Restoration Ecology Group

Centre for Ecological Research, Hungary

Welcome to the homepage of the Restoration Ecology Research Group of the Institute of Ecology and Botany, Centre for Ecological Research.

Restoration ecology combines ecological theory and practical applications leading to restoration of disturbed, degraded or completely damaged ecosystems (see more at Society for Ecological Restoration).

We investigate the spontaneous regeneration capacity and the restoration possibility of Pannonian sand grasslands. The group also aims to disseminate the ideas of restoration ecology and to positively influence the national and international policy

This study aimed to assess the impact of the invasion of Asclepias syriaca, a perennial non‐native herbaceous species, on basic soil attributes and vegetation composition, and to study the effect of mechanical control, namely cutting of Asclepias, on target and other plant species. Sandy region of Kiskunság National Park, Hungary, Central Europe....

New Article published in co-operation with Anikó Csecserits in Hungarian journal "Természetvédelmi Közlemények": Csecserits A., Berki B., Botta-Dukát Z., Csákvári E., Halassy M., Mártonffy A., Rédei T., Szitár K. (2022): Változott-e a növényzet és az elözönlöttség mértéke kiskunsági homoki gyepekben és parlagokon az elmúlt évtizedben? - Egy...

David Cevallos received his PhD certificate in Quito, Ecuador at the Hungarian embassy. His doctoral research was: 'Delineation of seed transfer zones based on Ecological knowledge and testing by seed traits of populations from different provenance for ecological restoration use'. Congratulations to David!

Open days for university students were held at the Centre for Ecological Research on October 28, 2022. Melinda Halassy presented the research activities of our group and how the students can get involved in ongoing research. The presentation can be downloaded below in Hungarian.

In order to find the best and most reliable practices for ecological restoration of degraded lands, longer time scales should be considered when evaluating restoration efforts. We assessed the long-term (16 years) effects of different grassland restoration treatments - seeding, mowing, and carbon amendment - in the Pannonian sand grasslands. After...