Ferus Peter

Ferus Peter

Mlyňany Arboretum

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.