Botanical Garden of Vilnius University

43 Kairėnų str., LT-10239 Vilnius
Tel. 219 3133
E-mail:
http://www.botanikos-sodas.vu.lt

Director – Dr. Audrius Skridaila

STAFF

Chief research fellow:  Habil. Dr. I. Pašakinskienė.
Senior research fellows: Dr. A. Skridaila, Dr. D. Naugžemys.
Research fellows: Dr. A. Aučina, Dr. S. Dapkūnienė, Dr. R. Juodkaitė, Dr.,  Dr. R. Šiukšta, , Dr. V. Vaitkūnienė, Dr. S. Žilinskaitė.
Junior research fellow: Dr. G. Štukėnienė.

Departments of the Botanical Garden:

Department of Management and Coordination of Scientific Programs:

  • Group of Plant Biodiversity and Taxonomy;
  • Laboratory of Biotechnology and Genetics.

Department of Plant Collections:

  • Group of Lithuanian Flora;
  • Group of Dendrological  Collections;
  • Group of Pomological  Collections;
  • Group of Herbaceous Ornamental Plant  Collections;
  • Group of  Indoor Plant  Collections;
  • Group of  Natural and  Induced  Mutants  Collections;

Department of Vingis, M. K. Čiurlionio 110, LT-03100 Vilnius, tel. 233 0160

RESEARCH AREAS

Genomics, biomolecules and biotechnologies: fundamental and applied research

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Introduction and investigation of ornamental and horticulture plants
Collection, assessment and conservation of plant genetic resources
Plant molecular taxonomy
Genetic polymorphism, genetic instability of plants
Biotechnology of cultivation and reproduction
Micropropagation in vitro
Phytopatology, mycorrhizal fungi diversity

MAIN CONFERENCES ORGANIZED IN 2018

20th MEIS Convention (Middle-European Iris Society). MEIS and Botanical Garden of Vilnius University

International conference Educational spaces and the process of education

Scientific-practical conference Dendrology and urban landscaping

RESEARCH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN 2018

Projects funded by University Budget

Plant Genetic Resources, Biological, Molecular Studies and Biotechnology. Group Leader Prof. Habil. Dr. I. Pašakinskienė. 2016–2020.

Long-term dynamics of ectomycorrhizal community of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) seedlings  outplanted in forest clear-cuts of different age were investigated. The ECM fungal communities of Scots pine seedlings into clear-cut sites, replanted from nurseries into clear-cut sites and the ones replanted from nurseries into forest sites were compared. Assessment of vegetative reproduction capacity (bulbs mass) of tulip (Tulipa L.) varieties (‘Monte Spider’/Double Early Tulips, ‘Antarctica’/Triumph Tulips, ‘Claudia’/Lily Flowered Tulips, ‘Lion King’/Fringed Tulips  and ‘Virchic’/Viridiflora Tulips) was investigated and compared according to mother bulbs size. The rhododendrons (Rhododendron L.) cultivars were propagated by tissue culture. The Anderson’s nutrient medium supplemented with 1 mg/l 2iP is suitable for the in vitro stabilization of leaf-throwing (deciduous) rhododendrons, and the standard nutrient medium PWM – for evergreen rhododendrons. Morphological characteristics of Lithuanian primroses varieties (Primula L.) were evaluated, too.

Main publications:

Pašakinskienė, I., Švėgždienė, D. 2018. A comparative lowered temperature response in root apex cellular growth of Festuca pratensis and x Festulolium braunii. Žemdirbystė-Agriculture, vol. 105, no 4, p. 349–356.

Šiukšta, R., Bondzinskaitė, S., Kleizaitė, V., Žvingila, D., Taraškevičius, R., Mockeliūnas, L., Stapulionytė, A., Mak, K., Čėsnienė, T. 2018. Response of Tradescantia plants to oxidative stress induced by heavy metal pollution of soils from industrial areas. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, doi: 10.1007/s11356-018-3224-3.

Vyšniauskienė, R., Rančelienė, V., Naugžemys, D., Patamsytė, J., Sinkevičienė, Z., Butkuvienė, J., Žvingila, D. 2018. Genetic diversity of populations of Bidens genera invasive and native species in Lithuania. Zemdirbyste-Agriculture, vol. 105(2), p. 183–190, doi: 10.13080/z-a.2018.105.024

International Projects

Project: Ribes/Rubus European Central Data Base. Dr. D. Ryliškis.
Internet: http://projektai.vu.lt/ribes-rubus.
The Central Ribes/Rubus Europe Database was managed (the IPGRI and ECP/GR request).

COST program, activity FP1305: Linking Belowground Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in European Forests, http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/fps/Actions/FP1305?management. Dr. A. Aučina.

MAIN R&D&I (RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION) PARTNERS

BGCI – Botanical Garden Conservation International
LUBSA – Lithuanian Association of University Botanical Gardens (Lithuania)
IPGRI – International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (Italy)
Institute of Dendrology, Kornik (Poland)
Lithuanian Plant Gene Bank (Lithuania)

OTHER SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES

Dr. A. Skridaila

  • editorial board member of the journal Rocznik Polskiego towarzystwa Dendrologicznego.

Habil. Dr. I. Pašakinskienė

  • editorial board member of the journal Botanica Lithuanica.  

 

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