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Ádám Lovas-Kiss

Ádám Lovas-Kiss
Centre for Ecological Research · Institute of Aquatic Ecology

PhD

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We provide observations confirming that viable fragments of bryophytes are dispersed by migratory birds after surviving transit through the alimentary canal. A specimen of Didymodon insulanus was cultured from a large fragment extracted from faeces of Mallard Anas platyrhynchos at Lake Windermere in Cumbria, England. Similar fragments were recorded...
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Elatine gussonei (Sommier) Brullo et al. is a rare freshwater plant previously assumed to be endemic to Lampedusa and the Maltase archipelago. Taxonomic uncertainties within the Elatine genus may have caused E. gussonei populations to be overlooked in the Mediterranean region. To clarify the distribution of E. gussonei, we reviewed Elatine specimen...
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It was proposed previously that passive dispersal by migratory aquatic birds explain the widespread distribution of many wetland organisms. Several experimental studies have shown that many widespread wetland plant species can be readily dispersed within the guts of Anatidae. However, it is unclear whether plants with a more restricted distribution...
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In wetland ecosystems, birds and fish are important dispersal vectors for plants and invertebrates, but the consequences of their interactions as vectors are unknown. Darwin suggested that piscivorous birds carry out secondary dispersal of seeds and invertebrates via predation on fish. We tested this hypothesis in the great cormorant (Phalacrocorax...
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Poplar monocultures are some of the most common short-rotation coppices. While they are most often considered of low environmental value, they have recently gained recognition for their multifaceted role in ecological engineering, such as carbon sinks, soil remediators or green energy producers. Nonetheless, the biodiversity of poplar plantations r...
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Dolgozatunkban a Dél-Nyírség és a Berettyó–Kálló köze egy florisztikai értelemben jellemzően alulreprezentált településének, Monostorpályinak a flórájához szolgáltatunk adatokat, más­részt közzéteszünk néhány érdekesebb florisztikai megfigyelést Debrecen környékéről. Összeállítá­sunkban 58 növényfajról szolgáltatunk adatokat. Az enumerációban felso...
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Trait-based ecology is gaining ground nowadays on species-based ecology: the number of research and publication focusing on the ecological role of taxa instead of the species themselves increased significantly in the last two decades. One great advantage of this approach is that communities with different species composition due to great geographic...
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The expansion of alien plant species is of global concern, yet our understanding of their dispersal mechanisms is limited, especially regarding the role of migratory birds. We hypothesize that invasiveness of alien wetland plants might depend on specific adaptations that ensure high seed survival in the digestive tract of waterfowl, ensuring their...
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Endozoochory by waterfowl is important for a broad range of angiosperms, most of which lack a fleshy fruit. This dispersal function contributes to the formation and maintenance of plant communities and may allow range shifts for plant species under global change. However, our current understanding of what seed or plant traits are important for this...
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The yellow-legged gull is an opportunistic and generalist bird that has colonised urban areas, where it has found very favourable trophic resources but also causes disturbance to humans and damage to infrastructure. Here, we investigated the potential role that gulls play in the dispersal of plants in Barcelona, a highly populated city of north-wes...
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During winter, a large number of rooks gather and defecate at the park of a university clinic. We investigated the prevalence of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)–producing Escherichia coli in these birds and compared recovered isolates with contemporary human isolates. In 2016, fecal samples were collected from 112 trap-captured rooks and in...
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Waterbirds can transport aquatic invertebrates internally, contributing to metapopulation dynamics between aquatic habitats in a terrestrial matrix. However, research into this dispersal process to date has focused on individual field sites or laboratory studies. We investigated the invertebrates dispersed by endozoochory by the lesser black-backed...
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Törökország orchideaflórájára jellemző, hogy egyrészt az egyik leggazdagabb a Mediterrán térségben, másrészt a mezőgazdaság intenzívebbé válása, a tájhasználat megváltozása, az élőhelyek átalakulása, a túllegeltetés és a gumók kiásásával járó szálep-gyűjtés miatt rendkívül veszélyeztetett. Közleményünkben szeretnénk felhívni a figyelmet a gazdasági...
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• Omnivorous waterbirds play an important role in aquatic ecosystems as dispersal vectors via direct ingestion, transportation, and egestion of plant and invertebrate propagules (i.e. endozoochory). Predatory birds also have the potential to disperse plants and invertebrates that were first carried internally or externally by their prey animals. Ho...
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Plant dispersal syndromes are allocated based on diaspore morphology and used to predict mechanisms of dispersal. Many authors assume that only angiosperms with endozoochory, epizoochory or anemochory syndromes have a long-distance dispersal (LDD) mechanism. Too much faith is often placed in classical syndromes to explain historical dispersal event...
