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I am interested in the ecology of lichen-forming fungi, focusing on the chemistry of lichen secondary metabolites (so-called lichen substances) and their habitat relationships. I am working with Hypogymnia physodes (L.) Nyl. originating from different environmental conditions. I use high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) to analyse the secondary products of this toxitolerant lichen species qualitatively and quantitatively.
I am also interested in the biological activities, the ecological roles, the harmful effects and the commercial uses of lichens and lichen substances, in addition, the diversity of the lichen flora in the Carpathian Basin, particularly in Hungary.
I am currently working on endolichenic and endophytic fungi with an aim to amplify and sequence their three ribosomal RNA-coding genes [mitochondrial ribosomal small subunit (mitSSU), nuclear ribosomal small and large subunits (nucSSU and nucLSU)] and two protein-coding genes [RPB1 (RNA polymerase II largest subunit) and RPB2 (RNA polymerase II second largest subunit)] for phylogenetic analysis.