IEB Department of Functional Ecology
scientific advisor
botta-dukat.zoltan [at] okologia.mta.hu
+36 28 360-122, 360-147 / 138
Brief description of the main scopes: 

Research topics in nutshell:
Assembly Rules: studying trait based assembly rules by comparing observed functional diversity to random references; identifying traits influenced by environmental filtering and competition

Biological invasion: pattern of plant invasion in Hungary; studying invasiveness by comparative ecological and experimental methods.

Phytosociology: syntaxonomical revision of Molinietalia meadows, development of Hungarian Phytosociological Database

Development new methods for data analysis: functional diversity, fidelity, co-occurrence based niche-width, validation of classification, semi-supervised classification.

PhD supervising:


University textbooks:

Main profile in keywords: 
assembly rules, biological invasion, phytosociology, data analysis
Selected publications: 


Pinke G, Csiky J, Mesterházy A, Tari L, Pál RW, Botta-Dukát Z & Czúcz B (2014): The impact of management on weeds and aquatic plant communities in Hungarian rice crops. Weed Research 54: 388–397 More ››
Pinke Gy., Tóth K.; Kovács J. A., Milics G.; Varga Z., Blazsek K., Gál K. E & Botta-Dukát, Z. (2014): Use of mesotrione and tembotrione herbicides for post-emergence weed control in alkaloid poppy (Papaver somniferum) International Journal of Pest Management 60: 187-195 More ››
Tichý L., Chytrý M., Botta-Dukát Z. (2014): Semi-supervised classification of vegetation: preserving the good old units and searching for new ones Journal of Vegetation Science 25: 1504–1512 More ››


Heger T, Pahl A T, Botta-Dukát Z, Gherardi F Hoppe C, Hoste I, Jax K, Lindström L, Boets P, Haider S, Kollmann J, Wittmann MJ, Jeschke JM (2013): Conceptual Frameworks and Methods for Advancing Invasion Ecology AMBIO 42(5): 527-540 More ››
Ódor P, Szurdoki E, Botta-Dukát Z, Papp B (2013): Spatial pattern and temporal dynamics of bryophyte assemblages in saline grassland Folia Geobotanica 48(2): 189-207 More ››
Pál RW, Csete S, Botta-Dukát Z, Pinke Gy (2013): Composition and Diversity of Lawn Flora in Differently Managed Village Yards – A Case Study from Southwestern Hungary Folia Geobotanica 48(2): 209-227 More ››
Pal RW, Pinke Gy, Botta-Dukát Z, Campetella G, Bartha S, Kalocsai R, Lengyel A (2013): Can management intensity be more important than environmental factors? A case study along an extreme elevation gradient from central Italian cereal fields Plant Biosystems 147(2): 343-353 More ››
Pinke Gy, Karácsony P, Botta-Dukát Z, Czúcz B (2013): Relating Ambrosia artemisiifolia and other weeds to the management of Hungarian sunflower crops Journal of Pest Science 86(3): 621-631 More ››


Czúcz B, Molnár Zs, Horváth F, Nagy Gergő G, Botta-Dukát Z, Török K (2012): Using the natural capital index framework as a scalable aggregation methodology for local and regional biodiversity indicators Journal for Nature Conservation 20(3):144-152. More ››
Fenesi A, Botta-Dukát Z (2012): Phenotypic divergences induced by different residence time in invasive common ragweeds Journal of Plant Ecology 5(2): 174-181. More ››
Lengyel A, Csiky J, Botta-Dukát Z (2012): How do locally infrequent species influence numerical classification? A simulation study Community Ecology 13(1): 64-71 More ››
Pinke Gy, Karácsony P, Czúcz B, Botta-Dukát Z, Lengyel A (2012): The influence of environment, management and site context on species composition of summer arable weed vegetation in Hungary Applied Vegetation Science 15(1): 136–144 More ››


