New paper accepted in Science of the Total Environment

A new paper in collaboration with our colleagues from University of Novi Sad, Serbia (Department of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Science) was accepted for publication in Science of the Total Environment. It was long and complex, but finally successful scientific mission. We would  like to thank to all coauthors, but especially to dr Nada Tokodi and dr Damjana Drobac for all their effort. 

Tokodi N., Drobac D., Meriluoto J., Lujić J., Marinović Z., Važić T., Nybom S., Simeunović J., Dulić T., Lazić G., Petrović T., Vuković-Gačić B., Sunjog K., Klarević S., Kračun-Kolarević M., Subakov-Simić G., Miljanović B., Codd G.A., Svirčev Z. 2018. Cyanobacterial effects in Lake Ludoš, Serbia - is preservation of a degraded aquatic ecosystem justified? Science of the Total Environment

Abstract - Cyanobacteria are present in many aquatic ecosystems 51 in Serbia. Lake Ludoš, a wetland area of international significance and an important habitat for waterbirds, has become the subject of intense research interest because of practically continuous blooming of cyanobacteria. Analyses of water samples indicated a deterioration of ecological condition and water quality, and the presence of toxin-producing cyanobacteria (the most abundant Limnothrix redekei, Pseudanabaena limnetica, Planktothrix agardhii and Microcystis spp.). Furthermore, microcystins were detected in plants and animals from the lake: in macrophyte rhizomes (Phragmites communis, Typha latifolia and Nymphaea elegans), and in the muscle, intestines, kidneys, gonads and gills of fish (Carassius gibelio). Moreover, histopathological deleterious effects (liver, kidney, gills and intestines) and DNA damage (liver and gills) were observed in fish. A potential treatment for the reduction of cyanobacterial populations employing hydrogen peroxide was tested during this study. The treatment was not effective in laboratory tests although further in-lake trials are needed to make final conclusions about the applicability of the method. Based on our observations of the cyanobacterial populations and cyanotoxins in the water and other aquatic organisms and, a survey of historical data on Lake Ludoš, it can be concluded that the lake is continuously in a poor ecological state. Conservation of the lake in order to protect the waterbirds (without urgent control of eutrophication) actually endangers them and the rest of the biota in this wetland habitat, and possibly other ecosystems. Thus, urgent measures for restoration are required, so that the preservation of this Ramsar site would be meaningful.


3rd Conference of Young Biotechnologists, 28-29. March 2018

Timi, Eszti, Betti (our new collegue) and Dóri (master student of our group) have participated at the 3rd Conference of Young Biotechnologists organized at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.

  • Bernadett PATAKI, Csilla PELYHE, Erika ZÁNDOKI, Miklós MÉZES, Krisztián BALOGH. SHORT-TERM EFFECTS OF DON AND T-2 TOXIN CONTAMINATED FEED ON CARP JUVENILES. Conference of Young Biotechnologists, 28-29. March 2018 Book of Abstracts p. 14.
  • Dóra SZERÉNYI, Jelena LUJIĆ, Ákos HORVÁTH, Zoran MARINOVIĆ. SLOW COOLING AND VITRIFICATION OF EUROPIAN CATFISH (SILURUS GLANIS) TESTICULAR TISSUE.  Conference of Young Biotechnologists, 28-29. March 2018 Book of Abstracts p. 22.
  • Eszter KÁSA, Tímea KOLLÁR, Jelena LUJIĆ, Zoran MARINOVIĆ, Béla URBÁNYI, Ákos HORVÁTH. VITRIFICATION OF ZEBRAFISH (DANIO RERIO) GERM CELLS FOR GENE CONSERVATION PURPOSES. Conference of Young Biotechnologists, 28-29. March 2018 Book of Abstracts p. 69.

Timi, Eszti, Betti and Dóri
Dóri with her poster
Timi with her poster
Eszti with her poster
Betti during her presentation
Betti answering the questions of the audiance
Dóri during her presentation


HU-SRB Bilateral project "Invasive and blooming cyanobacteria in Serbian and Hungarian waters - a threat to fish?"

