MTA ÖK Lendület Ecosystem Services Research Group

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The destruction of biodiversity causes considerable threat on ecosystem services for human well-being. The aim of our research is to discover the ecological background of some important ecosystem services, evaluation in European context, and to provide the development of a sustainable habitat and land use at both international and national level. Our studies focus mainly to pollination, insect and seed predation, soil decomposition in the function of local and landscape factors, considering also the effects of invasive plant species. We plan to upscale our results by application of national databases or international collaborations. Finally, based on the synthesis of different patterns of ecosystem services and interdisciplinary cooperations we aim to provide widescale proposals to conservation biology.

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Mihók B, Biró M, Molnár Zs, Kovács E, Bölöni J, Erős T, Standovár T, Török P, Csorba G, Margóczi K, Báldi A (2017): Biodiversity on the waves of history: conservation in a changing social and institutional environment in Hungary, a post-soviet EU member state. Biological Conservation. 211: 67-75 More ››


Földesi, Rita; Kovács-Hostyánszki, Anikó; Kőrösi, Ádám; Somay, László; Elek, Zoltan; Marko, Viktor; Sárospataki, Miklós; Bakos, Réka; Varga, Ákos; Nyisztor, Katinka; Báldi, András (2016): Relationships between wild bees, hoverflies and pollination success in apple orchards with different landscape contexts Agricultural and Forest Entomology 18: 68-75. More ››
Joël Amossé, Klára Dózsa-Farkas, Gergely Boros, Guy Rochat, Gauthier Sandoz, Bertrand Fournier, Edward A.D. Mitchell, Renée-Claire Le Bayon (2016): Patterns of earthworm, enchytraeid and nematode diversity and community structure in urban soils of different ages. European Journal of Soil Biology 73: 46-58. More ››


Barbara Mihók, Eszter Kovács, Bálint Balázs, György Pataki, András Ambrus, Dénes Bartha, Zoltán Czirák, Sándor Csányi, Péter Csépányi, Mónika Csőszi, György Dudás, Csaba Egri, Tibor Erős, Szilvia Gőri, Gergő Halmos, Annamária Kopek, Katalin Margóczi, Gábor Miklay, László Milon, László Podmaniczky, János Sárvári, András Schmidt, Kata lin Sipos, Viktória Siposs, Tibor Standovár, Csaba Szigetvári, László Szemethy, Balázs Tóth, László Tóth, Péter Tóth, Katalin Török, Péter Török, Csaba Vadász, Ildik (2015): Bridging the research-practice gap: conservation research priorities in a Central and Eastern European country JOURNAL FOR NATURE CONSERVATION 28: 133-148. More ››
Bereczki, K., Hajdu, K., Báldi, A. (2015): Effects of forest edge on pest control service provided by birds in fragmented temperate forests Acta Zoologica Scientiarum Hungaricae 61(3): 289-304. More ››
Díaz S., Sebsebe D., Báldi A., Pataki Gy., et al. (84 authors) (2015): The IPBES Conceptual Framework: connecting nature and people Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 14: 1-16. More ››
Fenesi, A., Vágási, C.I., Beldean, M., Földesi, R., Kolcsár, L-P., Shapiro, J.T., Török, E., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A (2015): Solidago canadensis impacts on native plant and pollinator communities in different-aged old fields. Basic and Applied Ecology, 6, 335-346. More ››
Kleijn D, Scheper J, Báldi A, Westphal C. et al. (58 authors) (2015): Delivery of crop pollination services is an insufficient argument for wild pollinator conservation Nature Communications 6: Paper 7414. (2015) More ››
Kovács Eszter, Kelemen Eszter, Kalóczkai Ágnes, Margóczi Katalin, Pataki György, Gébert Judit, Málovics György, Balázs Bálint, Roboz Ágnes, Krasznai Kovács Eszter, Mihók Barbara (2015): Understanding the links between ecosystem service trade-offs and conflicts in protected areas ECOSYSTEM SERVICES: SCIENCE, POLICY AND PRACTICE 12: pp. 117-127. More ››
Merk Ottó, Grabant Aranka, Soltész Zoltán (2015): Type catalogue of darkling beetles (Tenebrionidae) preserved in the Hungarian Natural History Museum Budapest: Hungarian Natural History Museum, 2015. 735 p. (ISBN:978-963-9877-23-8) More ››


