Barta Marek

Barta Marek


Barta Marek, Ing., PhD.

Slovak Academy of Sciences
Institute of Forest Ecology
Branch for Woody Plants Biology
Akademická 2
949 01 Nitra
Phone: +421 376 943 354

Research Interests: The main focus of my research is insect pathology and microbial biocontrol of insect pests in forestry and agriculture. I am investigating biology, ecology, and species diversity of entomopathogenic fungi (Hypocreales, Entomophthorales) in populations of forest insect pests. A role of endophytic entomopathogenic fungi (Hypocreales) in the tritrophic interactions “plants – herbivory insects – entomopathogenic fungi” is also the aim of my research. Another part of my research interest is to study effects of climate change on invasions of alien herbivory insects.


  • PhD. in Plant protection, Faculty of Agrobiology and Food Resources of Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra; Thesis: Fungi of the order Entomophthorales infecting aphids in Slovakia (2000-2003)
  • Ing. in Crop production, Faculty of Agronomy of Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (1995-2000)


  • APVV-16- 0031 Research of alternative methods of conifer seedlings protection against insect pests (7/2017-6/2020)
  • APVV-15- 0348 New methods in an integrated forest protection incorporating the use of entomopathogenic fungi (7/2016-6/2019)
  • VEGA 2/0025/15 – Endophytic microorganisms in trees and their potential role in stress tolerance enhancement (1/2015-12/2018), principal investigator
  • VEGA 2/0052/15 – Functionally important animals in the dynamics of forest ecosystems in new environmental conditions (1/2015-12/2018)
  • VEGA 2/0183/14 – Environmental risks of rhododendron cultivation in Mlyňany Arboretum SAS (1/2014-12/2017)
  • VEGA 2/0085/09 – Climate changes and prospects of introduced taxa of East-Asian dendroflora in Arboretum Mlynany SAS (01/2009-12/2012), principal investigator
  • APVV-0421- 07 New methods of evaluation and mapping of biotic harmful agents in urban greenery (09/2008-12/2010)
  • VEGA 2/7166/27 – Phytopatological and entomological evaluation of introduced woody plants in Arboretum Mlynany (01/2007-12/2009), principal investigator
  • Bilateral project: Slovakia (IFE)- Taiwan (NSC): Regulation of invasive tree-of- heaven (Ailanthus altissima) by its native pests Eucryptorrhynchus brandti and E. chinensis in the Middle Europe (01/2014-12/2015)
  • COST FP1401 – A global network of nurseries as early warning system against alien tree pests (Global Warning) (06/2015-12/2018)
  • COST FA1103 – Endophytes in biotechnology and agriculture (03/2012-12/2015)

List of my publications:

ORCID ID: 2450-1769
SCOPUS Author ID: 7003746265
ResearcherID: B-6226- 2015


Barta, M; Bibeň, T

Stephanitis takeyai and S. rhododendri (Heteroptera: Tingidae) in Slovakia: first record and economic importance Journal Article

Plant Protection Research, 56 (2), pp. 193-198, 2016, ISBN: 1899-007X.

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Schemmer, R; Chládeková, P; Medo, J; Barta, M

Natural prevalence of entomopathogenic fungi in hibernating pupae of Cameraria ohridella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) and virulence of selected isolates Journal Article

Plant Protection Science, 52 (3), pp. 199-208, 2016, ISSN: 1805-9341.

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Kollár, J; Barta, M

The first record of tulip tree aphid, Illinoia liriodendri (Hemiptera: Aphididae), from Slovakia – Short Communication Journal Article

Plant Protection Science, 52 (2), pp. 142-146, 2016, ISSN: 1212-2580.

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Barta, M

Biology and temperature requirements of the invasive seed bug Leptoglossus occidentalis (Heteroptera: Coreidae) in Europe. Journal Article

Journal of Pest Science, 89 (1), pp. 31-44, 2016, ISSN: 1612-4758.

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The potential for Entomophaga maimaiga to regulate gypsy moth Lymantria dispar (L.) (Lepidoptera; Erebidae) in Europe

Zúbrik, M; Hajek, A; Pilarska, D; Špilda, I; Georgiev, G; Hrašovec, B; Hirka, A; Goertz, D; Hoch, G; Barta, M; Saniga, M; Kunca, A; Nikolov, C; Vakula, J; Galko, J; Pilarski, P; Csóka, G

The potential for Entomophaga maimaiga to regulate gypsy moth Lymantria dispar (L.) (Lepidoptera; Erebidae) in Europe Journal Article

Journal of Applied Entomology, 140 (8), pp. 565–579, 2016, ISSN: 1439-0418.

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Montalva, C; Barta, M; Rojas, E; Gutiérez, M; Valenzuela, E

Neozygites species associated with aphids in Chile: current status and new reports Journal Article

Mycotaxon, 129 (2), pp. 233-245, 2014, ISSN: 2154-8889.

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Zúbrik, M; Barta, M; Pilarska, D; Goertz, D; Úradník, M; Galko, J; Vakula, J; Gubka, A; Rella, S; Kunca, A

First record of Entomophaga maimaiga (Entomophthorales: Entomophthoraceae) in Slovakia Journal Article

Biocontrol Science and Technology, 24 (6), pp. 710-714, 2014, ISSN: 1360-0478.

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Retamal, M; Barta, M; Pérez, E R; Flores, E V

Neozygites osornensis sp. nov., a fungal species causing mortality to the cypress aphid Cinara cupressi in Chile Journal Article

Mycologia, 105 (3), pp. 661 – 669, 2013, ISSN: 1557-2536.

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Mahmoud, M F; Barta, M

Effect of gamma radiation on the male sterility and other quality parameters of peach fruit fly, Bactrocera zonata (Saunders) (Diptera: Tephritidae) Journal Article

Horticultural science (Prague), 38 (2), pp. 54–62, 2011, ISSN: 1805-9333.

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Rahman, K M A; Barta, M; Cagáň, Ľ

Effects of combining Beauveria bassiana and Nosema pyrausta on the mortality of Ostrinia nubilalis Journal Article

Central European Journal of Biology, 5 (4), pp. 472–480, 2010, ISSN: 2391-5412.

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Shoaib, M A; Mahmoud, M F; Loutfy, N; Tawfic, M A; Barta, M

Effect of botanical insecticide Nimbecidine® on food consumption and egg hatchability of the terrestrial snail Monacha obstructa Journal Article

Journal of Pest Science, 83 (1), pp. 27–32, 2010, ISSN: 1612-4758.

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