IEB Laboratory for Lichenology within CER Research group for Ecotoxicology

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Taxonomic and chemotaxonomic biodiversity investigations have been carried out for decades. Chemotaxonomic investigations took place in Vácrátót, furthermore some preparations for molecular genetic studies were also possible in our laboratories. Instrumental analytical and molecular genetical investigations on lichen-forming and lichenicolous fungi became possible via cooperations with institutions in Hungary and abroad.

The research of organisms naturally rich in biologically active compounds is aimed to develop further for revealing natural resources and to increase knowledge on structural and functional diversity/ variability of them. Application of current, internationally accepted molecular methods in addition to classical morphological and chemical diversity studies may represent a breakthrough in taxonomic research. The connection between supra- and infraindividual research fields would form the multidisciplinary treatment of problems on basic and applied fields more entire and precise. The bioindication role is planned to play a more important role within the biodiversity studies of lichens and their parasitic fungi. Also other fields of ecosystem services are planned to be investigated for the conservation of the good condition of ecosystems and human health.
Lichen herbarium VBI registered by New York Botanical Garden, Index Herbariorum is curated and developed by the staff.
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The homepage "Lichenology - the knowledge of lichens" is edited by us.

Selected publications:



FARKAS E, KURSINSZKI L, SZŐKE É, MOLNÁR K (2015): New chemotypes of the lichens Xanthoparmelia pulvinaris and X. subdiffluens (Parmeliaceae, Ascomycota) Herzogia 28(2): pp. 679-689.


Şenkardeşler A, Lőkös L, Farkas E (2014): Lectotypification of names of lichen taxa described by Ödön Szatala Taxon 63: 139-145.


Farkas Edit, Elix John A., Flakus Adam (2012): Calopadia erythrocephala, a new foliicolous lichenized fungus from Brazil. Lichenologist 44 (3): 395–399.


Molnár K, Farkas Edit (2010): Current results on biological activities of lichen secondary metabolites: a review. Z. Naturforsch. 65c: 157-173.
2017 - 2021 NKFI K_124341 "Global patterns to molecular problems in lichenology" (NKFI K_124341 - Edit FARKAS, DSc)
2010 - 2014 Perspectives in lichenological research - biodiversity, lichen chemistry (OTKA-K 81232 - Edit FARKAS, DSc)