research associate professor
BLI Department of Experimental Zoology
vehovszky.agnes [at] okologia.mta.hu
+36 87 448-244 / 206
Brief description of the main scopes: 

The impact of environmentally concerned xenobiotics (incl. agrochemicals or industrial products, natural metabolites of other organisms, etc.) are studied on selected aquatic invertebrate model animals, which provide sensitive indicators for the harmful effects of bioactive substances.

The potentially toxic effects are identified by functional alterations (physiological, and biochemical modulations) of the model organisms, while the targeted mechanisms are analysed applying a combination of behavioural, neurophysiological and biochemical approach.

Main profile in keywords: 
Invertebrate neurobiology, neurotoxicology, environmental toxicology
Selected publications:


Ágnes Vehovszky, Anna Farkas, Vivien Csikós, András Székács, Mária Mörtl, János Győri (2018): Neonicotinoid insecticides are potential substrates of the multixenobiotic resistance (MXR) mechanism in the non-target invertebrate, Dreissena sp. AQUATIC TOXICOLOGY, Volume 205, December 2018, Pages 148-155


Vehovszky Á, Farkas A, Ács A, Stoliar O, Székács A, Mörtl M, Győri J (2015): Neonicotinoid insecticides inhibit cholinergic neurotransmission in a molluscan (Lymnaea stagnalis) nervous system AQUATIC TOXICOLOGY 167: pp. 172-179. (2015)
Vehovszky Á, Kovács W A, Farkas A, Győri J, Szabó H, Vasas G (2015): Pharmacological studies confirm neurotoxic metabolite(s) produced by the bloom-forming Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii in Hungary ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY 30:(5) pp. 501-512. (2015)



Vehovszky Á, CJH Elliott, EE Voronezhskaya, L Hiripi K Elekes (1998): Octopamine: a new feeding modulator in Lymnaea PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 353: pp. 1631-1643