Research groups

Aquatic Botany and Microbial Ecology Research Group

Leader of the research group
Boglárka SOMOGYI, PhD, senior research fellow
Group members

0

Gábor BERNÁT, PhD, senior research fellow
Mariann KIS, research fellow
Huan LI, research fellow
Kálmán TAPOLCZAI, research fellow
Viktor TÓTH, PhD, senior research fellow
Lajos VÖRÖS, DSc, professor emeritus

3

Máté BURÁNYI, assistant
Balázs NÉMETH, engineer
Tímea SZABÓ, assistant
Profile of the group

The research group investigates the effect of external and internal nutrient loading on trophic state and nutrient cycling in the continental standing waters, especially regard to the primary production and decomposition trophic levels. The group analyses the bacterial and alga production, the light and nutrition limitation of primary production, as well as the trophic state and ecological quality of standing waters by remote sensing control techniques. The group works on the long-term monitoring of phytoplankton in the Lake Balaton, as well as maintains an isolated algal culture collection from Lake Balaton and other standing waters as a reference for classical and molecular taxonomic investigations. The group studies the distribution, production and ecophysiology of emergent and submerged macrophytes, by means of various methods e.g. physiology, genetics and remote sensing control etc. The group especially carry out exploratory limnological research of extreme and unique standing waters (e.g. soda and saline lakes) in Eurasian scope. These fundamental limnological research includes investigation of role of waterbird population in the nutrient cycling, energy flow and trophic relationships. In the frame of national and international collaboration, the research group also works on ecosystem services survey projects of Eurasian waters by our fundamental limnological databases and diverse expertise.

Selected publications

2014

Pálffy K., Felföldi T., Mentes A., Horváth H., Márialigeti K., Boros E., Vörös L., Somogyi B. (2014):
Extremophiles, 18. pp. 111-119 - IF: 2.203 (2012)

2013

Palmer S C J, Pelevin V V, Goncharenko I, Kovács W A, Zlinszky A, Présing M, Horváth H, Nicolás-Perea V, Balzter H, Tóth VR (2013):
Remote Sensing, 5.(9) pp. 4405-4422 - IF: 2.101 (2012)
Somogyi B., Felföldi T., Solymosi K., Flieger K., Márialigeti K., Böddi B., Vörös L. (2013):
European Journal of Phycology 48. pp. 427-436. - IF: 1.912 (2012)

2012

Keresztes Z. G., Felföldi T., Somogyi B., Székely G., Dragoş N., Márialigeti K., Bartha C., Vörös L. (2012):
Extremophiles, 16. (5) 759-769. - IF: 2.203 (2012)
Tóth VR, Szabó K (2012):
Annales de Limnologie - International Journal of Limnology 48. (2) pp. 241-251. - IF: 0.736 (2012)

2011

Boglárka Somogyi, Tamás Felföldi, Katalin Solymosi, Judit Makk, Zalán Gábor Homonnay, Györgyi Horváth, Erika Turcsi, Béla Böddi, Károly Márialigeti, Lajos Vörös (2011):
Phycologia 50. (1) pp. 1-10. - IF: 2.000 (2011)
Tóth VR, Herodek Sándor (2011):
Annales de Limnologie - International Journal of Limnology 47. (2): pp. 141-150. - IF: 0.93 (2011)
Viktória Üveges, Lajos Vörös, Judit Padisák, Attila W. Kovács (2011):
Hydrobiologia 66. (1): pp. 17-27. - IF: 1.784 (2011)

2018

Dimitris Stratoulias, Heiko Balzter, András Zlinszky, Viktor R. Tóth (2018):
International Journal of Remote Sensing 1-27.
Kovács AW, Tóth VR, Pálffy K (2018):
The effects of interspecific interactions between bloom forming cyanobacteria and Scenedesmus quadricauda (Chlorophyta) on their photophysiology
ACTA BIOLOGICA HUNGARICA 69(2): In press
Monica Pinardi, Mariano Bresciani, Paolo Villa, Ilaria Cazzanig, Alex Laini, Viktor Tóth, Ali Fadel, Martina Austoni, Andrea Lami, Claudia Giardino (2018):
Limnologica - IF: 1.814 (2017)

