Host range and specificity of the crayfish plague pathogen: recent advances
Adam Petrusek, at present the professor of ecology at Charles University, Prague, has started his career by studying genetic diversity and ecology of cladocerans (water fleas), especially Daphnia. Already during his PhD studies he included freshwater crayfish among his pet model organisms. His astacology-related research focuses especially in diversity of both native and invasive crayfish species in Europe, their interactions, and on distribution, diversity and impact of the crayfish plague pathogen Aphanomyces astaci. In addition, he is involved in studies of ecology and evolutionary biology of other groups, including amphipods, land snails, and even song birds. He has an international research experience from extended stays in Germany (Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main) and Belgium (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), and maintains intensive collaborations with many institutions across Europe as well as overseas. He is also involved in public outreach, including popularization of aquatic biology and environmental issues in media, and citizen science projects.