Centre for Ecological Research

Institute of Ecology and Botany

"Lendület" Landscape and Conservation Ecology

Publications of Balázs Deák

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  • Deák, B., Kovács, B., Rádai, Z., Apostolova, I., Kelemen, A., Kiss, R., Lukács, K., Palpurina, S., Sopotlieva, D., Báthori, F. & Valkó, O. 2021. Linking environmental heterogeneity and plant diversity: The ecological role of small natural features in homogeneous landscapes. - Science of the Total Environment 763: 144199. pdf

  • Deák, B., Rádai, Z., Bátori, Z., Kelemen, A., Lukács, K., Kiss, R., Maák, I.E. & Valkó, O. 2021. Ancient burial mounds provide safe havens for grassland specialist plants in transformed landscapes — a trait-based analysis. - Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 9: 619812 pdf

  • Lampinen, j., ..., Deák, B., et al. (29 authors) 2021. Acceptance of near-natural greenspace management relates to ecological and socio-cultural assigned values among European urbanites. - Basic and Applied Ecology 50: 119–131. pdf

  • Valkó, O., Tölgyesi, Cs., Kelemen, A., Bátori, Z., Gallé, R., Rádai, Z., Bragina, T.M., Bragin, Y.A. & Deák, B. 2021. Steppe Marmot (Marmota bobak) as ecosystem engineer in arid steppes. - Journal of Arid Environments 184: 104244. pdf


  • Bátori, Z., Lőrinczi, G., Tölgyesi, C., Módra, G., Juhász, O., Joy, D., Vojtkó, A., Valkó, O., Deák, B., Erdős L. & Maák, I.E. 2020. Karstic microrefugia host functionally specific ant assemblages. - Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 8: 482. pdf

  • Deák, B., Rádai, Z., Lukács, K., Kelemen, A., Kiss, R., Bátori, Z., Kiss, J.P. & Valkó, O. 2020. Fragmented dry grasslands preserve unique components of plant species and phylogenetic diversity in agricultural landscapes. - Biodiversity and Conservation 14: 40914110. pdf

  • Deák, B., Valkó, O., Tóth, C.A., Botos, Á. & Novák, T. 2020. Legacies of past land use challenge grassland recovery – An example from dry grasslands on ancient burial mounds. - Nature Conservation 39: 113132. pdf

  • Deák, B., Valkó, O., Nagy D.D., Török, P., Torma, A., Lőrinczi, G., Kelemen, A., Nagy, A., Bede, Á., Mizser, Sz., Csathó, A.I. & Tóthmérész, B. 2020. Habitat islands outside nature reserves – threatened biodiversity hotspots of grassland specialist plant and arthropod species. - Biological Conservation 241: 108254. pdf

  • Fischer, L.K., Neuenkamp L., Lampinen, J., Tuomi, M., Alday, J.G., Cancellieri, L., Casado-Arzuaga, I., Čeplová, N., Cerveró, L., Deák, B., Eriksson, O., Fellowes, M.D.E., Fernández De Manuel, B., Filibeck, G., González-Guzmán, A., Hinojosa, M.B., Kowarik, I., Lampei Bucharová, A., Lumbierres, B., Pons, X., Rodríguez-García, E., Schröder, R., Sperandii, M.G., Unterweger, P., Valkó, O., Vázquez, V. & Klaus, V.H. 2020. Public attitudes toward biodiversity friendly greenspace management in Europe. - Conservation Letters 13: e12718. pdf

  • Valkó, O., Deák, B., Török, P., Tóth, K., Kiss, R., Kelemen, A., Miglécz, T., Sonkoly, J. & Tóthmérész, B. 2020. Dynamics in vegetation and seed bank composition highlight the importance of post-restoration management in sown grasslands. - Restoration Ecology 13192 pdf

  • Valkó, O., Lukács, K., Deák, B., Kiss, R., Miglécz, T., Tóth, K., Tóth, Á., Godó, L., Radócz, Sz., Sonkoly, J., Kelemen, A. & Tóthmérész, B. 2020. Laundry washing increases dispersal efficiency of cloth-dispersed propagules. NeoBiota 61: 1–16. pdf

