Research groups

Microalgal working group

The microalgal working group, headed by Gábor Borics
Dsc. was established in 2011 as part of Tisza Research Department of the
Ecological Centre (HU), located in Debrecen Hungary. The group focuses on basic
and applied research in the field of ecology of planktic and benthic algae both
in rivers and pond systems. Basic research activities of the group are devoted
to understanding the relationship between the composition and biomass of
microalgae and the main drivers. The applied research activities are linked to
the implementation of Water Framework Directive in Hungary. At present, the
group is putting a strong focus on the accurate characterisation of
morphological alga traits, using real-like 3D visualization of algae.


The objects of the investigations are the macroscopic aquatic invertebrates (macrozoobenton), which by their presence, mass data, distribution of their stocks well indicate (indicate) the ecological status of the water bodies, its naturalness and the degradation processes caused by human intervention. With the exception of a few groups, their taxonomic determination does not pose a major problem, and the environmental need of most species is well known, and thus their bioindication significance is widespread. Birk et al. (2006). During the international ecological intercalibration procedure, a new stressor and type-specific multimetric assessment method (HMMI) has been developed for both running and standing waters.


Phytobenton (or phytobenthos, more recently in Anglo-Saxon terminology, treats the two terms as equivalent and uses the term phytobenthos in a uniform way, and henceforth we will use it) is a live coating on water-covered substrates other than the bottom.

Wetland Ecology Research Group

Wetland Ecology Research Group conduct systematic ecological surveys on wetlands. We are basically interested in the process of community assembly in aquatic and semi-aquatic habitats. We do fundamental researches that aim to explore species distribution, autecological characteristics and species interactions. We give high importance to implement the results of fundamental studies into practice.  Therefore, we address questions having relevance in restoration ecology and socio-economy (e.g. Water Framework Directive). Our research interest includes but not limited to plants; we do plant ecological researches, complemented with studies on rarely investigated biotas (i.e. bryozoa, porifera).