín P., . Blaženec M., M. Turčáni, M. Ježík, F. Lieutier, and F. Schlyter. 2011. Landscape-scale Ips typographus attack dynamics: from monitoring plots to GIS-based disturbance models. (doi: 10.3832/ifor0589-004).
Hlásný T., *Zajíčková L., Turčáni M., Holuša J., Sitková Z. 2011. Geographical variability of spruce bark beetle development under climate change in the Czech Republic. Journal of Forest Science 57: 242–249.

* Last name changed to Forkelová from Zajíčková in 2012
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