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Plant dispersal syndromes are allocated based on diaspore morphology and used to predict the dominant mechanisms of dispersal. Many authors assume that only angiosperms with endozoochory, epizoochory or anemochory syndromes have a long‐distance dispersal (LDD) mechanism. Too much faith is often placed in classical syndromes to explain historical di...
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The cover image is based on the Original Article Seed dispersal by neotropical waterfowl depends on bird species and seasonality, by Giliandro G. Silva et al., https://doi.org/10.1111/fwb.13615.
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Aims Research into the dispersal of plants lacking a fleshy fruit by avian endozoochory remains limited, particularly regarding the different roles of specific vectors in the same habitat. Methods We compared plants dispersed by endozoochory between two migratory waterbirds differing in body size: the lesser black‐backed gull Larus fuscus, and the...
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• Waterbird‐mediated endozoochory is an essential mechanism for the dispersal of sessile organisms in freshwater ecosystems. However, in the neotropics there are no previous studies of how different waterbird species vary in the dispersal functions they perform, and how seasonality influences endozoochory. In this study, we identified plant diaspor...
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Frugivory is widely recognized as vital for the dispersal of many plants. Moreover, plant species and their frugivorous dispersers form seed‐dispersal assemblages whose structure has important implications for the persistence and stability of the community. However, dispersal interactions between plants and non‐frugivorous animal groups such as wat...
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The role of anthropogenically influenced habitats in conserving elements of the original wildlife has increased worldwide simultaneously with the disappearance of natural sites. Burial places are able to conserve original elements of the wildlife, and this fact has been known for at least a century. To this day, little is known about long‐time chan...
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Fish have somehow colonized isolated water bodies all over the world without human assistance. It has long been speculated that these colonization events are assisted by waterbirds, transporting fish eggs attached to their feet and feathers, yet empirical support for this is lacking. Recently, it was suggested that endozoochory (i.e., internal tran...
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Fen pondweed (Potamogeton coloratus) is a characteristic species of oligotrophicwaters, therefore, one of the rarest and most endangered aquatic plants in Europe because of habitat loss and population decline all over the continent. In Hungary, all of its populations disappeared during the 1950s and 1960s and then dramatically recovered in recent y...
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For 491 vascular plant species we provide original data of five leaf traits: fresh mass, dry mass, leaf area (LA), specific leaf area (SLA) and leaf dry matter content (LDMC). We are focusing on species that are rare and/or endemic to the Pannonian Ecoregion. We provide data on more than 200 species, which are not yet included in the TRY database....
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Establishing whether herb seed endozoochory is accidental or has evolved independently or in combination with other dispersal mechanisms may be valuable in the study of plant–animal interactions, but it remains unexplored for birds. We tested whether an Australian cockatoo, the galah (Eolophus roseicapilla), swallows entire seeds when feeding on ot...
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Field studies have shown that waterbirds, especially members of the Anatidae family, are major vectors of dispersal by endozoochory for a broad range of plants lacking a fleshy fruit, yet whose propagules can survive gut passage. Widely adopted dispersal syndromes ignore this dispersal mechanism, and we currently have little understanding of what t...
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The widely accepted “endozoochory syndrome” is assigned to angiosperm diaspores with a fleshy, attractive tissue and implies the existence of adaptations for protection against digestion during gut passage. This syndrome has led diaspore fleshiness to be emphasized as the exclusive indicator of endozoochory in much of the ecology and biogeography r...
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Epipactis tallosii is considered as one of the highly threatened European orchid species due to its local distribution and small isolated populations that are characterized by decreasing trends. The species is now enlisted in the endangered (EN) category of the Red List. Nevertheless, during the last decade, multiple new populations of the species...
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Electronic supplement to: Süveges K., Löki V., Lovas-Kiss Á., Ljubka T., Fekete R., Takács A., Vincze O., Lukács B. A. & Molnár V. A. 2019: From European priority species to characteristic apophyte: Epipactis tallosii (Orchidaceae).-Willdenowia 49: 401-409. doi: https://doi.org/10.3372/wi.49.49310 Appendix 1. Locations, main characteristics and or...
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1.High‐quality information on predator‐prey relationships is fundamental in understanding food webs, community assembly and ecosystem functioning. Recent analytical advances have made it possible to develop new trait‐based approaches to study trophic relationships and evaluate trait‐matching between predators and prey. 2. Here we develop a novel an...
