GINOP Sustainable Ecosystems Group
IEB Department of Terrestrial Ecology
deputy of director-general, scientific advisor
botta-dukat.zoltan [at] okologia.mta.hu
+36 28 360-122, 360-147 / 138
Brief description of the main scopes: 

Research topics in nutshell:
Assembly Rules: studying trait based assembly rules by comparing observed functional diversity to random references; identifying traits influenced by environmental filtering and competition

Biological invasion: pattern of plant invasion in Hungary; studying invasiveness by comparative ecological and experimental methods.

Phytosociology: syntaxonomical revision of Molinietalia meadows, development of Hungarian Phytosociological Database

Development new methods for data analysis: functional diversity, fidelity, co-occurrence based niche-width, validation of classification, semi-supervised classification.

PhD supervising:


University textbooks:

Main profile in keywords: 
assembly rules, biological invasion, phytosociology, data analysis
Selected publications: 



Ónodi G, Kertész M, Kovács-Láng E, Ódor P, Botta-Dukát Z, Lhotsky B, Barabás S, Mojzes A, Kröel-Dulay G (2017): Estimating aboveground herbaceous plant biomass via proxies: The confounding effects of sampling year and precipitation Ecological Indicators 79:355-360 More ››
Somodi I, Lepesi N, Botta-Dukát Z (2017): Prevalence dependence in model goodness measures with special emphasis on true skill statistics Ecology and Evolution 7(3): 863-872 More ››
Somogyi B, Pálffy K, V.-Balogh K, Botta-Dukát Z, Vörös L (2017): Unusual behaviour of phototrophic picoplankton in turbid waters PLOS ONE 12: Paper e017431 More ››
Willner W, Kuzemko A, Dengler J, Chytrý M, Bauer N, Becker T, Biţă-Nicolae C, Botta-Dukát Z, Čarni A, Csiky J, Igić R, Kącki Z, Korotchenko I, Kropf M, Krstivojević-Ćuk M, Krstonošić D, Rédei T, Ruprecht E, Schratt-Ehrendorfer L, Semenishchenkov Y, Stančić Z, Vashenyak Y, Vynokurov D, Janišová M (2017): A higher‐level classification of the Pannonian and western Pontic steppe grasslands (Central and Eastern Europe) Applied Vegetation Science 20(1): 143-158. More ››


Chytrý M, Hennekens SM, Jiménez-Alfaro B, Knollová I, Dengler J, Jansen F, Landucci F, Schaminée JH, Aćić S, Agrillo E, Ambarli D, Angelini P, Apostolova I, Attorre F, Berg C, Bergmeier E, Biurrun I, Botta-Dukát Z, Brisse H, Campos JA, Carlón L, Čarni A, Casella L, Csiky J, Ćušterevska R, Dajić Stevanović Z, Danihelka J, De Bie E, de Ruffray P, De Sanctis M, Dickoré WB, Dimopoulos P, Dubyna D, Dziuba T, Ejrnæs R, Ermakov N, Ewald J, Fanelli G, Fernández-González F, Fitzpatrick Ú, Font X, García (2016): European Vegetation Archive (EVA): An integrated database of European vegetation plots APPLIED VEGETATION SCIENCE 19(1): 173-180. More ››


De Cáceres M, Chytrý M, Agrillo E, Attorre F, Botta-Dukát Z, Capelo J, Czúcz B, Dengler J, Ewald J, Faber-Langendoen D, Feoli E, Franklin SB, Gavilán R, Gillet F, Jansen F, Jiménez-Alfaro B, Krestov P, Landucci F, Lengyel A, Loidi J, Mucina L, Peet RK, Roberts DW, Roleček J, Schaminée JH, Schmidtlein S, Theurillat J-P, Tichý L, Walker DA, Wildi O, Willner W, Wiser SK (2015): A comparative framework for broad-scale plot-based vegetation classification Applied Vegetation Science 18(4):. 543-560 More ››


Pinke G, Csiky J, Mesterházy A, Tari L, Pál RW, Botta-Dukát Z & Czúcz B (2014): The impact of management on weeds and aquatic plant communities in Hungarian rice crops. Weed Research 54: 388–397 More ››
Pinke Gy., Tóth K.; Kovács J. A., Milics G.; Varga Z., Blazsek K., Gál K. E & Botta-Dukát, Z. (2014): Use of mesotrione and tembotrione herbicides for post-emergence weed control in alkaloid poppy (Papaver somniferum) International Journal of Pest Management 60: 187-195 More ››
Tichý L., Chytrý M., Botta-Dukát Z. (2014): Semi-supervised classification of vegetation: preserving the good old units and searching for new ones Journal of Vegetation Science 25: 1504–1512 More ››


Heger T, Pahl A T, Botta-Dukát Z, Gherardi F Hoppe C, Hoste I, Jax K, Lindström L, Boets P, Haider S, Kollmann J, Wittmann MJ, Jeschke JM (2013): Conceptual Frameworks and Methods for Advancing Invasion Ecology AMBIO 42(5): 527-540 More ››
Ódor P, Szurdoki E, Botta-Dukát Z, Papp B (2013): Spatial pattern and temporal dynamics of bryophyte assemblages in saline grassland Folia Geobotanica 48(2): 189-207 More ››
Pál RW, Csete S, Botta-Dukát Z, Pinke Gy (2013): Composition and Diversity of Lawn Flora in Differently Managed Village Yards – A Case Study from Southwestern Hungary Folia Geobotanica 48(2): 209-227 More ››
Pal RW, Pinke Gy, Botta-Dukát Z, Campetella G, Bartha S, Kalocsai R, Lengyel A (2013): Can management intensity be more important than environmental factors? A case study along an extreme elevation gradient from central Italian cereal fields Plant Biosystems 147(2): 343-353 More ››
Pinke Gy, Karácsony P, Botta-Dukát Z, Czúcz B (2013): Relating Ambrosia artemisiifolia and other weeds to the management of Hungarian sunflower crops Journal of Pest Science 86(3): 621-631 More ››