From March 14th until 17th, Eszti, Jelena and Ilija Šćekić (Master student in our group) were in Serbia as a part of our HU-SRB Bilateral project "Invasive and blooming cyanobacteria in Serbian and Hungarian waters - a threat to fish?".
In this project, we collaborate with our dear colleagues from the University of Novi Sad lead by prof. dr Zorica Svirčev. During their stay, they were hosted by colleagues from the Laboratory for Paleoenvironmental Research (LAPER) and Laboratory for Hydrobiology, Department of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Sciences, Novi Sad.
Our team had opportunity to visit Novi Sad Cyanobacterial Culture Collection (NSCCC) and Chamber for experimental research of BLOCDUST hypothesis that are part of LAPER long-term projects at the Department in Novi Sad.
The main goal of the visit was fieldwork and the first sampling of water, phytoplankton and fish on the Special Nature Reserve "Ludaš" for this year. Various fish tissues were collected for further histological analysis and examination of possible effects of continued water blooming that occurs in that lake.
After the successful field work, we got invitation to visit Palić Zoo where we were guests of Kristian Ovari, the main biologist at the Zoo. We spent nice time there in a friendly atmosphere; thank you Kristian.
We would also like to thank our hosts, especially dr Nada Tokodi, dr Damjana Drobac, Sándor Sipos and Nemanja Pankov for perfect organization, joint work and valuable support and help on the field.

Nemanja measuring physical-chemical parameters of the water
Nemanja taking water samples
Nemanja collecting phytoplankton
It is time for fish sampling
Sándor and Nemanja are ready...
...and go

Tissue collecting
Tissue collecting
Tissue collecting
Samples are ready
Chamber for experimental research of BLOCDUST hypothesis
Visit to the Department of Biology and Ecology with dr Desanka Kostić, dr Damjana Drobac and dr Nada Tokodi
Novi Sad Cyanobacterial Culture Collection (NSCCC)
Novi Sad Cyanobacterial Culture Collection (NSCCC)
Visit to Palić Zoo with our dear host Krstijan Ovari
Palić Zoo
Palić Zoo


New paper accepted in Fish Physiology and Biochemistry

A new paper in collaboration with our collegues from the Polish Academy of Sciences was accepted for publication in Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, entitled 'Optimisation of sodium and potassium concentrations and pH in the artificial seminal plasma of common carp Cyprinus carpio L.'.

Beata Irena Cejko, Ákos Horváth, Tímea Kollár, Eszter Kása, Jelena Lujić, Zoran Marinović, Béla Urbányi, Radosław Kajetan Kowalski
DOI: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10695-018-0491-3

The effect of sodium and potassium concentrations as well as optimal pH on the motility of common carp Cyprinus carpio L. sperm during shortterm storage in artificial seminal plasma (ASP) was investigated. Sperm was collected from individual males (n = 5) and each sample diluted tenfold (1:9) in ASP (sperm:extender) containing 2 mM CaCl2, 1 mM Mg2SO4 and 20 mM Tris at pH 8.0 and supplemented by the following concentrations of sodium and potassium (mM/mM): 0/150, 20/130, 40/ 110, 75/75, 110/40, 130/20 and 150/0. The osmolality of all ASP variants was set at 310 mOsm kg−1 . Sperm motility was measured using a CASA system during 72 h of storage. Immediately after dilution, sperm motility was high (90%) both in each variant and in the control group (fresh sperm). After 72-h storage, the highest sperm motility was noted in ASP containing 110 mM NaCl and 40 mM KCl. No differences were found in the motility of samples preserved within the pH range of 7.0–9.0. Our data suggest that for the short-term storage of common carp sperm, whereas the pH of the solution does not play a crucial role, a specific potassium concentration of around 40 mM is required.


23rd Biotechnology Conference in Serbia

On 9th and 10th March our team participated at the 23rd Biotechnology Conference organized by Agronomy Faculty, University of Kragujevac, Serbia. We used the opportunity to present the results of our current project.
Lujić J., Marinović Z., Kása E., Šćekić I., Urbányi B., Horváth Á. "Surrogate production in freshwater fish", 23rd Biotechnology Conference, 9-10.March 2018; Čačak, Serbia.pp.123.

Opening ceremony
Opening ceremony

Jelena, Zoran and Ilija during poster section
Jelena presenting our work in poster section
Visit the monastery near Čačak with our colleagues from FYR Macedonia and University from Skopje
Dinner with colleagues from Serbia, FYR Macedonia and Bosnia and Hercegovina
With our friends from University of Tuzla (Bosnia and Hercegovina) and University of Kragujevac (Serbia)