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A körülöttünk található élővilágot számos tényező veszélyezteti világszerte. Ezek közül az egyik legveszélyesebb tényező maga az ember, aki akarva vagy akaratlanul, közvetve és közvetlenül, de jelentősen átformálja környezetünket. A gondolkodó ember számára ma már nem kérdés, hogy tájformáló tevékenységének hatására olyan változások indultak el bol...
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Several important habitats have become threatened in the last few centuries in the Mediterranean Basin due to major changes adopted in land‐use practices. The consequent loss of natural and seminatural orchid habitats leads to the appreciation of small anthropogenic habitats, such as cemeteries and roadside verges. Colonization of cemeteries and ro...
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It is well-known that some members of the crow family (Corvidae) are important for seed dispersal either via frugivory (e.g., when feeding on berries) or by scatter hoarding (e.g., of nuts). Dispersal via gut passage of seeds within a fleshy fruit can be considered “classical endozoochory.” However, corvids are rarely recognized as vectors of plant...
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In the face of worldwide habitat loss, the role of human-shaped habitats in conserving biodiversity is becoming increasingly important. Due to their special cultural role, cemeteries can preserve parts of the native vegetation when the surrounding landscape becomes degraded. However, these special refuges are threatened by human encroachment and ch...
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Cemeteries are mostly perceived as undisturbed places where we can remember the deceased loved ones. From another perspective, they also represent historical and cultural values throughout the world. It has only recently been demonstrated that cemeteries are home to signifcant natural values, of which we have very little knowledge in general, and t...
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For the first time to our knowledge, we demonstrate that whole angiosperm individuals can survive gut passage through birds, and that this occurs in the field. Floating plants of the genus Wolffia are the smallest of all flowering plants. Fresh droppings of white-faced whistling duck Dendrocygna viduata (n = 49) and coscoroba swan Coscoroba coscoro...
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Shorebirds (Charadriiformes) undergo rapid migrations with potential for long‐distance dispersal (LDD) of plants. We studied the frequency of endozoochory by shorebirds in different parts of Europe covering a broad latitudinal range and different seasons. We assessed whether plants dispersed conformed to morphological dispersal syndromes. A total o...
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Despite huge habitat losses caused by agricultural intensification, dry grasslands still represent one of the most diverse ecosystems in Europe. Their highly fragmented remnants are often preserved in man-made or human-influenced habitats (e.g., kurgans, roadside verges or cemeteries). In recent decades the significance of cemeteries as suitable ha...
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The name Elatine campylosperma Seub. is generally treated as one of the synonyms of E. macropoda Guss. However, recent morphological, phylogenetic and karyological studies indicate that this judgement should be revised. In the present paper we typify the name E. campylosperma, review its taxonomic history and provide a thorough description, with co...
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In Europe and North America waterfowl are major dispersers of aquatic and terrestrial plants, but in New Zealand their role has yet to be investigated. Mallards were introduced to New Zealand in the late 1800s, and today they are the most abundant and widespread waterfowl in the country. To assess seed dispersal, we radiomarked 284 female mallards...
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The raw data used to evaluate movements of mallards within a 72 hr period when seed dispersal is likely Variable list: x, eating; y, northing; date, date and time of the observation; dist, distance travelled between consecutive observations (m); dt, time between consecutive observation (seconds); id, ID/band number of bird; Breed, stage of the annu...
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The cover image, by Adam Lovas-Kiss et al., is based on the Original Article Crayfish invasion facilitates dispersal of plants and invertebrates by gulls, DOI: 10.1111/fwb.13080. Image Credit: Andy J. Green.
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1. Modern literature on plant dispersal by birds focuses mainly on the importance of frugivory and scatter-hoarding, yet recent studies show that endozoochory by migratory waterbirds is an important mechanism of long-distance dispersal for a broad range of plants. Nevertheless, there is a lack of empirical field studies that identify the plants dis...
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1. The red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii), originally from North America, is one of the world’s worst aquatic invaders. It is a favoured prey item for waterbirds, but the influence of this novel predator-prey relationship on dispersal of other organisms has not previously been considered. We investigated the potential for dispersal of plants...
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Despite the abundance of migratory geese as herbivores in the Arctic, and ongoing changes in their populations and distributions, little is known about their role in seed dispersal. Climate change requires Arctic plants to adjust their distributions, and avian vectors may have an important role to play. We present the first study of endozoochory (i...
