IEB Laboratory for Lichenology and Phytochemistry

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Taxonomic and chemotaxonomic biodiversity investigations and studies on the variability of production of biologically active compounds in native or potentially successful plants for cultivation have been carried out for decades. Phytochemical and chemotaxonomic investigations took place in Vácrátót, furthermore some preparations for molecular genetic studies were also possible in our laboratories. Instrumental analytical and molecular genetical investigations on flowering plants, lichens and mycorrhiza-forming fungi became possible via cooperations with institutions in Hungary and abroad.

The research of organisms naturally rich in biologically active compounds is aimed to develop further for revealing natural resources and to increase knowledge on structural and functional diversity/ variability of them. Application of current, internationally accepted molecular methods in addition to classical morphological and chemical diversity studies may represent a breakthrough in taxonomic and phytochemical research in the institute. The connection between supra- and infraindividual research fields would form the multidisciplinary treatment of problems on basic and applied fields more entire and precise. The bioindication and medicinal role are planned to play a more important role within the biodiversity studies of both plants and lichen-forming fungi (lichens). A new field in the institute is the study of mycorrhizae (mutualistic relationship between plant roots and soil fungi): microbial diversity and its ecological role in soils investigated by morphological, molecular and experimental methods in the field and laboratory. Bioindication, pharmaceutical fields and other fields for ecosystem services are planned to be investigated for the conservation of the good condition of ecosystems and human health.

The homepage "Lichenology - the knowledge of lichens" is edited by us.

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Engel R, Szabó K, Abrankó L, Rendes K, Anna Füzy A, Takács T (2016): Effect of arbuscular mycorrhyzal fungi on the growth and polyphenol profile of marjoram, lemon balm, and marigold. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 64(19): 3733-3741. More ››
Varga L, Engel R, Szabo K, Abranko L, Gosztola B, Nemeth EZ, Sarosi S (2016): Seasonal variation in phenolic content and antioxidant activity of Glechoma hederacea L. harvested from six Hungarian populations. Acta Alimentaria 45:(2) pp. 268-276. More ››


FARKAS E, KURSINSZKI L, SZŐKE É, MOLNÁR K (2015): New chemotypes of the lichens Xanthoparmelia pulvinaris and X. subdiffluens (Parmeliaceae, Ascomycota) Herzogia 28(2): pp. 679-689. More ››


Könczöl Á, Engel R, Szabó K, Hornok K, Tóth S, Béni Z, Prechl A, Máthé I, Tibor Balogh G (2014): Topical analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of Oxybaphus nyctagineus: Phytochemical characterization of active fractions JOURNAL OF ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY 155:(1) pp. 776-784. (2014) More ››
Şenkardeşler A, Lőkös L, Farkas E (2014): Lectotypification of names of lichen taxa described by Ödön Szatala Taxon 63: 139-145. More ››



Farkas Edit, Elix John A., Flakus Adam (2012): Calopadia erythrocephala, a new foliicolous lichenized fungus from Brazil. Lichenologist 44 (3): 395–399. More ››


Lumbsch TH, Ahti T, Altermann S, Arup U, Kärnefelt I, Thell A, ... Farkas Edit ... et al. (2011): One hundred new species of lichenized fungi: a signature of undiscovered global diversity. Phytotaxa 18: 1–127. More ››
Engel Rita, Könczöl Á, Szabó K, Balogh Gy, Máthé Imre (2011): Oxybaphus nyctagyneus gyulladáscsökkentő hatásának és fitokémiai összetételének vizsgálata. XII. Magyar Gyógynövény Konferencia, Szeged, Gyógyszerészet supplementum S21 More ››
Molnár K., Farkas E. (2011): Depsides and depsidones in populations of the lichen Hypogymnia physodes and its genetic diversity. Annales Botanici Fennici 48 (6): 473–482. More ››


Engel Rita, Abrankó László, Stefanovits-Bányai Éva, Fodor P (2010): Simultaneous determination of water-soluble vitamins in fortified food products. Acta Alimentaria, 39. (1.) 48-58. More ››
Molnár K, Farkas Edit (2010): Current results on biological activities of lichen secondary metabolites: a review. Z. Naturforsch. 65c: 157-173. More ››


Balázs T, Kovács G M (2009): Molecular diversity of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi of Juniperus communis in semiarid sandy grasslands of the Great Hungarian Plain. Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica 56: 3. More ››


Farkas Edit, Kovács G M, Molnár K, Lőkös László, Veres K (2008): Molecular investigations of various lichen taxa and populations in Hungary. Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica 55(2): 187-188. More ››


Aguirre-Hudson B, Farkas Edit, Lőkös László (2005): New records of Leptorhaphis and other ascomycete genera from the Carpathian basin (Europe) - Herzogia 18: 47-50 More ››
Engel Rita, Hegedűs Attila, Bodor Zs, Heltmann-Tulok M, Stefanovits-Bányai Éva (2005): Comparative study of three rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) clones during the growing season. Journal of Horticulture Science, ISSN 1585-0404, 11.(2.)67-72. More ››
2017 - 2021 NKFI K_124341 "Global patterns to molecular problems in lichenology" (NKFI K_124341 - Edit FARKAS, DSc)
2010 - 2014 Perspectives in lichenological research - biodiversity, lichen chemistry (OTKA-K 81232 - Edit FARKAS, DSc)