Czúcz B, Molnár Zs, Horváth F, Nagy Gergő G, Botta-Dukát Z, Török K (2012): Using the natural capital index framework as a scalable aggregation methodology for local and regional biodiversity indicators Journal for Nature Conservation 20(3):144-152. More ››
Fenesi A, Botta-Dukát Z (2012): Phenotypic divergences induced by different residence time in invasive common ragweeds Journal of Plant Ecology 5(2): 174-181. More ››
Lengyel A, Csiky J, Botta-Dukát Z (2012): How do locally infrequent species influence numerical classification? A simulation study Community Ecology 13(1): 64-71 More ››
Pinke Gy, Karácsony P, Czúcz B, Botta-Dukát Z, Lengyel A (2012): The influence of environment, management and site context on species composition of summer arable weed vegetation in Hungary Applied Vegetation Science 15(1): 136–144 More ››


Bölöni J, Botta-Dukát Z, Illyés E, Molnár Zs (2011): Hungarian landscape types: classification of landscapes based on the relative cover of (semi-) natural habitats - Applied Vegetation Science (14): 537-546. More ››
Campetella G, Botta-Dukát Z, Wellstein C, Canullo R, Gatto S, Chelli S, Mucina L, Bartha S (2011): Patterns of trait-environment relationships along a forest succession chronosequence Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 145(1): 38–48 More ››
Fenesi A, Rédei T, Botta-Dukát Z (2011): Hard traits of three Bromus species in their source area explain their current invasive success Acta Oecologica 37:441-448 More ››
Lellei-Kovács E, Kovács-Láng E, Botta-Dukát Z, Kalapos T, Emmett B, Beier C (2011): Thresholds and interactive effects of soil moisture on the temperature response of soil respiration. European Journal of Soil Biology 47:247-255. More ››
Pinke Gy, Karácsony P, Czúcz B, Botta-Dukát Z (2011): Determining the importance of environmental and land-use variables for the abundance of Ambrosia artemisiifolia in arable fields of Hungary Preslia 83: 219-235 More ››
Pinke Gy, Pál R W, Tóth K, Karácsony P, Czúcz B, Botta-Dukát Z (2011): Weed vegetation of poppy (Papaver somniferum) fields in Hungary: effects of management and environmental factors on species composition Weed Research 51: 621–630 More ››


Tichý L, Chytrý M, Hájek M, Talbot S, Botta-Dukát Z (2010): OptimClass: Using species-to-cluster fidelity to determine the optimal partition in classification of ecological communities Journal of Vegetation Science 21: 287-299 More ››


Illyés E, Bauer N, Botta-Dukát Z (2009): Classification of semi-dry grassland vegetation in Hungary Preslia 81: 239-260. More ››
Walther G-R, Roques A, Hulme, Ph E, Sykes M T, Pysek P, Kühn I, Zobel M, Bacher S, Botta-Dukát Z, Bugmann H, Czúcz B, Dauber J, Hickler T, Jarošík V, Kenis M, Klotz S, Minchin D, Moora M, Nentwig W, Ott J, Panov V E, Reineking B, Robinet Ch, Semenchenko V, Solarz W, Thuiller W, Vilà M, Vohland K, Settele J (2009): Alien species in a warmer world - risks and opportunities. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24:686-693. More ››


Botta-Dukát Zoltán (2008): Invasion of alien species to Hungarian (semi-)natural habitats Acta Botanica Hungarica 50(Suppl.): 219-227 More ››
Lájer K, Botta-Dukát Z, Csiky J, Horváth F, Szmorad F, Bagi I, Dobolyi ZK, Hahn I, Kovács J A, Rédei T (2008): Hungarian Phytosociological database (COENODATREF): sampling methodology, nomenclature and its actual stage. Annali di Botanica nuova series 7: 197-201. More ››
Lellei-Kovács E, Kovács-Láng E, Kalapos T, Botta-Dukát Z, Barabás S, Beier C (2008): Experimental warming does not enhance soil respiration in a semiarid temperate forest-steppe ecosystem. Community Ecology 9:29-37. More ››


Botta-Dukát Z, Kovács-Láng E, Rédei T, Kertész M, Garadnai J (2007): Statistical and biological consequences of preferential sampling in phytosociology: theoretical considerations and a case study Folia Geobotanica 42: 141-152 More ››
Ruprecht E, Bartha S, Botta-Dukát Z, Szabó A (2007): Assembly rules during old-field succession in two contrasting environments. Community Ecology 8: 31-40. More ››


Botta-Dukát Z, Chytrý M, Hájková P, Havlová M (2005): Vegetation of lowland wet meadows along a climatic continentality gradient in Central Europe. Preslia 77: 89-111. More ››



Török K, Botta-Dukát Z, Dancza I, Németh I, Kiss J, Mihály B, Magyar D (2003): Invasion Gateways and Corridors in the Carpathian Basin: Biological Invasions in Hungary. Biological Invasions 5:349-356 More ››


Chytrý M, Tichý L, Holt J, Botta-Dukát Z (2002): Determination of diagnostic species with statistical fidelity measures. Journal of Vegetation Science 13:79-90. More ››


Molnár Zs, Botta-Dukát Z (1998): Improved space-for-time substitution for hypothesis generation: secondary grasslands with documented site history in SE-Hungary. Phytocoenologia 28: 1-29. More ››