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1. Cephalanthera damasonium (Mill.) Druce a Budai Arborétumban 2. Opuntia phaeacantha Engelm. a Nyugat-Dunántúlon 3. Yucca filamentosa L. a Dél-Nyírségben 4. A Rochel-törpezanót (Chamaecytisus rochelii (Wierzb.) Rothm.) két újabb előfordulása az Alföldön, és néhány régi adatának pontosítása 5. Abajdóc nyír (Betula ×rhombifolia Tausch.) a Mátra közp...
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Spiraea crenata was categorised as a species extinct from Hungary at the end of the 20 th century. This steppe-relic species was rediscovered in 2000 in a rural graveyard (Pusztamonostor). As a result of our recent survey of 294 Pannonian graveyards, we found further 12 localities of S. crenata. We also found 27 populations of further protected pla...
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Közleményünk célja a Magyarország edényes növényfajainak elterjedési atlasza térképeinek kiegészítése, főként aktuális előfordulási adatokkal. Összesen 297 edényes taxon előfordulási adatait közöljük az ország egész területéről, mintegy 247 flóratérképezési negyed-kvadrátból. Az adatok között a ritkább taxonok (például Armoracia macrocarpa (Waldst....
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Long-term seed viability is of crucial importance for short-lived species, since persistent seed banks can buffer the fluctuations in the establishment of plants from year to year. Temporarily flooded habitats are an unpredictable environment for plants, and for some species the only chance they have of surviving is the formation of persistent seed...
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Graveyards in Turkey are widely known among orchidologists as places where several orchid (Orchidaceae) taxa can be found, including some very rare and localized ones. Graveyards are less strongly affected by landscape-altering human activities than other habitats because of their special cultural roles and religious privileges. In this study we pe...
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Régóta ismert tény, hogy a madarak szerepet játszanak számos növényfaj terjesztésében. Charles Darwin A fajok eredete című könyvében leírta azt is, hogy ez a folyamat alapvetően kétféle módon valósulhat meg: a kültakaróra (lábra, tollazatra) tapadt vagy az állat által elfogyasztott, de a tápcsatornájából épségben (megemésztetlenül) előkerülő terjes...
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Az ültetvényerdők gazdasági jelentősége és kiterjedése világszerte növekszik, de természetvédelmi szempontból ritkán jelentenek értéket – különösen igaz ez a tájidegen fafajok állományaira. A legutóbbi évek kutatásai fényében viszont úgy tűnik, hogy a rendkívül apró magvaikkal a szelek szárnyán terjedő orchideák rendszeresen képesek megtelepedni a...
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Epipactis albensis Nováková et Rydlo (Orchidaceae), a species previously undocumented in the flora of Ukraine, was found in three localities in this country (in vicinity of Chetfalva, Fanchykovo and Drotyntsi, Zakarpattia district) in 2012. The species (originally described from the Czech Republic) recently has only been known to exist in seven Cen...
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The paper introduces the herbarium of Debrecen University (DE). All specimens of the herbarium were documented by digital photographs, and all data from the labels were entered into an Excel spreadsheet. The largest collection of Herbarium DE, the "Soó Rezső Herbarium" (abbreviation: SRH) consists of ca. 38.000 specimens from almost all European co...

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It was collected in the marshland El Rocío, Spain. It has a very strong seed coat. 
The attached pictures shows two pieces  from different angle of the same species. 
Thank you for the answers! 
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It was collected in the ricefields around Isla Major,  near to Doñana National Park, Spain. 
Thank you very much for your answers! 
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I'm searching for websites for seed traits. I know the LEDA database and other european sites, but i need information about North American and Asian wild plants. Mostly Cyperaceae. Thank you! 

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Birds provide multiple ecosystem services, but one of the most important is their role in plant dispersal. In recent decades, seed dispersal studies have focused on frugivory and seed caching, but some papers showed that granivorous waterbirds also have an important role in plant dispersal. Waterbirds can disperse plants in two ways: endozoochory and epizoochory, the former being more important. The main goal of our project is to examine what biological and environmental factors influence waterbird-plant dispersal interactions. Our general questions are, what plants can disperse via waterbirds, how do different species of waterbirds differ in their role as vectors, and how do patterns vary in time. In particular, we plan to investigate how waterbird-plant dispersal networks differ between primary (one vector only) and secondary (more than one vector, e.g. fish-eating birds) endozoochory, and the importance of the traits of the dispersed plants (e.g. seed traits) and their vectors (e.g. feeding method). We will also test plant establishment of the dispersed species. We will answer these questions through a combination of field sampling, laboratory measurements and experiments.
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The objective is to investigate the processes and mechanisms of zoochory involving aquatic organisms (plants, invertebrates and fish) and waterbirds, as well as the ecological and biogeographic implications of these relationships.