Anikó Kovács-Hostyánszki

research associate professor

As member of the Lendület Ecosystem Services Research Group my research work focuses mainly on wild bees and pollination ecology. I study the effects of agricultural management at local and landscape scales, plant invasion and set-aside management on agrobiodiversity with a special focus on pollinators. I work on plant-pollinator networks and availability, temporal and spatial change of flower resources for honeybees (beepastures). Participation in science-policy interface (e.g. IPBES) and knowledge dissemination for public are important parts of my job.

Selected publications:


  • Vári, A., Tanács, E., Tormáné Kovács, E., Kalóczkai, A., … Kovács-Hostyánszki, A. (2022) National ecosystem services assessment in Hungary – framework, process and conceptual questions. Sustainability, 14, 12847.

  • Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Szigeti, V., Miholcsa, Z., Sándor, D., Soltész, Z., Török, E., Fenesi, A. (2022) Threats and benefits of invasive alien plant species on pollinators. Basic and Applied Ecology, 64, 89-102.

  • Báldi, A., Pellaton, R., Bihaly, A.D., Szigeti, V., Lellei-Kovács, E., Máté, A., Sárospataki, M., Soltész, Z., Somay, L., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A. (2022) Improving ecosystem services in farmlands: beginning of a long-term ecological study with restored flower-rich grasslands. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, 8, 2090449.

  • Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Piross, I.S., Shebl, M.A. (2022) Non-native plant species integrate well into plant-pollinator networks in a diverse man-made flowering plant community. Urban Ecosystems, Paper 01242. 12 p.


  • Csákvári, E., Fabók, V., Bartha, S., …. Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Báldi, A. (2021) Conservation biology research priorities for 2050: A Central-Eastern European perspective. Biological Conservation, 264, 109396.

  • Dicks, L.V., Breeze, T.D., Ngo, H.T., …Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., … Potts, S.G. (2021) A global-scale expert assessment of drivers and risks associated with pollinator decline. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 5, 1453–1461.

  • Garratt, M.P.D., de Groot, G.A., Albrecht, M., …Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., … Zhusupbaeva, A. (2021) Opportunities to reduce pollination deficits and address production shortfalls in an important insect pollinated crop. Ecological Applications, 31, e02445.

  • Hutchinson, L.A., Oliver, T.H., Breeze, T.D., … Kovács-Hostányszki, A., … Garrat, M.P.D. (2021) Using ecological and field survey data to establish a national list of the wild bee pollinators of crops. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 315, 107447.

  • Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Soltész, Z., Szigeti, V., Somay, L., Báldi, A. (2021) Non-rotational set-aside fields improve reproductive success of cavity-nesting bees and wasps at the landscape scale, but have no effect on other wild bees and hoverflies in mid-summer. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 308, 107255.

  • Bihaly, A. D.*, KovácsHostyánszki, A.*, Szalai, M., Sárospataki, M. (2021) Nesting activity of cavitynesting bees and wasps is lower in smallscale apple orchards compared to nearby seminatural habitats. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, 23, 49–58. *shared first authorship


  • Szigeti, V., Fenesi, A., Soltész, Z., Berki, B., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A. (2020) Neutral effect of an invasive plant species with specialized flower structure on native pollinator communities. Biological Invasions, 22: 3017-3030.

  • Růžičková, J., Kádár, F., Szalkovszki, O., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Báldi, A., Elek, Z. (2020) Scale-dependent environmental filtering of ground-dwelling predators in winter wheat and adjacent set-aside areas in Hungary. Journal of Insect Conservation, 24: 751-763.

  • Elek, Z., Růžičková, J., Ádám, R., Bereczki, K., Boros, G., Kádár, F., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Somay, L., Szalkovszki, O., Báldi, A. (2020) Mixed effects of ecological intensification on natural pest control providers: a short-term study for biotic homogenization in winter wheat fields. Peer J, 8: e8746.

  • Cole, L.J., Kleijn, D., Dicks, L.V., …Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., …Scheper, J. (2020) A critical analysis of the potential for EU Common Agricultural Policy measures to support wild pollinators on farmland. Journal of Applied Ecology, 57, 681-694.

  • Ruckelshaus, M.H., Jackson, S.T., Mooney, H.A., …Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., …Ouyang, Z. (2020) The IPBES global assessment: Pathways to action. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 35, 407-414.

  • Ekroos, J., Kleijn, D., Batáry, P., Albrecht, M., Báldi, A., Blüthgen, N., Knop, E., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Smith, H.G. (2020) High land-use intensity in grasslands constrains wild bee species richness in Europe. Biological Conservation, 241: 108255.