Bölöni J, Botta-Dukát Z, Illyés E, Molnár Zs (2011): Hungarian landscape types: classification of landscapes based on the relative cover of (semi-) natural habitats - Applied Vegetation Science (14): 537-546. More ››
Campetella G, Botta-Dukát Z, Wellstein C, Canullo R, Gatto S, Chelli S, Mucina L, Bartha S (2011): Patterns of trait-environment relationships along a forest succession chronosequence Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 145(1): 38–48 More ››
Fenesi A, Rédei T, Botta-Dukát Z (2011): Hard traits of three Bromus species in their source area explain their current invasive success Acta Oecologica 37:441-448 More ››
Lellei-Kovács E, Kovács-Láng E, Botta-Dukát Z, Kalapos T, Emmett B, Beier C (2011): Thresholds and interactive effects of soil moisture on the temperature response of soil respiration. European Journal of Soil Biology 47:247-255. More ››
Pinke Gy, Karácsony P, Czúcz B, Botta-Dukát Z (2011): Determining the importance of environmental and land-use variables for the abundance of Ambrosia artemisiifolia in arable fields of Hungary Preslia 83: 219-235 More ››
Pinke Gy, Pál R W, Tóth K, Karácsony P, Czúcz B, Botta-Dukát Z (2011): Weed vegetation of poppy (Papaver somniferum) fields in Hungary: effects of management and environmental factors on species composition Weed Research 51: 621–630 More ››


Tichý L, Chytrý M, Hájek M, Talbot S, Botta-Dukát Z (2010): OptimClass: Using species-to-cluster fidelity to determine the optimal partition in classification of ecological communities Journal of Vegetation Science 21: 287-299 More ››


Illyés E, Bauer N, Botta-Dukát Z (2009): Classification of semi-dry grassland vegetation in Hungary Preslia 81: 239-260. More ››
Walther G-R, Roques A, Hulme, Ph E, Sykes M T, Pysek P, Kühn I, Zobel M, Bacher S, Botta-Dukát Z, Bugmann H, Czúcz B, Dauber J, Hickler T, Jarošík V, Kenis M, Klotz S, Minchin D, Moora M, Nentwig W, Ott J, Panov V E, Reineking B, Robinet Ch, Semenchenko V, Solarz W, Thuiller W, Vilà M, Vohland K, Settele J (2009): Alien species in a warmer world - risks and opportunities. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24:686-693. More ››


Botta-Dukát Zoltán (2008): Invasion of alien species to Hungarian (semi-)natural habitats Acta Botanica Hungarica 50(Suppl.): 219-227 More ››
Lájer K, Botta-Dukát Z, Csiky J, Horváth F, Szmorad F, Bagi I, Dobolyi ZK, Hahn I, Kovács J A, Rédei T (2008): Hungarian Phytosociological database (COENODATREF): sampling methodology, nomenclature and its actual stage. Annali di Botanica nuova series 7: 197-201. More ››
Lellei-Kovács E, Kovács-Láng E, Kalapos T, Botta-Dukát Z, Barabás S, Beier C (2008): Experimental warming does not enhance soil respiration in a semiarid temperate forest-steppe ecosystem. Community Ecology 9:29-37. More ››


Botta-Dukát Z, Kovács-Láng E, Rédei T, Kertész M, Garadnai J (2007): Statistical and biological consequences of preferential sampling in phytosociology: theoretical considerations and a case study Folia Geobotanica 42: 141-152 More ››
Ruprecht E, Bartha S, Botta-Dukát Z, Szabó A (2007): Assembly rules during old-field succession in two contrasting environments. Community Ecology 8: 31-40. More ››


Botta-Dukát Z, Chytrý M, Hájková P, Havlová M (2005): Vegetation of lowland wet meadows along a climatic continentality gradient in Central Europe. Preslia 77: 89-111. More ››



Török K, Botta-Dukát Z, Dancza I, Németh I, Kiss J, Mihály B, Magyar D (2003): Invasion Gateways and Corridors in the Carpathian Basin: Biological Invasions in Hungary. Biological Invasions 5:349-356 More ››


Chytrý M, Tichý L, Holt J, Botta-Dukát Z (2002): Determination of diagnostic species with statistical fidelity measures. Journal of Vegetation Science 13:79-90. More ››


Molnár Zs, Botta-Dukát Z (1998): Improved space-for-time substitution for hypothesis generation: secondary grasslands with documented site history in SE-Hungary. Phytocoenologia 28: 1-29. More ››