  • Kiss, R., Deák, B., Tóthmérész, B., Miglécz, T., Tóth, K., Török, P., Lukács, K., Godó, L., Körmöczi, Zs., Radócz, Sz., Kelemen, A., Sonkoly, J., Kirmer, A., Tischew, S., Švamberková, E. & Valkó, O. 2020. Establishment gaps: biodiversity hotspots to support the colonization of target species in species-poor grasslands. - Restoration Ecology pdf

  • Labadessa, R., Deák, B. & Valkó, O. 2020. No need for grazing exclusion – Sheep grazing supports the recovery of grasslands even from the early successional stages. - Tuexenia 40: 429443. pdf

  • Szabó, L., Deák, B., Bíró, T., Dyke, G.J. & Szabó, Sz. 2020. NDVI as a Proxy for Estimating Sedimentation and Vegetation Spread in Artificial Lakes – Monitoring of Spatial and Temporal Changes by Using Satellite Images Overarching Three Decades. - Remote Sensing 12: 1468. pdf

  • Tölgyesi, C., Török, P., Hábenczyus, A.A., Bátori, Z., Valkó, O., Deák, B., Tóthmérész, B., Erdős, L. & Kelemen, A. 2020. Underground deserts below fertility islands? – Woody species desiccate lower soil layers in sandy drylands. - Ecography 43: 848–859 pdf

  • Bátori, Z., Kiss, P.J., Tölgyesi, C., Deák, B., Valkó, O., Török, P., Erdős, L., Tóthmérész, B. & Kelemen, A. 2020. River embankments mitigate the loss of grassland biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. - River Research and Applications 36: 1160–1170. pdf

  • E.-Vojtkó, A., Balogh, N., Deák, B., Kelemen, A., Kis, Sz., Kiss, R., Lovas-Kiss, Á., Löki, V., Lukács, K., Molnár V., A., Nagy, T., Sonkoly, J., Süveges, K., Takács, A., Tóth, E., Tóth, K., Tóthmérész, B., Török, P., Valkó, O., Vojtkó, A. & Lukács, B.A. 2020. Leaf trait records of vascular plant species in the Pannonian flora with special focus on endemics and rarities. - Folia Geobotanica 55: 73–79. pdf

  • Kovácsné Koncz, N., Béri, B., Deák, B., Kelemen, A., Tóth, K., Kiss, R., Radócz, Sz., Miglécz, T., Tóthmérész, B. & Valkó, O. 2020. Meat production and maintaining biodiversity: Grazing by traditional and crossbred beef cattle breeds in marshes and grasslands. - Applied Vegetation Science 23: 139148. pdf

  • Riba, M., Kiss, A., Gonda, S., Parizsa, P., Deák, B., Török, P., Valkó, O. & Vasas, G. 2020. Chemotyping of terrestrial Nostoc isolates from alkali grassland areas by non-targeted peptide analysis. - Algal Research 46: 101798. pdf


  • Löki, V., Deák, B., Lukács, B.A. & Molnár V.A. 2019. Biodiversity potential of burial places – a review on the flora and fauna of cemeteries and churchyards. - Global Ecology and Conservation 18: e00614. pdf

  • Kelemen, A., Tölgyesi, C., Valkó, O., Deák, B., Miglécz, T., Fekete, R., Török, P., Balogh, N. & Tóthmérész, B. 2019. Density-dependent plant-plant interactions triggered by grazing. - Frontiers in Plant Science 10: 876. pdf

  • Torma, A., Császár, P., Bozsó, M., Deák, B., Valkó, O., Kiss, O. & Gallé, R. 2019. Species and functional diversity of arthropod assemblages (Araneae, Carabidae, Heteroptera and Orthoptera) in grazed and mown salt grasslands. - Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 273: 7079. pdf

  • Szabó, L., Burai, P., Deák, B., Dyke, G. & Szabó, Sz. 2019. Assessing the efficiency of multispectral satellite and airborne hyperspectral images for land cover mapping in an aquatic environment with emphasis on the water caltrop (Trapa natans). - International Journal of Remote Sensing 40: 51925215. pdf

