The Institute of Ecology and Botany seeks to propose scientific solutions to the environmental challenges of our time, such as land-use change, habitat degradation, climate change, urbanisation, the effects of intensive agriculture, invasions, and the emergence of new diseases. The Institute’s nearly 80 researchers, organised in research groups, work on a wide range of organism groups and habitats, using a variety of methodological approaches. In addition to its basic research activities, the institute carries out a number of public monitoring and applied research activities.
- Maintenance and restoration of the integrity of nature and society.
- Investigating the impact of silviculture on forest communities.
- Plant genetic conservation and ecological restoration in the National Botanical Garden.
- Development of conservation strategies based on seed ecology.
- Reconstruction of grassland habitats.
- Testing restoration ecology methods for the development of the national green infrastructure.
- Predicting the ecological impacts of climate change in the Carpathian Basin.
- The status biodiversity and ecosystem services in urban habitats.
- Biodiversity and protection of natural habitats embedded in agricultural landscapes.
- Ecological intensification, agroecology.
- Ecological analysis and sustainability of plant–pollinator relationships.
- Ecological analysis of biological invasion and its social and economic implications.
- Prevention of emerging diseases based on ecological principles.
- Investigation of plant community dynamics, search for community assembly rules.
- Maintaining plant databases and updating distribution maps.
- Knowledge co-production between science and other knowledge systems.
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