IEB Experimental Vegetation Ecology Research Group

Profile of the group: 

We investigate how changing climate and land use affect vegetation in the sand region of Kiskunsag, Central Hungary. Research topics include the ecological effect of warming, drying, wildfires, and plant invasion, as well as succession following land abandonment and following the removal of alien tree plantations. Approaches range from descriptive local case studies and long-term monitoring, through lanscape and regional-scale surveys, to complex field experiments.

Selected publications:


Pándi Ildikó, Penksza Károly, Botta-Dukát Zoltán, Kröel-Dulay György (2014): People move but cultivated plants stay: abandoned farmsteads support the persistence and spread of alien plants BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION 23:(5) p. 1289-1302. (2014)
Szitár K, Ónodi G, Somay L, Pándi I, Kucs P, Kröel-Dulay Gy (2014): Recovery of inland sand dune grasslands following the removal of alien pine plantation BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION 171: pp. 52-60. (2014)


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.
Markó G, Ónodi Gábor, Kertész Miklós, Altbäcker Vilmos (2011): Rabbit grazing as the major source of intercanopy heterogeneity in a juniper shrubland ARID LAND RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT 25:(2) pp. 176-193.


Penuelas J, Prieto P, Beier C, Cesaraccio C, de Angelis P, de Dato G, Emmett B A, Estiarte M, Garadnai János, Gorissen A, Kovács-Láng Edit, Kröel-Dulay György, Llorens L, Pellizzaro G, Riis-Nielsen T, Schmidt I K, Sirca C, Sowerby A, Spano D, Tietema A (2007): Response of plant species richness and primary productivity in shrublands along a north-south gradient in Europe to seven years of experimental warming and drought: reductions in primary productivity in the heat and drought year of 2003 Global Change Biology 13: 2563-2581.