  • Deák, B., Becker, T., Boch, S., Dengler, J. & Wagner, V. 2019. Restoration, monitoring, conservation and phytosociology of semi-natural and natural grasslands in Central Europe – Editorial to the 14th EDGG Special Feature. - Tuexenia 39: 309–313. pdf

  • Fantinato, E., Sonkoly, J., Silan, G., Valkó, O., Tóthmérész, B., Deák, B., Kelemen, A., Miglécz, T., Del Vecchio, S., Bettiol, F., Buffa, G. & Török, P. 2019. Pollination and dispersal trait spectra recover faster than growth form spectrum during the spontaneous succession in sandy old-fields. - Applied Vegetation Science 22: 435443. pdf


  • Deák, B., Valkó, O., Török, P., Kelemen, A., Bede, Á., Csathó, A.I. & Tóthmérész, B. 2018. Landscape and habitat filters jointly drive richness and abundance of grassland specialist plants in terrestrial habitat islands. - Landscape Ecology 33: 11171132. pdf

  • Godó, L., Tóthmérész, B., Valkó, O., Tóth, K., Radócz, S., Kiss, R., Kelemen, A., Török, P., Švamberková, E. & Deák, B. 2018. Ecosystem engineering by foxes is mediated by isolation in grassland fragments. - Ecology and Evolution 8: 70447054. pdf

  • Deák, B., Becker, T., Boch, S. & Wagner, V. 2018. Conservation, management and restoration of semi-natural and natural grasslands in Central-Europe – Editorial to the 13th EDGG Special Feature. - Tuexenia 38: 305310. pdf

  • Sonkoly, J., Kelemen, A., Valkó, O., Deák, B., Kiss, R., Tóth, K., Tóthmérész, B. & Török, P. 2018. Both mass ratio effects and community diversity drive biomass production in a grassland experiment. - Scientific Reports 9: 1848. pdf

  • Tölgyesi, C., Valkó, O., Deák, B., Kelemen, A., Bragina, T. M., Gallé, R., Erdős, L. & Bátori, Z. 2018. Tree–herb co-existence and community assembly in natural forest-steppe transitions. - Plant Ecology and Diversity 11: 465477. pdf

  • Tälle, M., Deák, B., Poschlod, P., Valkó, O., Westerberg, L. & Milberg, P. 2018. Similar effects of different mowing frequencies on the conservation value of semi-natural grasslands in Europe. - Biodiversity and Conservation 10: 24512475. pdf

  • Valkó, O., Tóth, K., Kelemen, A., Miglécz, T., Radócz, S., Sonkoly, J., Tóthmérész, B., Török, P. & Deák, B. 2018. Cultural heritage and biodiversity conservation – Plant introduction and practical restoration on ancient burial mounds. - Nature Conservation 24: 6580.pdf

  • Kiss, R., Deák, B., Török, P., Tóthmérész, B. & Valkó, O. 2018. Grassland seed bank and community resilience in a changing climate. - Restoration Ecology 26: S141S150. pdf

  • Bátori, Z., Erdős, L., Kelemen, A., Deák, B., Valkó, O., Gallé, R., Bragina, T. M., Kiss, P.J., Kröel-Dulay, G. & Tölgyesi, C. 2018. Diversity patterns in sandy forest-steppes – a comparative study from the western and central Palaearctic. - Biodiversity and Conservation 27: 10111030. pdf

  • Dengler, J. et al. 2018. GrassPlot–a database of multi-scale plant diversity in Palaearctic grasslands. - Phytocoenologia 48: 331347. pdf

  • Valkó, O., Kelemen, A., Miglécz, T., Török, P., Deák, B., Tóth, K., Tóth, J.P. & Tóthmérész, B. 2018. Litter removal does not compensate detrimental fire effects on biodiversity in regularly burned semi-natural grasslands. - Science of the Total Environment 622623: 783789. pdf

