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Biodiversity of forest ecosystems

Our research focuses on vascular plant communities, their diversity, species composition, ecology and dynamics. We work towards solutions for sustainable forest management, close-to-nature silviculture and protection of the environment.

The research team also addresses the intra-species or genetic diversity. We study the biological variability of forest ecosystems at population level, and processes that influence diversity (adaptation to changing environmental conditions, postglacial migration, gene flow among populations). The purpose is to support and guide forest management, specifically to identify suitable reproductive material and determine genetic effects of silvicultural measures.

Current research themes include:

    • syntaxonomic classification of forest communities with emphasis on the characteristic beech forests
    • revision of the classification system of forest typology
    • impacts of forest management on temperate oak and beech forests
    • causes of the observed decrease of species diversity in temperate broadleaved forests and investigations of threatened populations in the Carpathians
    • reconstruction of vegetation history through palynological and dendrochronologic methods
    • genetic aspects of postglacial migration of main forest tree species, identification of migration routes and gene flow among regional populations
    • hybridization and introgression as mechanisms in the evolutionary history and source of new species
    • adaptive, heritable variability in the context of climate change, assessed through a combination of provenance testing, ecophysiology and molecular biology tools
    • epigenetics in forest tree species (change of gene expression that is not caused by changes of genetic information)



LIEPELT, S., CHEDDADI, R., DE BEAULIEU, JL, FADY, B., GOMORY, D. et al. 2009: Postglacial range expansion and its genetic imprints in Abies alba (Mill.) – A synthesis from palaeobotanic and genetic data. REVIEW OF PALAEOBOTANY AND PALYNOLOGY 153(1–2): 139–149.

GÖMÖRY, D., COMPS, B., PAULE, L., VON WÜHLISCH, G., 2013: Allozyme and phenotypic variation in beech (Fagus sylvatica L.): are there any links? Plant Biosystems 147: 265–271.

GÖMÖRYOVÁ, E., UJHÁZY, K., MARTINÁK, M.,GÖMÖRY, D. 2013: Soil microbial community response to variation in vegetation and abiotic environment in a temperate old-growth forest. Applied Soil Ecology 68: 10–19.

Uhrinová V., Zozomová-Lihová J., Bernátová D., Paule J., Paule L., Gömöry D., 2017: Origin and genetic differentiation of pink-flowered Sorbus hybrids in the Western Carpathians. Annals of Botany online doi:10.1093/aob/mcx013

Krajmerová D., Hrivnák M., Ditmarová Ľ., Jamnická G., Kmeť J.,  Krajmerová D., Paule L., Zhelev P., Voleková M., Eftimov I., Gagov V., Gömöry D., 2016: Natural hybridization in eastern-Mediterranean firs: the case of Abies borisii-regis. Plant Biosystems 150(6): 1189–1199

Gömöry D., Foffová E., Longauer R., Krajmerová D., 2015: Memory effects associated with the early-growth environment in Norway spruce and European larch. European Journal of Forest Research 134:89–97

Gömöry D., Ditmarová Ľ., Hrivnák M., Jamnická G., Kmeť J.,  Krajmerová D., Kurjak D., 2015: Differentiation in phenological and physiological traits in European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.). European Journal of Forest Research 134: 1075–1085

Dovčiak, M., Ujházy, K., Hrivnák, R., Gömöry, D., 2015: Patterns of tree invasions into grasslands: insights from demographic and genetic spatial analyses. Journal of Plant Ecology 8(5): 468–479


Dr. Karol Ujházy
Dr. Judita Kochjarová
Dr. František Máliš
Dr. Mariana Ujházyová
MSc. Maroš Wiezik
MSc. Lucia Hederová
prof. Dr. Dušan Gömöry
prof. Dr. Ladislav Paule
Dr. Diana Krajmerová
Dr. Peter Klinga
MSc. Matúš Hrivnák
MSc. Vladimír Mačejovský


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