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The Institute of Evolution is the largest theoretical evolutionary biology scientific centre in Hungary, with research interests spanning all levels of biological organisation. We investigate the origin of life, transitions in evolution involving large increases in complexity (including the origin of human language and cooperation), evolutionary aspects of neural networks, the relationship between learning and evolution, and evolutionary-ecological processes, with a particular focus on the dynamics of emerging infectious diseases under the impact of climate change.

Priority publications

Ocaña-Pallarès, E.; Williams, TA.; López-Escardó, D.; Arroyo, AS.; Pathmanathan, JS.; Bapteste, E.; Tikhonenkov, DV.; Keeling, PJ.; Szöllősi, GJ.; Ruiz-Trillo, I. Divergent genomic trajectories predate the origin of animals and fungi. NATURE 609(7928):747-753

Zachar, István Eukaryotic origins: Closing the energetics gap. NATURE ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, 6:1254-1255

Scheuring István; Rasmussen Jacob A.; Bozzi Davide, Limborg Morten T. A strategic model of a host–microbe–microbe system reveals the importance of a joint host–microbe immune response to combat stress-induced gut dysbiosis FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY 13: Paper 912806

Földvári Gábor; Szabó Éva; Tóth Gábor Endre; Lanszki Zsófia; Zana Brigitta; Varga Zsaklin; Kemenesi Gábor Emergence of Hyalomma marginatum and Hyalomma rufipes adults revealed by citizen science tick monitoring in Hungary TRANSBOUNDARY AND EMERGING DISEASES Paper: 14563 , 25 p.

Vásárhelyi, Zsóka; Scheuring, István; Avilés, Leticia. The Ecology of Spider Sociality: A Spatial Model AMERICAN NATURALIST. 199: 776-788