  • Török P., Kelemen A.,Valkó O., Miglécz T., Tóth K., Tóth E., Sonkoly J., Kiss R., Csecserits A., Rédei T., Deák B., Szűcs P., Varga N. & Tóthmérész B. 2018. Succession in soil seed banks and implications for restoration of calcareous sand grasslands. - Restoration Ecology 26: S134S140. pdf

  • Tóth, E., Deák, B., Valkó, O., Kelemen, A., Miglécz, T., Tóthmérész, B. & Török, P. 2018. Livestock type is more crucial than grazing intensity: Traditional cattle and sheep grazing in short-grass steppes. - Land Degradation & Development 29: 231239. pdf


  • Deák, B., Tölgyesi, Cs., Kelemen, A., Bátori, Z., Gallé, R., Bragina, T.M., Abil, Y.A. & Valkó, O. 2017. The effects of micro-habitats and grazing intensity on the vegetation of burial mounds in the Kazakh steppes. - Plant Ecology and Diversity 10: 509520. pdf

  • Deák, B., Wagner, V., Csecserits, A. & Becker, T. 2017. Vegetation and conservation of Central-European grasslands – Editorial to the 12th EDGG Special Feature. - Tuexenia 37:375378. pdf

  • Godó L., Valkó O., Tóthmérész B., Török P., Kelemen A. & Deák B. 2017. Scale-dependent effects of grazing on the species richness of alkaline and sand grasslands. - Tuexenia 37: 229–246. pdf

  • Valkó, O., Deák, B., Török, P., Kelemen, A., Miglécz, T. & Tóthmérész, B. 2017. Filling up the gaps - Passive restoration does work on linear landscape scars. - Ecological Engineering 102: 501–508. pdf

  • Sonkoly, J., Deák, B., Valkó, O., Molnár, V.A., Tóthmérész, B. & Török, P. 2017. Do rare herbs have large seeds? Seed size - distribution range trade-off hypothesis. - Ecology and Evolution 7: 11204–11212. pdf

  • Kelemen A., Tóthmérész B., Valkó O., Miglécz T., Deák B. & Török P. 2017. Old-field succession revisited - New aspects revealed by trait-based analyses of perennial-crop-mediated succession. - Ecology and Evolution 7: 2432–2440.pdf

  • Sonkoly J., Valkó O., Deák B., Miglécz T., Tóth K., Radócz Sz., Kelemen A., Riba M., Vasas G., Tóthmérész B. & Török P. 2017. A new aspect of grassland vegetation dynamics: cyanobacterium colonies affect establishment success of plants. - Journal of Vegetation Science 28: 475–483. pdf


  • Deák B., Valkó O., Török P. & Tóthmérész B. 2016. Factors threatening grassland specialist plants - A multi-proxy study on the vegetation of isolated grasslands. Biological Conservation 204: 255–262.pdf

  • Deák, B., Hüse, B. & Tóthmérész, B. 2016. Grassland vegetation in urban habitats – Testing ecological theories. - Tuexenia 36: 379–393. pdf

  • Becker, T., Csecserits, A., Deák, B., Janišová, M., Sutcliffe, L. & Wagner, V. 2016. Different approarches in grassland analysis – Editorial to the 11th EDGG Grassland Special Feature. - Tuexenia 36: 287–291. pdf

  • Hüse, B., Szabó, Sz., Deák, B. & Tóthmérész, B. 2016. Mapping ecological network of green habitat patches and their role in maintaining urban biodiversity in and around Debrecen city (Eastern Hungary). - Land Use Policy 57: 574–581.pdf

  • Deák, B., Tóthmérész, B., Valkó, O., Sudnik-Wójcikowska, B., Bragina, T.-M., Moysiyenko, I., Apostolova, I., Bykov, N., Dembicz, I. & Török, P. 2016. Cultural monuments and nature conservation: The role of kurgans in maintaining steppe vegetation. - Biodiversity & Conservation 25: 2473–2490. pdf

  • Tälle, M., Deák, B., Poschlod, P., Valkó, O., Vesterberg, L. & Milberg, P. 2016. Grazing vs. mowing: a meta-analysis of biodiversity benefits for grassland management. - Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 15: 200–212. pdf