2017

Boros E, Jurecska L, Tatár E, Vörös L, Kolpakova M (2017):
Chemical composition and trophic state of shallow saline steppe lakes in central Asia (North Kazakhstan)
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 189 (11): p. 546. 189 (11): p. 546-. - IF: 1,711 (2016)
Boros E, V-Balogh K, Vörös L, Horváth Zs (2017):
Multiple extreme environmental conditions of intermittent soda pans in the Carpathian Basin (Central Europe)
Limnologica 62: pp. 38-46 - IF: 1,403 (2016)
P Villa, M Pinardi, VR Tóth, PD Hunter, R Bolpagni, M Bresciani (2017):
Journal of Limnology - IF: 1,725 (2015)
V Pelevin, A Zlinszky, E Khimchenko, VR Toth (2017):
International Journal of Remote Sensing 38 (7), 1967-1982 - IF: 1,640 (2015)

2016

Boros E, Pigniczki Cs, Sápi T, V.-Balogh K, Vörös L, Somogyi B (2016):
Waterbird-mediated Productivity of Two Soda Pans in the Carpathian Basin in Central Europe
Waterbirds 39(4): pp. 388-401. - IF: 0,512 (2015)
Tóth, V.R., Palmer, S.C.J. (2016):
Hydrobiologia 766:293–304 - IF: 2,275 (2014)

2015

Palmer SCJ, Odermatt D, Hunter PD, Brockmann C, Présing M, Balzter H, Tóth VR (2015):
Remote Sensing of Environment 158(1): pp. 441-452. - IF: 6.393 (2014)
Palmer, S.C.J., Hunter, P.D., Lankester, T., Hubbard, S., Spyrakos, E., N. Tyler, A., Présing, M., Horváth, H., Lamb, A., Balzter, H., Tóth, V.R. (2015):
Remote Sensing of Environment 157, 158–169 - IF: 6.393 (2014)
Stratoulias Dimitris, Balzter Heiko, Zlinszky András, Tóth Viktor R (2015):
Remote Sensing of Environment 157: pp. 72-84. - IF: 6.393 (2014)

2014

Boros E., Zs. Horváth, G. Wolfram & L. Vörös (2014):
Salinity and ionic composition of the shallow astatic soda pans in the Carpathian Basin
Annales de Limnologie - International Journal of Limnology 50: pp. 59–69. - IF: 1,042 (2015)
Somogyi, B., L. Vörös, K. Pálffy, Gy. Székely, Cs. Bartha & Zs. Gy. Keresztes (2014):
Extremophiles 18(6): pp. 1075-1084. - IF: 2.174 (2013)

Aquatic Invertebrates and Community Ecology Research Group

Leader of the research group
Dénes SCHMERA, DSc, scientific advisor
Group members

0

Csilla BALOGH, PhD, research fellow
József BÜRGÉS, junior research fellow
Blanka GÁL, PhD, research fellow
Boglárka MÉSZÁROS, PhD, research fellow
Zoltán SERFŐZŐ, PhD, senior research fellow
Ildikó SZIVÁK, PhD, research fellow

1

Attila BOHUS, PhD student (not employed)

3

Mónika TAMÁS, assistant
Profile of the group

1. Diversity and composition of ecological communities
The main objective of the group is to study ecological communities. We focus mostly on freshwater macroinvertebrates. We apply wide variety of approaches (observational and experimental studies, meta-analyses and modelling) and focus on the causes and consequences of patterns in diversity and composition.

2. Human impacts on freshwater biodiversity
We examine the effects of human impacts on freshwater biodiversity. We focus on how the different facets (taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional) and components (alpha and beta) of diversity, as well as the taxonomic- and trait-based community respond to anthropogenic disturbances such as urbanization, pollution or habitat degradation.

3. Research into the success of invasive macroinvertebrates in Lake Balaton
We primarily follow the population dynamics of the invasive dreissenid species in the littoral zone of Lake Balaton at different trophic state. We examine the colonization, food preference and metabolism of the animals using experimental methods on animals collect from natural habitats, on implanted ones and on those kept in aquaria. Considering the role of dreissenids in the food chain of Lake Balaton, we carry out applied research into the use of them as feed in freshwater fish farming

4. Numerical ecology
We deal also with the methodology of community ecology. We are interested in approaches quantifying community-level phenomena such as beta diversity or nestedness, as well as in methodology enumerating functional diversity.

