The Institute of Botany SAS plays a key role in research of the biota from the viewpoint of evolutionary systematics, phylogeography, phytosociology, ecology, population genetics, chorology and physiology in Slovakia. Our research objects are mainly naturally growing cryptogams (cyanobacteria, algae and fungi), and vascular plants and their communities, including invasive, non-native and culture species. The Institute also carries out zoological research, mostly invertebrates and fish. The research area covers the Carpathians and adjacent Pannonia as well as the distribution ranges of model groups (e.g. the Alps, the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, America and Asia).