Ferus Peter

Ferus Peter

SWPI Research Group

Ing. Peter Ferus, PhD.

Slovak Academy of Sciences
Institute of Forest Ecology
Detached workplace Mlyňany Arboretum
Vieska nad Žitavou 178
951 52 Slepčany
Phone: +421 37 6334211, kl.138; 0911 209 107
Email: peter.ferus@savba.sk

Research focus:

  • tree reproduction biology and ecological plasticity aspects triggering invasive behaviour
  • invasive tree bioregulation based on allelopathy
  • different aspects of tree drought tolerance enhancement


  • 2000-2005 PhD. study in Physiology of Crops and Trees at the Department of Plant Physiology, Faculty of Agrobiology and Food Resources, Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra
    Thesis: Radiation and water use efficiency enhancement for photosynthesis and biomass production in fluctuating environmental conditions
  • 1995-2000 Dipl. Ing. study in Plant Production Management at the Faculty of Agrobiology and Food Resources, Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra

Research stays:

  • 2002, 2009-2011 University of Pisa, Italy
  • 2007 Shandong Agricultural University, Taian, China
  • 2008 INRA Nancy, France
  • 2011-2012 University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Iasi, Romania
  • 2014 Taiwan Forestry Institute, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2015 Institute of Botany AS CR, Průhonice, Czech Republic
  • 2015-2017 Institute of Geography RA, Bucharest, Romania
  • 2016 Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Vegetal (UNC-CONICET), Córdoba, Argentina

Teaching experiences:

  • 2006-2009 Plant Physiology and Plant Eco-physiology at the Department of Plant Physiology, Faculty of Agrobiology and Food Resources, Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra
  • 2009-2011 Botany at the Department of Botany, Faculty of Agrobiology and Food Resources, Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra
  • 2011-present Plant Biotechnologies in Mlyňany Arboretum IFE SAS for University of Constantine the Philosopher students

Scientific-organisational activities:

  • 2013-present Member of Editorial Board of the scientific journal Folia Oecologica
  • 2014-present Member of Scientific Board of the IFE SAS
  • 2014-present Head of the Department of Dendrobiology, Mlyňany Arboretum IFE SAS
  • 2014-present Deputy head of the Mlyňany Arboretum IFE SAS

Recent projects (principal researcher):

  • 2017-2019 SAS-NASU Changes in the number and activity of soil microorganisms during black locust invasion
  • 2014-2017 VEGA 2/0183/14 Environmental risks of rhododendron cultivation in Mlyňany Arboretum SAS
  • 2014-2016 COST TD 1209 European information system for alien species
  • 2014-2015 SAS-CONICET What does change when plants become invasive? Differences in reproduction biology and stress tolerance between Slovak and Argentinian honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos L.) populations
  • 2009-2011 SK-IT-0018-08 Environmental stresses: antioxidative mechanisms for food production and quality improvement
  • 2008-2009 SK-FR-0024-07 Thermo-stability of photosynthesis in forest tree species from heat stress prone regions
  • 2009-2011 VEGA 2/0807/09 Tree photosynthesis stability under changing temperature environment
  • 2008 SAU project Modulation of antioxidant defense and susceptibility of plant photosynthetic reactions under environmental stress

List of my publications:


Ferus, P; Bošiaková, D; Konôpková, J; Hoťka, P; Keet, J H

Hooker’s or warty barberry? Physiological background analysis for choosing the right one into ornamental plantations endangered by drought. Journal Article

Acta Universitatis Agriculturae et Silviculturae Mendelianae Brunensis, 65 (2), pp. 411-418, 2017.

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Ferus, P; Sirbu, C; Eliáš, Jun P; Konôpková, J; Ďurišová, Ľ; Samuil, C; Oprea, A

Reciprocal contamination by invasive plants: analysis of trade exchange between Slovakia and Romania Journal Article

Biologia, 70 (7), pp. 893–904, 2015.

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Sirbu, C; Ferus, P; Eliáš, Jun P; Samuil, C; Oprea, A

Symphyotrichum ciliatum in Romania: trends of spread and invaded plant communities. Journal Article

Open Life Sciences, 10 (1), pp. 159–176, 2015.

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Diversity in honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos L.) seed traits across Danube basin

Ferus, P; Barta, M; Konôpková, J; Turčeková, S; Maňka, P; Bibeň, T

Diversity in honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos L.) seed traits across Danube basin Journal Article

Folia Oecologica, 40 (2), pp. 163-169, 2013.

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Ferus, P; Pachl, Š; Ľ, Ďurišová ; Bartošová-Krajčovičová, D; Rovná, K

Is there any relation between quantitative traits interesting for ornamental breeding and genome size in dog roses (Rosa sect. Caninae)? Journal Article

Folia Oecologica, 40 (1), pp. 11-21, 2013.

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Ferus, P; Kóňa, Ferusová S J

Water dynamics and productivity in dehydrated watermelon plants as modified by red polyethylene mulch Journal Article

Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry, 35 (4), pp. 391-402, 2011.

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Ferus, P

Radiation use efficiency in spring barley under drought: A crosstalk between survival strategy and canopy structure Journal Article

Journal of Central European Agriculture, 11 (1), pp. 83-92, 2010.

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Ferus, P; Ferusová, S; Kóňa, J

Water saving ability of artificial cover mulches is most important for watermelon shoot growth under drought Journal Article

Contemporary Agriculture / Savremena Poljoprivreda, 2 (3), pp. 11-19, 2010.

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Ferus, P; Brestič, M; Olšovská, K; Kubová, A

Photosystem II thermostability of apple tree leaves: effect of rootstock, crown shape and leaf topology Journal Article

Scientific Works, 27 (2), pp. 215-234, 2008.

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Ferus, P; Brestič, M; Olšovská, K; Hudec, J

Does free putrescine regulate osmoprotective proline accumulation in dehydrated spring barley leaves? Journal Article

Acta Fytotechnica et Zootechnica, 9 (1), pp. 21-24, 2006.