Selected publications

2022

Balogh C, Kobak J, Kovács Z, Serfőző J, Faragó N, Serfőző Z (2022):
BIOGEOCHEMISTRY 158 pp. 91-111.
Balogh C., Serfőző Z., Kobak J (2022):
FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 67 : 4 pp. 619-629.

2021

Árva D., Mozsár A., Barta B., Specziár A., Tóth M., Bohus A., Gál B., Schmera D. (2021):
Ecological Indicators, 125, 107469.

2020

Gál B, Weiperth A, Farkas J, Schmera D (2020):
Biodiversity and Conservation 29(3): pp. 729-745

2019

Gál B, Szivák I, Heino J, Schmera D (2019):
Ecological Indicators 104: pp. 357-364.

2018

Schmera D., Árva D., Boda P., Bódis E., Bolgovics Á., Borics G., Csercsa A., Deák Cs., Krasznai E. Á., Lukács B. A., Mauchart P., Móra A., Sály P., Specziár A., Süveges K., Szivák I., Takács P., Tóth M., Várbíró G., Vojtkó A. E., Erős T. (2018):
Freshwater biology 63: pp. 74-85.

Ecophysiologycal and Environmental Toxicologycal Research Group

Leader of the research group
Zsolt PIRGER, PhD, senior research fellow
Group members

0

Károly ELEKES, DSc, professor emeritus
Anna FELPÉCZI-FARKAS, senior research fellow
János GYŐRI, PhD, senior research fellow
Tibor KISS, DSc, professor emeritus
András KOMÁROMY, PhD, research fellow
Éva MOLNÁR, PhD, research fellow
László MOLNÁR, senior research fellow
Réka SVIGRUHA, research fellow

1

István FODOR, PhD student (not employed)
Zoltán NÉMETH, PhD student (not employed)
Dávid SOMOGYVÁRI, PhD student (not employed)

3

Zita LÁSZLÓ, assistant
Profile of the group

- Chemical characterization of aquatic environment (water body, sediment, phyto- and zooplankton, phyto-and zoobenthos, macrophyton, macro invertebrates, fish) with special attention to the exploration of pollution sources and identification and quantification of pollutants (e.g. pharmaceutical residues, microplastics)
- Monitoring of water quality in rivers and lakes complying with the requirement of the EU Water Framework Directives and database building to follow the changes of physical, chemical and biological parameters of Lake of Balaton as well as Duna and Tisza rivers
- Study of biofilm formation in aquatic environment focusing on the colonization of bacteria on different substrata and the role of their metabolites on the colonization of algae
- Effect of climate change on the nutrient turnover harmonizing with the analyses of biological parameters
- Effect of trace element-enriched or even highly contaminated irrigation waters on the plant cultivation through the soil-plant, plant-human nutrient connections
- Identification of infochemicals emitted by macro- and micro organisms into the freshwater environment applying modern analytical techniques
- Characterization of environmental condition of freshwater and revealing the relevance of the general toxicity of xenobiotics based on the ecotoxicological tests and environmental risk assessment
- Study of physiological effects of toxic materials in aquatic macro invertebrates and fish model organisms. Molecular processes accompanying adaptation to anthropogenic pollution in invertebrates and lower vertebrates

Selected publications

2019

Maasz G, Mayer M, Zrinyi Z, Molnar E, Kuzma M, Fodor I, Pirger Z, Takacs P (2019):
Science of the Total Environment 677:545–555 - IF: 4,6 [D1] (2017)
Mörtl, M. Darvas, B. Vehovszky, Á. Győri, J. Székács, A. (2019):
SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 649: 1137-1143 - IF: 5,589 (2018)

2018

Vehovszky Á, Farkas A, Csikós V, Székács A, Mörtl, M, Győri J (2018):
AQUATIC TOXICOLOGY, Volume 205, December 2018, Pages 148-155 - IF: 3,884 [D1] (2017)

2017

Farkas A, Ács A, Vehovszky Á, Falfusynska H, Stoliar O, Specziár A, Győri J (2017):
SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT 599–600: pp. 760-770. - IF: 4,906 [D1] (2016)

2015

Vehovszky Á, Farkas A, Ács A, Stoliar O, Székács A, Mörtl M, Győri J (2015):
AQUATIC TOXICOLOGY 167: pp. 172-179. (2015) - IF: 3,451

Fish and Conservation Ecology Research Group

Leader of the research group
Tibor ERŐS, DSc, scientific advisor
Group members

0

Bálint BÁNÓ, junior research fellow
István CZEGLÉDI, PhD, research fellow
Attila MOZSÁR, senior research fellow
Gábor ÓNODI, research fellow
Judit PETROVSZKI, PhD, research fellow
Bálint PREISZNER, PhD, research fellow
András SPECZIÁR, DSc, scientific advisor
Péter TAKÁCS, PhD, senior research fellow

3

Ildikó BENEDEK, engineer
Vivien FÜSTÖS, PhD student (not employed)
Profile of the group
 Fish and Conservation Ecology

We examine the biodiversity and organization of freshwater fish assemblages.

