Selected recent publications


Farkas, E., Biró, B., Szabó, K., Veres, K., Csintalan, Z., & Engel, R. (2020). The amount of lichen secondary metabolites in Cladonia foliacea (Cladoniaceae, lichenised Ascomycota). Acta Botanica Hungarica, 62(1-2), 33-48.


Engel, R., Szabó, K., Abrankó, L., Füzy, A., & Takács, T. (2016). Potential role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in the accumulation of polyphenols in Lamiaceae species. Planta Medica, 82(S 01), P432.

Engel, R., Szabo, K., Abranko, L., Rendes, K., Füzy, A., & Takács, T. (2016). Effect of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on the growth and polyphenol profile of marjoram, lemon balm, and marigold. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, 64(19), 3733-3742.


Engel, R., Veres, K., Hajdú, Z., Szabó, K., Blunden, G., Hohmann, J., & Máthé, I. (2015). Annual variation of the essential oil production of Artemisia asiatica. Planta Medica, 81(16), PW_220.


Engel, R., Veres, K., Hajdú, Z., Szabó, K., & Máthé, I. (2014). Seasonal variation in the production of essential oil of Artemisia asiatica Nakai. Planta Medica, 80(16), P2B66.

Rita Engel

PhD, Research Fellow


Research interests

Medicinal plants

Medicinal plants form a unique and diverse group within the plant kingdom distinguished by their ability to produce a multitude of phytochemicals. Due to this ability, medicinal plants have served humans for various purpose, primarily in the field of medicinal. Beyond cultivation, nature remains a significant reservoir of both well-established and promising medicinal plants. However, due to the intensive land use natural habitats of medicinal plants are decreasing. Inside the expansive agricultural landscape, kurgans (ancient burial mounds) preserve grassland patches reach in medicinal plants. Our research goal is to reveal the role of these small natural sacred places in providing ecosystem services related to medicinal plants, with a specific focus on their chemical diversity.