MTA ÖK Lendület Landscape and Conservation Ecology Research Group

Profile of the group: 

Both agricultural intensification and urbanisation result in habitat degradation, which negatively affects
biodiversity and ecosystem functions. Biodiversity conservation cannot rely on protected areas alone, as sustainable conservation requires strategies for managing whole landscapes including agricultural and urban areas. Thus species persistence in human-altered landscapes can depend on factors operating at multiple spatial scales. At the landscape scale, however, it is necessary to differentiate between two major types of landscape structure, the landscape compositional heterogeneity and the landscape configurational heterogeneity, in order to better inform nature conservation policies. The overall aim of this research proposal is to understand how the complexity of landscape structure shapes biodiversity patterns and associated ecosystem functions and services. This project will investigate the contribution of major land-use types (arable, grassland, forest, urban area) to the biodiversity and provision of ecosystem functions considering species traits. The results will be evaluated in a wider socioeconomic context. The project will give a momentum to the emerging landscape-scale conservation ecology research in Hungary with articles published in top ecological and multidisciplinary journals, as well as, with strong relevance for nature conservation and environmental policy.

Selected publications: 


Gallé, R., Happe A.K., Baillod, A., Tscharntke, T., Batáry P. (2019): Landscape configuration, organic management, and within-field position drive functional diversity of spiders and carabids. J Appl Ecol. 2019;56:63–72. More ››
Gayer, C., Kurucz, K., Fischer, C., Tscharntke, T., Batáry, P. (2019): Agricultural intensification at local and landscape scales impairs farmland birds, but not skylarks (Alauda arvensis) Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 277 (2019) 21-24 More ››
Grass, I, Loos, J, Baensch, S, Batary, P., Librán-Embid, F., Ficiciyan, A., Klaus, F., Riechers, M., Rosa, J., Tiede, J., Udy, K., Westphal, C., Wurz, A., Tscharntke, T. (2019): Land‐sharing/‐sparing connectivity landscapes for ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation People Nat. 2019; 00: 1– 11. More ››
Hass, A., Brachmann, L., Batáry, P., Clough, Y., Behling, H. & Tscharntke, T. (2019): Maize-dominated landscapes reduce bumble bee colony growth through pollen diversity loss Journal of Applied Ecology 56(2): pp. 294-304 More ››
Kupsch, D., Vendras, E., Ocampo-Ariza, C., Batáry, P., Motombi, F. N., Bobo, K. S. & Waltert, M. (2019): High critical forest habitat thresholds of native bird communities in Afrotropical agroforestry landscapes Biological Conservation (230): pp. 20-28 More ››
Loos, J., Batáry, P., Grass, I., Westphal, C., Bänsch, S., Bosem Baillod, A., Hass, A., Rosa, J. & Tscharntke, T. (2019): Vulnerability of ecosystem services in farmland depends on landscape management In: Schröter, M., Bonn, A., Klotz, S., Seppelt, R. & Baessler, C. (eds.) Atlas of ecosystem services - drivers, risks, and societal responses. Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp. 91-96. More ››
Rossetti, M. R., Rösch, V., Videla, M., Tscharntke, T., Batáry P. (2019): Insect and plant traits drive local and landscape effects on herbivory in grassland fragments Ecosphere 10( 5) More ››
Torma, A., Császár, P., Bozsó, M., Deák, B., Valkó, O., Kiss, O. & Gallé, R. (2019): Species and functional diversity of arthropod assemblages (Araneae, Carabidae, Heteroptera and Orthoptera) in grazed and mown salt grasslands Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment (273): pp. 70-79 More ››


Batáry, P., Kurucz, K., Suarez-Rubio, M. and Chamberlain, D. (2018): Non-linearities in bird responses across urbanisation gradients: a meta-analysis. Global Change Biology 24: 1046–1054. More ››
Darras, K., Batáry, P., Furnas, B.J., Celis-Murillo, A., Van Wilgenburg, S., Mulyani, Y.A. & Tscharntke, T. (2018): Comparing the sampling performance of sound recorders versus point counts in bird surveys: a meta-analysis ournal of Applied Ecology 55: pp. 2575–2586 More ››
Fischer, C., Gayer, C., Kurucz, K., Riesch, F., Tscharntke, T. & Batáry, P. (2018): Ecosystem services and disservices provided by small rodents in arable fields: effects of local and landscape management Journal of Applied Ecology 55: 548-558. More ››
Happe, A.-K., Riesch, F., Rösch, V., Gallé, R., Tscharntke, T. & Batáry, P. (2018): Small-scale agricultural landscapes and organic management support wild bee communities of cereal field boundaries Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 254: 92-98. More ››
Hass, A.L., Kormann, U.G., Tscharntke, T., Clough, Y., Baillod, A.B., Sirami, C., Fahrig, L., Martin, J.-L., Baudry, J., Bertrand, C., Bosch, J., Brotons, L., Burel, F., Georges, R., Giralt, D., Marcos-García, M.Á., Ricarte, A., Siriwardena, G. & Batáry, P. (2018): Landscape configurational heterogeneity by small-scale agriculture, not crop diversity, maintains pollinators and plant reproduction in Western Europe Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 285: 20172242. More ››
Karp, D. et al. (154 Authors) (2018): Crop pests and predators exhibit inconsistent responses to surrounding landscape composition Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 33: E7863–E7870 More ››
Marja, R., Viik, E., Mänd, M., Phillips, J., Klein, A.-M. & Batáry, P. (2018): Crop rotation and agri-environment schemes determine bumblebee communities via flower resources Journal of Applied Ecology 55: 1714-1724. More ››
Winter, S., Bauer, T., Strauss, P., Kratschmer, S., Paredes D., Popescu, D., Landa, B., Guzmán, G., Gómez, J.A., Guernion, M., Zaller J.G. and Batáry, P. (2018): Effects of vegetation management intensity on biodiversity and ecosystem services in vineyards: a meta-analysis. Journal of Applied Ecology 55: 2484–2495. More ››


Batáry, P., Gallé, R., Riesch, F., Fischer, C., Dormann, C.F., Musshoff, O., Császár P., Fusaro, S., Gayer, C., Happe, A.-K., Kurucz, K., Molnár, D., Rösch, V., Wietzke, A. and Tscharntke, T. (2017): The former iron curtain still drives biodiversity-profit trade-offs in German agriculture. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1: 1279–1284. More ››
Ernst, L.M., Tscharntke, T. & Batáry, P. (2017): Grassland management in agricultural vs. forested landscapes drives butterfly and bird diversity. Biological Conservation 216: 51–59. More ››