Our primary model system are the Danube and Lake Balaton and its catchment, which is affected by a variety of human impacts. The primary focus is to explore the environmental drivers of population dynamics and assemblage organization, and, from an applied perspective, to provide suggestions for environmental managers and conservationists to mitigate human impacts. Specifically, we examine the habitat use, ontogenetic diet patterns, trophic relationships, growth, and survival of fish in Lake Balaton. The main task of the monitoring of the waterbasin’s streams is to follow the distribution of non-native invasive species and to explore their impact on the native fauna. We also examine the organization of fish assemblages in the River Danube and its floodplain system.

Increasing emphasis is given to the study of the diversity and distribution of fish in a regional (country-wide) scale to develop monitoring systems for evaluating environmental health, to base conservation planning actions and to explore the effects of human impacts on freshwater biodiversity in the Pannon Ecoregion.

Selected publications

2020

Czeglédi, I., Kern, B., Tóth, R., Seress, G., & Erős, T. (2020):
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8, 137.
Erős, T., Bányai, Zs., (2020):
Science of The Total Environment (2020): 138441.
Erős, T., Czeglédi, I., Tóth, R., & Schmera, D. (2020):
Science of The Total Environment, 141407.

2019

Erős, T., & Lowe, W. H. (2019):
Current Landscape Ecology Reports, 4(4), 103-112.
Erős, T., Kuehne, L., Dolezsai, A., Sommerwerk, N., & Wolter, C. (2019):
Ecological indicators, 98, 453-461.

2018

Erős T, O’Hanley JR, Czeglédi I (2018):
Journal of Applied Ecology 55(4), 1871-1883. - IF: 5.74

2019

Czeglédi, I., Preiszner, B., Vitál, Z., Kern, B., Boross, N., Specziár, A., Takács, P., Erős, T. (2019):
Hydrobiologia, 846(1), 147-158.
Takács P, Ács A, Bánó B., Czeglédi I., Csaba J., Erős T., Fésűs-Móré M., Preiszner B., Staszny Á., Vitál Z., Weiperth A., Ferincz Á. (2019):
BIOINVASIONS RECORDS - IF: 1.242

2018

Schmera D., Árva D., Boda P., Bódis E., Bolgovics Á., Borics G., Csercsa A., Deák Cs., Krasznai E. Á., Lukács B. A., Mauchart P., Móra A., Sály P., Specziár A., Süveges K., Szivák I., Takács P., Tóth M., Várbíró G., Vojtkó A. E., Erős T. (2018):
Freshwater biology 63: pp. 74-85.
Schmera D., Podani J., Botta-Dukát Z., Erős T. (2018):
Ecological Indicators 85: pp. 853-860.
Specziár András, Árva Diána, Tóth Mónika, Móra Arnold, Schmera Dénes, Várbíró Gábor, Erős Tibor (2018):
Hydrobiologia 819: 123-143. - IF: 2.165
Specziár, A., Árva, D., Tóth, M., Móra, A., Schmera, D., Várbíró, G., Erős, T. (2018):
Hydrobiologia 819: pp. 123–143 - IF: 2,165 (2017)

2017

Erős T, Takács P, Specziár A, Schmera D, Sály P. (2017):
Freshwater Biology 62: pp. 215-228.
Schmera D, Heino J, Podani J, Erős T, Dolédec S, (2017):
Hydrobiologia 787: 27-44.
Specziár A, Turcsányi B. (2017):
Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems 418: article No. 52.
Takács P, Czeglédi I, Ferincz Á, Sály P, Specziár A, Vitál Z, Weiperth A, Erős T (2017):
Hydrobiologia 795(1):1-22 - IF: 2.051 (2016)