  • Valkó, O., Deák, B., Magura, T., Török, P., Kelemen, A., Tóth, K., Horváth, R., Nagy, D.D., Debnár, Zs., Zsigrai, Gy., Kapocsi, I. & Tóthmérész, B. 2016. Supporting biodiversity by prescribed burning in grasslands – A multi-taxa approach. - Science of the Total Environment 572: 1377–1384. pdf

  • Valkó, O., Deák, B., Török, P., Kirmer, A., Tishew, S., Kelemen, A., Tóth, K., Miglécz, T., Radócz, Sz., Sonkoly, J., Tóth, E., Kiss, R., Kapocsi, I. & Tóthmérész, B. 2016. High-diversity sowing in establishment windows: a promising new tool for enhancing grassland biodiversity. - Tuexenia 36: 359–378. pdf

  • Végvári, Zs., Valkó, O., Deák, B., Török, P., Konyhás, S. & Tóthmérész, B. 2016. Effects of land use and wildfires on the habitat selection of Great Bustard (Otis tarda L.) – Implications for species conservation. - Land Degradation & Development 27: 910–918. pdf

  • Kelemen, A., Valkó, O., Kröel-Dulay, Gy., Deák, B., Török, P., Tóth, K., Miglécz, T. & Tóthmérész, B. 2016. The invasion of common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) in sandy old-fields – Is it a threat to the native flora? - Applied Vegetation Science 19: 218–224. pdf

  • Kiss, O., Tokody, B., Deák, B. & Moskát, Cs. 2016. Increased landscape heterogeneity supports the conservation of European rollers (Coracias garrulus) in southern Hungary. - Journal for Nature Conservation 29: 97–104. abstract

  • Alexander, C., Deák, B. & Heilmeier H. 2016. Micro-topography driven vegetation patterns in open mosaic landscapes. - Ecological Indicators 60: 906–920. abstract

  • Török, P., Valkó, O., Deák, B., Kelemen, A., Tóth, E. & Tóthmérész, B. 2016. Managing for composition or species diversity? – Pastoral and year-round grazing systems in alkali grasslands. - Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 234: 23–30. pdf


  • Miglécz, T., Valkó, O., Török, P., Deák, B., Kelemen, A., Donkó, Á., Drexler, D. & Tóthmérész, B. 2015. Establishment of three cover crop mixtures in vineyards. - Scientia Horticulturae 196: 117–123. pdf

  • Alexander, C., Deák, B., Kania, A., Mücke, W. & Heilmeier, H. 2015. Classification of vegetation in an open landscape using full-waveform airborne laser scanner data. - Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 41: 76–87. abstract

  • Burai, P., Deák, B., Valkó, O. & Tomor, T. 2015. Classification of herbaceous vegetation using airborne hyperspectral imagery. - Remote Sensing 7: 2046–2066. pdf

  • Deák, B., Valkó, O., Török, P., Kelemen, A., Miglécz, T., Szabó, Sz., Szabó, G. & Tóthmérész, B. 2015. Micro-topographic heterogeneity increases plant diversity in old stages of restored grasslands. - Basic and Applied Ecology 16: 291–299. pdf

  • Deák, B., Valkó, O., Török, P., Kelemen, A., Tóth, K., Miglécz, T. & Tóthmérész, B. 2015. Reed cut, habitat diversity and productivity in wetlands. - Ecological Complexity 22: 121–125. pdf

  • Kelemen, A., Török, P., Valkó, O., Deák, B., Tóth, K. & Tóthmérész, B. 2015. Both facilitation and limiting similarity shape the species coexistence in dry alkali grasslands. - Ecological Complexity 21: 34–38. pdf

  • Zlinszky, A., Deák, B., Kania, A., Schroiff, A. & Pfeifer, N. 2015. Mapping Natura 2000 Habitat Conservation Status in a Pannonic Salt Steppe with Airborne Laser Scanning. - Remote Sensing 7: 2991–3019. pdf


  • Deák, B., Valkó, O., Alexander, C., Mücke, W., Kania, A., Tamás, J. & Heilmeier, H. 2014. Fine-scale vertical position as an indicator of vegetation in alkali grasslands - case study based on remotely sensed data. - Flora 209: 693–697. abstract

