DRI Classical and Molecular Phycological Research Group

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The research group is conducting research on planktonic and benthic algae in the Danube River Basin, studying the effects of dynamic water regime, various hydrological events, local and global disturbances, and climate change on the structure and functioning of these communities. Diatoms are one of the most important algae groups of aquatic ecosystems. We study their autecology, morpho- and molecular taxonomy, trait-based and colonization dynamics in running and standing waters (especially the Danube, Fertő, Lake Velencei and Balaton). These results support the applied research as well helping the water and environmental policy-decisions.

The research group focuses on Szigetköz, one of the most important Hungarian branch systems of the Danube, where our group investigates the relationships between functional patterns and environmental variables through the study of functional traits as proxies for adaptation strategies. In order to better understand and interpret current changes, the Group also considers it important to learn about hydrological changes of the past, which can help local changes in the Carpathian Region due to the expected global warming processes in the 21st century. Based on high-resolution diatom studies in the Great Plain, Middle and High Mountain Lakes, we primarily reconstruct water levels, pH and phosphorus content, and intensity of changes on an annual, decade, century, and millennium scale, looking for when rapid transitions occurred.

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Ács, Éva ; Földi, Angéla ; Vad, Csaba Ferenc ; Trábert, Zsuzsa ; Kiss, Keve Tihamér ; Duleba, Mónika ; Borics, Gábor ; Grigorszky, István ; Botta-Dukát, Zoltán (2019): Trait-based community assembly of epiphytic diatoms in saline astatic ponds: a test of the stress-dominance hypothesis. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS 9 : 1 Paper: 15749


Angéla Földi, Éva Ács , István Grigorszky, Luc Ector, Carlos Eduardo Wetzel, Gábor Várbíró, Keve Tihamér Kiss, Péter Dobosy, Zsuzsa Trábert, Andrea K. Borsodi, Mónika Duleba (2018): Unexpected consequences of bombing. Community level response of epiphytic diatoms to environmental stress in a saline bomb crater pond area PLOS ONE, URL:| https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0205343


Kahlert M, Ács É, Almeida SFP, Blanco S, Dreßler M, Ector L, Karjalainen SM, Liess A, Mertens A, van der Wal J, Vilbaste S (2016): Quality assurance of diatom counts in Europe: towards harmonized datasets HYDROBIOLOGIA 772: pp. 1-14.


Duleba Mónika, Ector Luc, Horváth Zsófia, Kiss Keve Tihamér, Molnár Levente Farkas, Pohner Zsuzsanna, Szilágyi Zsuzsa, Tóth Bence, Vad Csaba Ferenc, Várbíró Gábor, Ács Éva (2014): Biogeography and Phylogenetic Position of a Warm-stenotherm Centric Diatom, Skeletonema potamos (C.I. Weber) Hasle and its Long-term Dynamics in the River Danube Protist 165:(5) pp. 715-729.


Kiss Keve T, Genkal Sergei I, Ector Luc, Molnár Levente, Duleba Mónika, Bíró Péter, Ács Éva. (2013): Morphology, taxonomy and distribution of Stephanodiscus triporus (Bacillariophyceae) and related taxa. European Journal of Phycology 48(4): pp. 363-379.
2016 - 2020 Sustainable use of ecosystem services - research for mitigating the negative effect of climate change, land use change and biological invasion (GINOP–2.3.2–15–2016–00019 - András BÁLDI, DSc, member of the Academia Europaea)