  • Martin, E. A., Dainese, M., Clough, Y., …KovácsHostyánszki, A.,…Steffan-Dewenter, I. (2019) The interplay of landscape composition and configuration: new pathways to manage functional biodiversity and agroecosystem services across Europe. Ecology Letters, 22, 1083-1094.

  • Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Földesi, R., Báldi, A., Endrédi, A., Jordán, F. (2019) The vulnerability of plant-pollinator communities to honeybee decline: A comparative network analysis in different habitat types. Ecological Indicators, 97, 35-50.


  • Kőrösi, A., Markó, V., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Somay, L., Varga, A., Elek, Z., Boreux, V., Klein, A.M., Földesi, R., Báldi, A. (2018) Climate-induced phenological shift of apple trees has diverse effects on pollinators, herbivores and natural enemies. PeerJ 6:e5269.


  • Gagic, V., Kleijn, D., Báldi, A. …Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., …Bommarco, R. (2017) Combined effects of agrochemicals and ecosystem services on crop yield across Europe. Ecology Letters, 20, 1427–1436.

  • Markó, V., Elek, Z., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Kőrösi, Á., Somay, L., Földesi, R., Varga, A., Iván, A., Báldi, A. (2017) Landscapes, orchards, pesticides – abundance of beetles (Coleoptera) in apple orchards along pesticide toxicity and landscape complexity gradients. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 247, 246-254.

  • Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Espíndola, A., Vanbergen, A.J., Settele, J., Kremen, C., Dicks, L.V. (2017) Ecological intensification to mitigate impacts of conventional intensive land use on pollinators and pollination. Ecology Letters, 20, 673-689.


  • Lüscher, G., Ammari, Y., Andriets, A., … Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., …Zanetti, T. (2016) Farmland biodiversity and agricultural management on 237 farms in 13 European and two African regions. Ecology, 97, 1625.

  • Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Földesi, R., Mózes, E., Szirák, A., Fischer, J., Hanspach, J., Báldi, A. (2016) Conservation of pollinators in traditional agricultural landscapes – New challenges in Transylvania (Romania) posed by EU accession and recommendations for future research. Plos One, 11(6): e0151650.

  • Tóth, Z., Hornung, E., Báldi, A., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A. (2016) Effects of set-aside management on soil macrodecomposers in Hungary. Applied Soil Ecology 99, 89-97.

  • Földesi, R.*, Kovács-Hostyánszki, A.*, Kőrösi, A., Somay, L, Elek, Z., Markó, V., Sárospataki, M., Bakos, R., Varga, A., Nyisztor, K., Báldi, A. (2016) Relationships between wild bees, hoverflies and pollination success in apple orchards with different landscape contexts. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, 18, 68-75. *shared first authorship

  • Geijzendorffer, I.R., Targetti, S., Schneider, M.K., …Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Herzog, F. (2016) How much would it cost to monitor farmland biodiversity in Europe? Journal of Applied Ecology, 53, 140-149.


  • Báldi, A., Somay, L., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A. (2015) Wintering farmland bird assemblages in West Hungary. Polish Journal of Ecology, 63, 608-615.

  • Fenesi, A., Vágási, C.I., Beldean, M., Földesi, R., Kolcsár, L-P., Shapiro, J.T., Török, E., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A. (2015) Solidago canadensis impacts on native plant and pollinator communities in different-aged old fields. Basic and Applied Ecology, 6, 335-346.

  • Lüscher, G., Jeanneret, P., Schneider, M.K., …Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., …Herzog, F. (2015) Strikingly high effect of geographic location on fauna and flora of European agricultural grasslands. Basic and Applied Ecology 16, 281-290.

  • Sutcliffe, L:M.E., Batáry, P., Kormann, U., ….Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., ….Tscharntke, T. (2015) Harnessing the biodiversity value of Central and Eastern European farmland. Diversity and Distributions 21, 722–730.


  • Hanspach, J., Hartel, T., Milcu, A., Mikulcak, F., Dorresteijn, I., Loos, J., von Wehrden, H., Kuemmerle, T., Abson, D., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Báldi, A., Fischer, F. (2014) A holistic approach to studying social-ecological systems and its application to Southern Transylvania. Ecology and Society 19, 32.

  • Schneider, M.K., Lüscher, G., Jeanneret, P., …Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., …Herzog, F. (2014) Gains to species diversity in organically farmed fields are not propagated at the farm level. Nature Communications 5, 4151.

