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Intensive spread of the coypu in Hungary

Large, invasive rodents can cause serious natural and economic damage.

Are invasive species the cause of our demise?

The Invasion Biology Division led by HUN-REN CER has also taken up the fight against invasive species.

You can help fight epidemics by taking a photo of what your cat has preyed

Tamara Szentiványi spoke about their results published in Mammal Review journal.

Raccoon and Coypu research in Kossuth radio.

Krisztián Katona talked about the raccoon and Coypu research in Kossuth radio.

A previously unknown coronavirus has killed thousands of cats in Cyprus, but should we be afraid of it in Hungary?

Tamara Szentiványi, a researcher at the Institute of Ecology and Botany of the HUN-REN Centre for Ecological Research, and the Invasion Biology Division of the National Laboratory for Health Security, commented on the FCoV-23 virus causing an epidemic among Cypriot cats.

Where does the European true bug invasion come from, and is a global bedbug pandemic justified?

Quibit investigated with Tamara Szentiványi, research fellow of the Evolutionary Ecology Research Group of the Hungarian Research Network’s Centre for Ecological Research and researcher of the Invasion Biology Division of the National Laboratory for Health Security, whether the increase in bedbugs in Europe is a real phenomenon, and if so, what is causing the invasion?

Our lives are going wrong, and more than three thousand people are to blame

They threaten the economy, food security, health and quality of life.

Our researchers talked about their work on Kossuth radio’s Napközben programme

In the programme, László Zsolt Garamszegi, head of the Invasion Biology Division, talked about the mission of the national laboratory, Melinda Halassy presented her research on the control of the common milkweed, and Gabriella Süle described the invasive properties of ornamental garden plants, including the blanket flower. Kossuth Rádió – Napközben – 2023.09.06.

Why the panic over the tiger mosquito?

West Nile fever virus has not yet been detected in tiger mosquitoes In Hungary and no areas are excluded from blood donation. The tiger mosquito is spreading in Hungary, and the West Nile fever virus is also present, but there is not necessarily a link between the two. The house mosquito which is native to […]

Slowly, the raccoons can really open a laundromat near Budapest

Researchers from the Hungarian Agricultural and Life Sciences University (MATE) in Gödöllő filmed wild raccoons in a forest 30 km from Budapest.

László Zsolt Garamszegi on the mission of ecologists, invasive plants and the future

One of the goals of ecologists is the early detection of environmental disasters to prevent unwanted processes such as epidemics.

Nutria project

Herbivore Research Group of MATE Institute for Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Department of Wildlife Biology and Management aims to study the physical condition and reproductive characteristics dietary composition, genetics and spatial distribution of nutria in Hungary.    

Impact assessment of wild boar hiking at Lake Kolon and Vöröskőváron

Herbivore Research Group of MATE Institute for Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Department of Wildlife Biology and Management aims to study the impact of digging on soil quality, the occurrence of invasive plant species in the soil seed bank and vegetation, and other animal species.

Raccoon predation of nests

The raccoon appeared in Hungary in recent decades. As an invasive, non-native predator species, it may have unknown effects on local ecosystems. One of the most important of these is predating on bird nests. We investigated this by placing artificial nests and using motion-sensing camera traps.      

Why do we want to protect the rhinoceros if we don’t want to save its parasites?

Tamara Szentiványi, a researcher from Invasion Biology Division, talked about research and conservation of endangered parasite species in an article for Qubit.

Invasive mosquitoes attack

Researchers are asking for the public’s help in monitoring the spread of invasive  mosquitoes.

Garden in the cube – Problems and solutions to biological invasions

A discussion on 13 May 2023 explored the process of how invasive species cause problems and how to deal with them.

The Invasion Biology Division of the National Laboratory for Health Security was established

The Invasion Biology Division of the National Laboratory for Health Security was recently established under the leadership of the Centre for Ecological Research.

Invasion Biology Division’s goals and work

In this interview, Zsolt László Garamszegi, Director General of the Centre for Ecological Research and Head of the Division, describes the aims and work of the Invasion Biology Division, which was established as part of the National Laboratory for Health Security.

Green Club

Dr. Gabriella Süle, Research Associate, Centre for Ecological Research – Ornamental plants are a major source of invasive species.

It’s a beautiful flower, but it would be better if it didn’t get out of control

The blanket flower, native to North America, is widely known among hobby gardeners, but it escaped from small gardens and appears to be causing serious ecological problems in a drying climate.

Battle of the flowers – how a flower can be harmful to bees

As invasive plants significantly transform their environment, the declining pollinator insects are suffering another setback: they are becoming like the fox and the stork in La Fontaine’s tale.

Researchers have so far found no viruses dangerous to humans in the invasive mosquitoes spreading in Hungary

In 2019, the ELKH Ecological Research Centre (ERC) launched its Mosquito Monitor project, a researcher-society collaboration to assess the intensive domestic spread of invasive  mosquito species that spread pathogens dangerous to humans and domestic animals.

Tamara Szentiványi used citizen science to track down the mosquitoes that spread a serious dog disease

In an increasing number of scientific fields, researchers are trying to involve enthusiastic ordinary people in their work.

Ecological and invasion biology research cannot be separated from pandemic prevention – Health Security National Laboratory established in Szeged

The main objectives are epidemic prediction, prevention, mathematical modelling, identification of ecological risks associated with pathogens and invasive species, and analysis of digital data.

Environmental catastrophe is here, not in the elusive distant future

Although there are increasing signs of climate change, humanity still does not feel threatened enough to make drastic changes to its lifestyles. According to László Garamszegi, Director General of the Centre for Ecological Research, our behaviour can be described by game-theoretic models and, if for no other reason, we will be forced to change for […]