Kurjak Daniel

Kurjak Daniel

Plant Ecophysiology RG

Doc. Ing. Daniel Kurjak, PhD.

Slovak Academy of Sciences
Institute of Forest Ecology
Plant Ecophysiology & Stress Physiology Research Group

Ľudovíta Štúra 1774/2
960 01 Zvolen
Phone:  +421 905 576 302
Email: kurjakd@gmail.com


  • Plant ecophysiology
    • physiological traits such as photosynthesis, chlorophyll fluorescence, stomatal characteristics, water transport
    • abiotic stress impact: heat, drought, salt, heavy metals and oxidative stress
    • biotic stress: vitality of trees impacted by hemiparasites, effects of phytophthora
    • mitigation of the negative impact of changing environment: e.g. provenance research, defining critical conditions of the environment for different tree species, using hydrogels, chitosan, and silicon nanoparticles, searching for mechanisms of resistance against stress


  • PhD study in Dpt. of Phytology (2005-2009), Technical University in Zvolen, Faculty of Forestry, Slovakia (Forest Phytology)
  • Technical University in Zvolen, Faculty of Forestry, Slovakia, MS (Ing) degree in Forest Ecology (2000-2005)

Academic employment:

  • Technical University in Zvolen, Faculty of Forestry, Slovakia (October 2008 – present)
    • Head of the Department of Integrated Forest and Landscape Protection (since December 2023)
    • Associated professor (since December 2019)
    • Professor assistant (2012 – 2019)
    • Researcher (2008 – 2011)
  • Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
    • Researcher (part-time contract, 2013)
  • National Forest Centre, Zvolen, Slovakia
    • Researcher (part-time contract, 2010)

Co-worker in national projects:

  • APVV-0111-10 – Ecophysiological and spatial aspects of drought impact on forest stands under climate change
  • APVV-0423-10 – The analysis of natural risks concerning the evolution of landscape ecosystems under the conditions of climate change in Slovakia
  • APVV-0436-10  – Effect of water deficit on physiological and growth processes of selected beech and spruce provenances
  • APVV-0135-12 – Adaptation potential of forest tree populations in the context of climate change
  • APVV-0480-12 – Nutrients-energy cycles as disturbance indicators of terrestrial ecosystems
  • APVV-0744-12  – The risistance potential of forest stands affected by natural and anthropogenic stress factors in mountainous forests.
  • APVV-16-0306 – Identification of environmental vulnerability and adaptive potential of Norway spruce (Picea abies Karst. L.) populations under changing climate
  • APVV-19-0035 – Simulation and visualization analytical tool for forest planning
  • APVV-19-0183 – Trade-offs between biomass production and biodiversity in fir-beech forests under changing environmental conditions
  • APVV-21-0270 – Adaptive variation of genetic resources of forest trees under climate change
  • VEGA 2/0006/11 – Eco-physiological response of selected provenances of woody plants to drought
  • VEGA 1/0218/12 – Genetic and physiological basis of the adaptive variation of forest trees as the basis for the regulation of forest reproductive material
  • VEGA 2/0034/14 – Stress state identification in forest woody plants by a comprehensive eco-physiological approach
  • VEGA 2/0049/18 – Indication of the influence of critical values ​​of environmental factors on the level of physiological and growth characteristics in spruce populations of different geographical origins.
  • VEGA 1/0535/20 – How are adaptive traits of physiological resistance of trees affected by climate, intra- and interspecific variability?

Cooperation with international projects:

  • CA19128 – Pan-European Network for Climate Adaptive Forest Restoration and Reforestation (PEN-CAFoRR)
  • CA21138 – Joint effects of CLimate Extremes and Atmospheric depositioN on European FORESTs (CLEANFOREST)

List of my publications:


Silicon nanoparticles vs trace elements toxicity: Modus operandi and its omics bases

Mukarram, Mohammad; Ahmad, Bilal; Choudhary, Sadaf; Konôpková, Alena Sliacka; Kurjak, Daniel; Khan, Masroor M A; Lux, Alexander

Silicon nanoparticles vs trace elements toxicity: Modus operandi and its omics bases Journal Article

Frontiers in Plant Science, 15 , 2024, ISSN: 1664-462X.

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