  • Lüscher, G., Jeanneret, P., Schneider, M.K., …Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., …Herzog, F. (2014) Responses of plants, earthworms, spiders and bees to geographiclocation, agricultural management and surrounding landscape inEuropean arable fields. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 186, 124-134.

  • Haenke, S., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Fründ, J., Batáry, P., Jauker, B., Tscharntke, T., Holzschuh, A. (2014) Landscape-scale configuration of crops, forest edges and hedgerows affect local syrphid fly abundance in semi-natural habitat and adjacent crop fields. Journal of Applied Ecology 51, 505-513.


  • Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Haenke, S., Batáry, P., Jauker, B., Báldi, A., Tscharntke, T., Holzschuh, A. (2013) Contrasting effects of mass-flowering crops on bee pollination of hedge plants at different spatial and temporal scales. Ecological Applications 23, 1938-1946.

  • Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Elek, Z., Balázs, K., Centeri, C., Falusi, E., Jeanneret, P., Penksza, K., Podmaniczky, L., Szalkovszki, O., Báldi, A. (2013) Earthworms, spiders and bees as indicators of habitat and management in a low-input farming region - a whole farm approach. Ecological Indicators 33, 111-120.


  • Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Báldi, A.(2012) Set-aside fields in agri-environment schemes can replace the market-driven abolishment of fallows. Biological Conservation 152, 196-203.

  • Batáry, P., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Fischer, C., Tscharntke, T., Holzschuh, A. Contrasting effect of isolation of hedges from forests on farmland vs. woodland birds. Community Ecology 13, 155-161.


  • Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Kőrösi, A., Orci, K.M., Batáry, P., Báldi, A. (2011) Set-aside promotes insect and plant diversity in a Central European country. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 141, 296-301.

  • Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Batáry, P., Báldi, A. (2011) Local and landscape effects on bee communities of Hungarian winter cereal fields. Agriculture and Forest Entomology 13, 59-66.

  • Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Batáry, P., Báldi, A., Harnos, A. (2011) Interaction of local and landscape features in the conservation of Hungarian arable weed diversity. Applied Vegetation Science 14, 40-48.

  • Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Batáry, P., Peach, W.J, Báldi, A. (2011) Effects of fertilizer application on summer usage of cereal fields by farmland birds in Central Hungary. Bird Study 58, 330-337.


  • Kleijn, D., Kohler, F., Báldi, A., Batáry, P., Concepcion, E.D., Clough, Y., Diaz, M., Gabriel, D., Holzschuh, A., Knop, E., Kovács, A., Marshall, E.J.P., Tscharntke, T., Verhulst, J. (2009) On the relationship between farmland biodiversity and land-use intensity in Europe. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276, 903-909.


  • Batáry, P., Kovács, A., Báldi, A. (2008) Management effects on carabid beetles and spiders in Central Hungarian grasslands and cereal fields. Community Ecology 9, 247-254.



2021-2023 Strengthening Pollinator Recovery through INdicators and monitorinG (SPRING)

2017 - 2021 Inváziós növényfajok jellegspecifikus hatásai az őshonos növény és beporzó közösségekre, és méhészek általi használatuk különböző tér- és időskálán (NKFI FK123813)


2020 - 2024 Analysing spatial patterns of ecosystem services and condition under anthropogenic pressure and climate change (OTKA 134329)

2018 - 2022 Developing SUstainable PERmanent Grassland systems and policies (Super-G - András BÁLDI, DSc, member of the Academia Europaea)

2018 - 2021 IPBES 2.0: Facilitating Hungarian contribution to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (ED_18-1-2018-0003 (2116) - András BÁLDI, DSc, member of the Academia Europaea)

2016 - 2020 Közösségi jelentőségű természeti értékek hosszú távú megőrzését és fejlesztését, valamint az EU Biológiai Sokféleség Startégia 2020 célkitűzéseinek hazai szintű megvalósítását megalapozó stratégiai vizsgálatok (KEHOP-4.3.0-15-2016-00001 - NÖSZTÉP - Katalin TÖRÖK, PhD)

2016 - 2020 Sustainable use of ecosystem services - research for mitigating the negative effect of climate change, land use change and biological invasion (GINOP–2.3.2–15–2016–00019 - András BÁLDI, DSc, member of the Academia Europaea)

2009 Development of appropriate indicators of the relationship between organic/low-input farming and biodiversity (BioBio - EU FP7, KBBE-227161)


email: kovacs.aniko[at]