Alica Chroňáková

Alica Chroňáková

Born 2nd May, 1972

Soil Scientist

Soil & Water Research Infrastructure

  • Biology Centre CAS
  • Na Sádkách 7, 370 05 České Budějovice
  • Czech Republic

Areas of expertise: Ecology and taxonomy of soil microbial communities (Bacteria and Archaea), ecology of soil actinomycetes and their interactions – inhibitory and resistance, secondary metabolites, studying of functional microbial guilds important in N and C transformation (denitrification, nitrification, methanogenesis, methanotrophy).

Education and Academic Positions

  • 2009 RNDr. - microbiology, University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science, České Budějovice
  • 2009 Ph.D. - ecology, University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science, České Budějovice
  • 2002 – 2016 Biology Centre CAS, Institute of Soil Biology, Na Sádkách 7, 370 05 České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Teaching Interests

  • Co-Supervisor of 4 students of Bc. and M.Sc. degree and 2 Ph.D. degree students
  • KBE/017 – Molecular methods in soil and aquatic microbial ekology
  • KBO/121 – Pyrosequencing practicals (practical help)
  • KBE/020 – Ecology of soil microorganisms (lecturer)

Scientific Activities

List of 10 most important publications with the highest IF
  • Philippot, L., Čuhel, J., Saby, N., Chèneby, D., Chroňáková, A., Bru, D., … & Šimek, M. (2009). Mapping field‐scale spatial patterns of size and activity of the denitrifier community. Environmental Microbiology, 11(6), 1518-1526. IF 4.909
  • Kyselková, M., Kotrbová, L., Bhumibhamon, G., Chroňáková, A., Jirout, J., Vrchotová, N., Schmitt, H., Elhottová, D. (2015) Tetracycline resistance genes persist in soil amended with cattle feces independently from chlortetracycline selection pressure. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 81, 259-265. IF 4.41
  • Petříčková, K., Chroňáková, A., Zelenka, T., Chrudimský, T., Pospíšil, S., Petřícek, M., Krištůfek, V. (2015) Evolution of cyclizing 5-aminolevulinate synthases in the biosynthesis of actinomycete secondary metabolites: outcomes for genetic screening techniques. Frontiers in Microbiology, 6, 1-15. IF 3.9
  • Řeháková, K., Chroňáková, A., Krištůfek, V., Kuchtová, B., Čapková, K., Scharfen, J., Čapek, P., Doležal., J. (2015) Bacterial community of cushion plant Thylacospermum ceaspitosum on elevational gradient in the Himalayan cold desert. Frontiers in Microbiology, 6, 304, 1-16. IF 3.9
  • Bannert, A., Bogen, C., Esperschütz, J., Koubová, A., Buegger, F., Fischer, D., Radl, V., Fuss, R., Chroňáková, A., Elhottová, D., Šimek, M., Schoter, M. (2012) Anaerobic oxidation of methane in grassland soils used for cattle husbandry. Biogeosciences, 9(10), 3891-3899. IF 3.754
  • Petříčková, K., Pospíšil, S., Kuzma, M., Tylová, T., Jágr, M., Tomek, P., Chroňáková, A., Brabcová, e., Anděra, L., Krištůfek, V., Petříček, M. (2014) Biosynthesis of Colabomycin E, a New Manumycin-Family Metabolite, Involves an Unusual Chain-Length Factor. Chembiochem, 15(9), 1334-1345. IF 3.74
  • Bradley, R.L., Chroňáková, A., Elhottová, D., Šimek, M. (2012) Interactions between land-use history and earthworms control gross rates of soil methane production in an overwintering pasture. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 53, 64-71. IF 3.654
  • Kyselková, M., Chrudimský, T., Husník, F., Chroňáková, A., Heuer, H., Smalla, K., & Elhottová, D. (2016). Characterization of tet (Y)-carrying LowGC plasmids exogenously captured from cow manure at a conventional dairy farm. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, fiw075. IF 3.568
  • Mulec, J., Krištůfek, V., Chroňáková, A., Oarga, A., Scharfen, J., Šestauberová, M. (2015) Microbiology of healing mud (fango) from Roman Thermae Aquae Iasae Archaeological Site (Varaždinske Toplice, Croatia). Microbial Ecology, 69(2), 293-306. IF 3.277
  • Šimek, M., Virtanen, S., Simojoki, A., Chroňáková, A., Elhottová, D., Krištůfek, V., Yli-Halla, M. (2014) The microbial communities and potential greenhouse gas production in boreal acid sulphate, non-acid sulphate, and reedy sulphidic soils. Science of the Total Environment, 466, 663-672. IF 3.258


List of 5 most important publications from the years 2010-2016 with IF and number of citations (WoS, without autocitations) which correspond to SoWa research
  • Chroňáková, A., Ascher, J., Jirout, J., Ceccherini, M.T., Elhottová, D., Pietramellara, G., Šimek, M. (2013) Cattle impact on composition of archaeal, bacterial, and fungal communities by comparative fingerprinting of total and extracellular DNA. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 49(3), 351-361. IF 2.505 (WOS citations 8)
  • Chroňáková, A., Schloter-Hai, B., Radl, V., Endesfelder, D., Quince, Ch., Elhottová, D., Šimek, M., Schloter, M. (2015) Response of archaeal and bacterial soil communities to changes associated with outdoor cattle overwintering. PLoS ONE, 10(8), 1-22. IF 3.234 (WOS citations 1)
  • Koubová, A., Goberna, M., Šimek, M., Chroňáková, A., Pižl, V., Insam, H., Elhottová, D. (2012) Effects of the earthworm Eisenia andrei on methanogens in a cattle-impacted soil: A microcosm study. European Journal of Soil Biology, 48, 32-40. IF 1.838 (WOS citations 11)
  • Frouz, J., Livečková, M., Albrechtová, J., Chroňáková, A., Cajthaml, T., Pižl, V., Háněl, L., Starý, J., Baldrian, P., Lhotáková, Z., Šimáčková, H., Cepáková, Š. (2013) Is the effect of trees on soil properties mediated by soil fauna? A case study from post-mining sites. Forest Ecology and Management, 309, 87-95. IF 2.487 (WOS citations 17)
  • Bradley, R.L., Chroňáková, A., Elhottová, D., Šimek, M. (2012) Interactions between land-use history and earthworms control gross rates of soil methane production in an overwintering pasture. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 53, 64-71. IF 3.654 (WOS citations 8)


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