Bereczki, K., Ódor, P., Csóka, Gy., Mag, Zs., Báldi, A. (2014): Effects of forest heterogeneity on the efficiency of caterpillar control service provided by birds in temperate oak forests. Forest Ecology and Management 327: 96-105. More ››
Clough Yann, Ekroos Johan, Báldi András, Batáry Péter, Bommarco Riccardo, Gross Nicolas, Holzschuh Andrea, Hopfenmüller Sebastian, Knop Eva, Kuussaari Mikko, Lindborg Regina, Marini Lorenzo, Öckinger Erik, Potts Simon, Poyry Juha, Roberts Stuart, Steffan-Dewenter Ingolf, Smith Henrik (2014): Density of insect-pollinated grassland plants decreases with increasing surrounding land-use intensity Ecology Letters 17(9): pp. 1168-1177. More ››
Hanspach J, Hartel T, Milcu A, Mikulcak F, Dorresteijn I, Loos J, von Wehrden H, Kuemmerle T, Abson D, Kovács-Hostyánszki A, Báldi A, Fischer F (2014): A holistic approach to studying social-ecological systems and its application to Southern Transylvania ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY 19:(4) Paper 32. (2014) More ››
Lüscher G, Jeanneret P, Schneider MK, Turnbull LA, Arndorfer M, Balázs K, Báldi A, Bailey D, Bernhardt KG, Choisis J-P, Elek Z, Frank T, Friedel JK, Kainz M, Kovács-Hostyánszki A, Oschatz M-L, Paoletti MG, Papaja-Hülsbergen S, Sarthou J-P, Siebrecht N, Wolfrum S, Herzog F (2014): Responses of plants, earthworms, spiders and bees to geographic location, agricultural management and surrounding landscape in European arable fields AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT 186: pp. 124-134. (2014) More ››
Pe'er G, Dicks L V, Visconti P, Arlettaz R, Báldi A, Benton T G, Collins S, Dieterich M, Gregory R D, Hartig F, Henle K, Hobson P R, Kleijn D, Neumann R K, Robijns T, Schmidt J, Shwartz A, Sutherland W J, Turbé A, Wulf F, Scott A V (2014): EU agricultural reform fails on biodiversity Science 344: 1090-1092 More ››
Schneider M, Lüscher G, Jeanneret P, Arndorfer M, Ammari Y, Bailey D, Balázs K, Báldi A, Choisis J-P, Dennis P, Eiter S, Fjellstad W, Fraser M, Frank T, Jürgen F, Garchi S, Geijzendorffer I, Gomiero T, Gonzales-Bornay G, Hector A, Jerkovich G, Jongman R, Kakudidi E, Kainz M, Kovács-Hostyánszki A, Moreno G, Nkwiine C, Opio J, Oschatz M-L, Paoletti M, Pointereau P, Pulido F, Sarthou J-P, Siebrecht N, Sommaggio D, Turnbull LA, Wolfrum S, Herzog F (2014): Gains to species diversity in organically farmed fields are not propagated at the farm level Nature COMMUNICATIONS 5: Paper 4151. (2014) More ››


Báldi András, Batáry Péter, Kleijn David (2013): Effects of grazing and biogeographic regions on grassland biodiversity in Hungary - analysing assemblages of 1200 species Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 166: 28-34. More ››
Kovács-Hostyánszki A, Elek Zoltán, Balázs K, Centeri Csaba, Falusi E, Jeanneret J, Penksza Károly, Podmaniczky László, Szalkovszki O, Báldi András (2013): Earthworms, spiders and bees as indicators of habitat quality and management in a low-input farming region - A whole farm approach Ecological Indicators, 33: - 120. More ››
Kovács-Hostyánszki A, Haenke S, Batáry Péter, Jauker B, Báldi András, Tscharntke T, Holzschuch A (2013): Contrasting effects of mass-flowering crops on bee pollination of hedge plants at different spatial and temporal scales Ecological Applications 23(8): pp. 1938-46. More ››


Kovács-Hostyánszki Anikó, Báldi András (2012): Set-aside fields in agri-environment schemes can replace the market-driven abolishment of fallows Biological Conservation, 152: pp. 196-203. More ››


Báldi András, Batáry Péter (2011): The past and future of farmland birds in Hungary Bird Study, 58: 365-377. More ››
Kovács-Hostyánszki A, Kőrösi A, Orci KM, Batáry Péter, Báldi András (2011): Set-aside promotes insect and plant diversity in a Central European country Agriculture, Ecosystem and Environment, 141, 296-301. More ››