BLI General Limnology Research Team

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The research group investigates the effect of external and internal nutrient loading on trophic state and nutrient cycling in the continental standing waters, especially regard to the primary production and decomposition trophic levels. The group analyses the bacterial and alga production, the light and nutrition limitation of primary production, as well as the trophic state and ecological quality of standing waters by remote sensing control techniques. The group works on the long-term monitoring of phytoplankton in the Lake Balaton, as well as maintains an isolated algal culture collection from Lake Balaton and other standing waters as a reference for classical and molecular taxonomic investigations. The group studies the distribution, production and ecophysiology of emergent and submerged macrophytes, by means of various methods e.g. physiology, genetics and remote sensing control etc. The group especially carry out exploratory limnological research of extreme and unique standing waters (e.g. soda and saline lakes) in Eurasian scope. These fundamental limnological research includes investigation of role of waterbird population in the nutrient cycling, energy flow and trophic relationships. In the frame of national and international collaboration, the research group also works on ecosystem services survey projects of Eurasian waters by our fundamental limnological databases and diverse expertise.

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Dimitris Stratoulias, Heiko Balzter, András Zlinszky, Viktor R. Tóth (2018): A comparison of airborne hyperspectral-based classifications of emergent wetland vegetation at Lake Balaton, Hungary International Journal of Remote Sensing 1-27. More ››
Kovács AW, Tóth VR, Pálffy K (2018): The effects of interspecific interactions between bloom forming cyanobacteria and Scenedesmus quadricauda (Chlorophyta) on their photophysiology ACTA BIOLOGICA HUNGARICA 69(2): In press More ››
Monica Pinardi, Mariano Bresciani, Paolo Villa, Ilaria Cazzanig, Alex Laini, Viktor Tóth, Ali Fadel, Martina Austoni, Andrea Lami, Claudia Giardino (2018): Spatial and temporal dynamics of primary producers in shallow lakes as seen from space: intra-annual observations from Sentinel-2A Limnologica More ››


Boros E, Jurecska L, Tatár E, Vörös L, Kolpakova M (2017): Chemical composition and trophic state of shallow saline steppe lakes in central Asia (North Kazakhstan) Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 189 (11): p. 546. 189 (11): p. 546-. More ››
Boros E, V-Balogh K, Vörös L, Horváth Zs (2017): Multiple extreme environmental conditions of intermittent soda pans in the Carpathian Basin (Central Europe) Limnologica 62: pp. 38-46 More ››
P Villa, M Pinardi, VR Tóth, PD Hunter, R Bolpagni, M Bresciani (2017): Remote sensing of macrophyte morphological traits: implications for the management of shallow lakes Journal of Limnology More ››


Boros E, Pigniczki Cs, Sápi T, V.-Balogh K, Vörös L, Somogyi B (2016): Waterbird-mediated Productivity of Two Soda Pans in the Carpathian Basin in Central Europe Waterbirds 39(4): pp. 388-401. More ››


Palmer SCJ, Odermatt D, Hunter PD, Brockmann C, Présing M, Balzter H, Tóth VR (2015): Satellite remote sensing of phytoplankton phenology in Lake Balaton using 10 years of MERIS observations Remote Sensing of Environment 158(1): pp. 441-452. More ››
Palmer, S.C.J., Hunter, P.D., Lankester, T., Hubbard, S., Spyrakos, E., N. Tyler, A., Présing, M., Horváth, H., Lamb, A., Balzter, H., Tóth, V.R. (2015): Validation of Envisat MERIS algorithms for chlorophyll retrieval in a large, turbid and optically-complex shallow lake. Remote Sensing of Environment 157, 158–169 More ››
Stratoulias Dimitris, Balzter Heiko, Zlinszky András, Tóth Viktor R (2015): Assessment of ecophysiology of lake shore reed vegetation based on chlorophyll fluorescence, field spectroscopy and hyperspectral airborne imagery Remote Sensing of Environment 157: pp. 72-84. More ››


Boros E., Zs. Horváth, G. Wolfram & L. Vörös (2014): Salinity and ionic composition of the shallow astatic soda pans in the Carpathian Basin Annales de Limnologie - International Journal of Limnology 50: pp. 59–69. More ››
Pálffy K., Felföldi T., Mentes A., Horváth H., Márialigeti K., Boros E., Vörös L., Somogyi B. (2014): Unique picoeukaryotic algal community under multiple environmental stress conditions in a shallow, alkaline pan Extremophiles, 18. pp. 111-119 More ››
Somogyi, B., L. Vörös, K. Pálffy, Gy. Székely, Cs. Bartha & Zs. Gy. Keresztes (2014): Picophytoplankton predominance in hypersaline lakes (Transylvanian Basin, Romania) Extremophiles 18(6): pp. 1075-1084. More ››


Palmer S C J, Pelevin V V, Goncharenko I, Kovács W A, Zlinszky A, Présing M, Horváth H, Nicolás-Perea V, Balzter H, Tóth VR (2013): Ultraviolet Fluorescence LiDAR (UFL) as a Measurement Tool for Water Quality Parameters in Turbid Lake Conditions Remote Sensing, 5.(9) pp. 4405-4422 More ››
Somogyi B., Felföldi T., Solymosi K., Flieger K., Márialigeti K., Böddi B., Vörös L. (2013): One step closer to eliminating the nomenclatural problems of minute coccoid green algae: Pseudochloris wilhelmii, gen. et sp. nov. (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta) European Journal of Phycology 48. pp. 427-436. More ››
Zlinszky A., Timár G. (2013): Historic maps as a data source for socio-hydrology: a case study of the Lake Balaton wetland system, Hungary Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 17. (11) pp. 4589-4606 More ››


András Zlinszky, Werner Mücke, Hubert Lehner, Christian Briese, Norbert Pfeifer (2012): Categorizing Wetland Vegetation by Airborne Laser Scanning on Lake Balaton and Kis-Balaton, Hungary Remote Sensing 2012, 4. (6) pp. 1617-1650 More ››
Keresztes Z. G., Felföldi T., Somogyi B., Székely G., Dragoş N., Márialigeti K., Bartha C., Vörös L. (2012): First record of picophytoplankton diversity in Central European hypersaline lakes Extremophiles, 16. (5) 759-769. More ››
Kovács W A, Tóth VR, Vörös L (2012): Light dependent germination and subsequent proliferation of N2-fixing cyanobacteria in a large shallow lake Annales de Limnologie - International Journal of Limnology 48. (2) pp. 177-185. More ››
Tóth VR, Szabó K (2012): Morphometric structural analysis of Phragmites australis stands in Lake Balaton Annales de Limnologie - International Journal of Limnology 48. (2) pp. 241-251. More ››


Boglárka Somogyi, Tamás Felföldi, Katalin Solymosi, Judit Makk, Zalán Gábor Homonnay, Györgyi Horváth, Erika Turcsi, Béla Böddi, Károly Márialigeti, Lajos Vörös (2011): Chloroparva pannonica gen. et sp. nov. (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta) – a new picoplanktonic green alga from a turbid, shallow soda pan Phycologia 50. (1) pp. 1-10. More ››
Tóth VR, Herodek Sándor (2011): Seasonal shift of dominance in a submerged rooted macrophyte community of Lake Balaton Annales de Limnologie - International Journal of Limnology 47. (2): pp. 141-150. More ››
Viktória Üveges, Lajos Vörös, Judit Padisák, Attila W. Kovács (2011): Primary production of epipsammic algal communities in Lake Balaton (Hungary) Hydrobiologia 66. (1): pp. 17-27. More ››