Slovakian lichenologists in the Institute of Ecology and Botany

First contacts with Slovakian colleagues date back to the 1980s,1990s. We participated in various scientific events in both countries, e.g., the Slovak lichenological team organized the international conference „Decline and conservation of lichens and bryophytes in Central Europe” (Smolenice, 1991). The „Young lichenologists´workshop in Hungary” was organized in Vácrátót (2009) as an international event for lichenologists and PhD students from Central Europe where also Slovakian lichenologists participated in. From 2010 we have cooperated within the project of the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund OTKA K81232: Perspectives in lichenological research – biodiversity, lichen chemistry (2010–2015, PI: Edit Farkas). Also the Mobility project (2013–2015) of the Slovakian and Hungarian Academies of Sciences supports our repetead visits and joint research „Lichens in the current Central Europe – from biodiversity to genes”. During the first week of December Anna Guttova director and Anna Lackovicova senior researcher visited the Institute of Ecology and Botany, Vácrátót. On 4 December in the framework of the weekly seminar of the institute Anna Guttova presented on her favourite group Solenopsora mentioning the role of studies carried out in Hungarian sites and herbaria. with the title „Unraveling processes responsible for contemporary geographic distribution of the species Solenopsora candicans (lichens, Catillariaceae) in the Carpathians and Pannonia – a periphery of its range in mainland Europe”.The topic covered historical aspects, biogeography, molecular taxonomy, habitat ecology and various other fields. After the lecture Anna, who just became the director of the Botanical Institute of the Slovakian Academy of Sciences in Bratislava went for a walk with Péter Ódor director of the Institute of Ecology and Botany, Vácrátót. The relaxing atmoshpere of the Botanical Garden was in contrast with the main topic of the conversation: the rapidly changing milieu of the two academic institutions.

Edit Farkas
Laboratory for Botany and Phytochemistry