  • Zlinszky, A., Schroiff, A., Kania, A., Deák, B., Mücke, W., Vári, Á., Székely, B. & Pfeifer N. 2014. Categorizing Grassland Vegetation with Full-waveform Airborne Laser Scanning: a Feasibility Study for Detecting Natura 2000 Habitat Types. - Remote Sensing 6: 8056–8087. pdf

  • Török, P., Valkó, O., Deák, B., Kelemen, A. & Tóthmérész, B. 2014. Traditional cattle grazing in a mosaic alkali landscape: Effects on grassland biodiversity along a moisture gradient. - PLoS ONE e97095. pdf

  • Deák, B., Valkó, O., Török, P. & Tóthmérész, B. 2014. Solonetz meadow vegetation (Beckmannion eruciformis) in East-Hungary - an alliance driven by moisture and salinity. - Tuexenia 34: 187–203. pdf

  • Deák, B., Valkó, O., Török, P., Végvári, Zs., Hartel, T., Schmotzer, A., Kapocsi, I. & Tóthmérész B. 2014. Grassland fires in Hungary – A problem or a potential alternative management tool? - Applied Ecology and Environmental Research 12: 267–283. pdf

  • Kelemen, A., Török, P., Valkó, O., Deák, B., Miglécz, T., Tóth, K., Ölvedi, T. & Tóthmérész, B. 2014. Sustaining recovered grasslands is not likely without proper management: vegetation changes and large-scale evidences after cessation of mowing. - Biodiversity & Conservation 23: 741–751. pdf

  • Valkó, O., Török, P., Deák, B. & Tóthmérész, B. 2014. Prospects and limitations of prescribed burning as a management tool in European grasslands. - Basic and Applied Ecology 15: 26–33. pdf

  • Albert, Á.-J., Kelemen, A., Valkó, O., Miglécz, T., Csecserits, A., Rédei, T., Deák, B., Tóthmérész, B. & Török P. 2014. Secondary succession in sandy old-fields: A promising example of spontaneous grassland recovery. - Applied Vegetation Science 17: 214–224. pdf


  • Mücke, W., Deák, B., Schroiff, A., Hollaus, M. & Pfeifer N. 2013. Estimation of dead wood using small footprint airborne laser scanning data. - Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 39: 32–40. abstract


  • Török, P., Miglécz, T., Valkó, O., Kelemen, A., Deák, B., Lengyel, Sz. & Tóthmérész, B. 2012. Recovery of native grass biodiversity by sowing on former croplands: Is weed suppression a feasible goal for grassland restoration? - Journal for Nature Conservation 20: 41–48. pdf


  • Deák, B., Valkó, O., Kelemen, A., Török, P. Miglécz, T., Ölvedi, T., Lengyel, Sz. & Tóthmérész, B. 2011. Litter and graminoid biomass accumulation suppresses weedy forbs in grassland restoration. - Plant Biosystems 145: 730–737.pdf

  • Török, P., Kelemen, A., Valkó, O., Deák, B., Lukács, B. & Tóthmérész, B. 2011. Lucerne dominated fields recover native grass diversity without intensive management actions. - Journal of Applied Ecology 48: 257–264.pdf

  • Török, P., Vida, E., Deák, B., Lengyel, Sz. & Tóthmérész, B. 2011. Grassland restoration on former croplands in Europe: an assessment of applicability of techniques and costs. - Biodiversity & Conservation 20: 2311–2332.pdf


  • Török, P., Deák, B., Vida, E., Valkó, O., Lengyel, Sz. & Tóthmérész, B. 2010. Restoring grassland biodiversity: Sowing low-diversity seed mixtures can lead to rapid favourable changes. Biological Conservation 143: 806–812. pdf

  • Vida, E., Valkó, O., Kelemen, A., Török, P., Deák, B., Miglécz, T., Lengyel, Sz. & Tóthmérész, B. 2010. Early vegetation development after grassland restoration by sowing low-diversity seed mixtures in former sunflower and cereal fields. - Acta Biologica Hungarica 61: 246–255.pdf