2016

Czeglédi I., Sály P., Takács P., Dolezsai A., Nagy S. A., Erős T. (2016):
Aquatic sciences, 78(4), 641-654. - IF: 2.706

2015

Takács P, Erős T, Specziár A, Sály P, Vitál Z, Ferincz Á, Molnár T, Szabolcsi Z, Bíró P, Csoma E (2015):
PloS one, 10(9), e0138640. - IF: 3.057 (2015)

2014

Takács P, Bihari P, Erős T, Specziár A, Szivák I, Bíró P, Csoma E (2014):
PLOS ONE 9:(5) Paper e97278. 14 p. - IF: 3.534 (2013-2014)

2012

T. ERŐS, P. SÁLY, P. TAKÁCS, A. SPECZIÁR, P. BÍRÓ (2012):
Freshwater Biology 57 (9): pp. 1914–1928. - IF: 3.933 (2012)

Zooplankton and Ecological Interactions Research Group

Leader of the research group
Gergely BOROS, PhD, senior research fellow
Group members

0

Nóra Judit BOROSS, junior research fellow
László G-TÓTH, DSc, scientific advisor
Zoltán NOVÁK, research fellow

3

Profile of the group

A basic task of the team is the monitoring of the zooplankton and littoral invertebrate communities in several different standard sampling sites of Lake Balaton. This activity serves the continuous enlargement of the long term datasets concerning to the species composition, individual density, biomass and production of the zooplankton and macroinvertebrates dvelling the littoral zone. Collection of these data started in the early 1930`s making possible the analyses of the direct and indirect impacts of the anthropogenous eutrophycation, the long term fluctuation of the water lewel and the possible climate change on the invertebrate communities. The efficiency of the trophyc relationships between the phytoplankton – zooplankton, and macroinvertebrates – suspended material has been intensively studied in the frame of different research projects.

Zooplankton

Researchers
research fellow
macroinvertebrate species, invasive, monitoring, biodiversity
junior research fellow
morphometric and genetic studies, native and introduced fish species
senior research fellow
algae, cyanobacteria, phytoplankton, bioenergetics, photosynthesis, electron transport, light harvesting, light acclimation, climate change
research group leader, senior research fellow
ecological stoichiometry, mesocosm experiments, nutrient dynamics, freshwater ecosystems
junior research fellow
behavioural ecology, ecophysiolgy
junior research fellow
lateral connectivity, freshwater macroinvertebrates, conservation biology, freshwater ecology, community ecology
research fellow
organization of fish assemblages, invasive species.
professor emeritus
chemoreception, sensory systems, gastropods, plant-animal interaction, behavior, adaptation, chemical-ecology, comparative neurobiology
director, scientific advisor
fish ecology, community ecology, conservation biology, environmental monitoring and assessment
senior research fellow
anthropogenic impact assessment of aquatic habitats, biomonitoring, bioindication, ecotoxicology
Projects

Effects of anthropogenic disturbances on freshwater biodiversity

HU NKFI (K 128496, 2019 - , running project)
Coordinator or leader of the project
Dénes Schmera
Coordinator or leader institution of the project
BLKI
Responsible person at BLKI
Dénes SCHMERA, DSc, scientific advisor
Project (team) members at BLKI

0

Tibor ERŐS, DSc, scientific advisor
András SPECZIÁR, DSc, scientific advisor
Ildikó SZIVÁK, PhD, research fellow
Selected publications

2019

Gál B, Szivák I, Heino J, Schmera D (2019):
Ecological Indicators 104: pp. 357-364.

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HU Research and Technology Innovation Fund (NKP_17, 2017 - 2021, running project)
Coordinator or leader of the project
Tamás FREUND academician, presidet of NAP (Hungarian Brain Research Program)
Coordinator or leader institution of the project
MTA Institute of Experimental Medicine
Responsible person at BLKI
Zsolt PIRGER, PhD, senior research fellow
Project (team) members at BLKI

0

Tibor KISS, DSc, professor emeritus
Réka SVIGRUHA, research fellow

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Events

Second Symposium on Invertebrate Neuroscience

August, 2023

The Symposium will be devoted to the following main topics: adaptive mechanisms, circuits and behaviours, learning and memory, cognitive aging, evolution and development, neuromorphology, visual and chemical sensation. The scientific program will consist of oral communications and poster sessions, and it will also include three or four key-lectures.