Karolis Sivickis


Name Surname Karolis Sivickis

Institute, laboratory: Institute of Botany, Laboratory of Plant Pathology

Scientific Supervisor: Dr. Daiva Burokiene

Study period: 2016-12-01 – 2021-12-01

Research theme: „The role of Phytophthora genus oomycetes in the declining oak stands (Quercus robur L.) and ecology of these pathogens”.


The aim of the study is to identify and to characterize the causal agent(s) of oak dieback (Quercus robur L.) with special emphasis on Phytophthora genus, to study the genetic polymorphism of pathogenic microorganisms (oomycetes and fungi) and their distribution in Lithuania.

In order to achieve the purpose, the following research tasks were formulated:

to isolate microorganisms (oomycetes and fungi) from healthy and diseased plants of Quercus robur and to create the strain collection;

to optimize the isolation of microorganisms from surrounded soil and water and to evaluate the level of infection in environment;

to identify the obtained isolates through morphological, biochemical, physiological, and molecular genetic analyses

to assess the pathogenicity of selected microorganisms on host-plant (Quercus robur);

to investigate the population diversity of Phytophthora and (or) other group of microorganisms using molecular biology methods (sequencing, universal markers);

to evaluate the impact of Phytophthora genus oomycetes and (or) other pathogens on oak dieback.


Kaya M, Bulut E, Mujtaba M, Sivickis K, Sargin I, Akyuz B, Erdogan S. 2016 Gender influences differentiation of chitin among body parts. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology, 93(2): 96-109.


working group member in the project of Nordic Forest Research Co-operation Committee (SNS) Preventing the spread of new pathogens in Nordic forests to secure sustainable forestry in growing bioeconomy”. Project approved. Project coordinator: Dr. Johanna Witzell (SLU, Sweden). Project duration: 2019–2021.

management committee member in COST Action CA17128: “Establishment of a Pan-European Network on the Sustainable Valorisation of Lignin (LignoCOST)”. Coordinator of the Action: dr. Stichting Wageningen Search, Netherlands. Project duration: 2018–2022.

researcher in project: “Biological control of forest invasive pathogens to preserve biodiversity in European noble forest and woodland ecosystems (InvazBio)”. Lithuanian-Ukrainian bilateral cooperation science and technology program. Project coordinator in Lithuania: Dr. Daiva Burokienė, Vilnius, Lithuania. Project duration: 2018–2019

working group member in COST Action CA16107: “Integrating science on Xanthomonadaceae for integrated plant disease management in Europe (EuroXanth)”. Project coordinator: dr. Ralf Koebnik, INRA, France.  Projekto trukmė: 2017–2021.

working group member in project: “Assessing the role of climate factors in association with spread of invasive Phytophthora species in forests and from urban landscapes (Nordic Forest Research SNS-121; coordinator: Dr. Michelle Cleary, SLU, Sweden). Project duration: 2016–2018 m.

working group member in COST Action FP1401: A global network of nurseries as early warning system against alien tree pests (Global Warning)”; coordinator: Dr. R. Eschen, CABI, Switzerland. Project duration: 2014–2018.

Training courses


ECOST-STSM-FP1406-180219-105648. Detection and identification of F. сircinatum and other fungal pathogens on introduced Pinus spp.


Baltic Leadership Programme – Youth & Bioeconomy. The programme aims to develop and explore methods and strategies for youth involvement and participation in the bioeconomy sector.


Biological Control: Microbial interactions for improved plant health, Alvkarleo Herrgard (Sweden). Inoculation biocontrol where biocontrol microbes are applied to the plant crop. Conservation biocontrol where interactions and function of indigenous microbial communities in the plant crop suppress disease.


Erasmus graduate internship Aksaray University, Aksaray (Turkey), Studied chitin and his physical, chemical properties. Learned: x-ray powder diffraction (X-RD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), Scanning electron microscope (SEM) methods.


Čepukoit D., Šepetovskaja J., Sivickis K., Burokienė D. Antagonistic microorganisms efficient for biological Control of fungal pathogen of Pinus spp. 62nd International conference for students of physics and natural sciences “Open Readings 2019”, 19–22nd March, Vilnius, Lithuania: 438.

Norkutė G., Jarašiūtė A., Sivickis K., Burokienė D. 2019. In vitro antagonistic dual-culture assays against causal agent of ash dieback Hymenoscyphus fraxineus. International conference „SmartBio“ , 2-4th May, Kaunas, Lithuania: 144.

Čepukoit D., Šepetovskaja J., Sivickis K., Burokienė D. 2019. Screening of microorganisms for antagonistic activity against pathogenic fungi of Pinus spp. „SmartBio“, 2-4th May, Kaunas, Lithuania: 203.

Sivickis K., Čepuikoit D., Gudžinskas Z., Burokienė D., Bukys T. 2018. Searching for causal agents in the oak (Quercus spp.) stands. The International Conference “Young Scientists for Advance of Agriculture”, 15th November, Vilnius, Lithuania: 36.

Franić I., Prospero S., Adamson K., Allan E., Attorre F., Auger-Rozenberg M.-A., Augustin S., Avtzis D., Baert W., Barta M., Bauters K., Bellahirech A., Boroń P., Bragança H., Brestovanská T., Brurberg MB., Burgess T., Burokienė D., Černý K., Cleary M., Corley J., Coyle DR., Csóka G., Davydenko K., Elsafy MAO., Eötvös C., de Groot M., Diez JJ., Doğmuş Lehtijärvi HT., Drenkhan R., Fan J.-t., Grad B., Hartmann M., Havrdova L., Hrabetova M., Justesen MJ., Kacprzyk M., Kenis M., Kirichenko N., Kramarets V., Lacković N., Lazarević J., Leskiv M., Li H., Madsen C. L., Malumphy C., Corrie L., Matošević D., Matsiakh I., Meffert J., Migliorini D., Mikó Á., Nikolov C., O’Hanlon R., Oskay F., Paap T., Parpan T., Petrakis PV., Piškur B., Ravn HP., Ronse A., Roques A., Sivickis K., Talgø V., Tomoshevich M., Uimari A., Ulyshen M., Vettraino AM., Villari C., Wang Y., Witzell J., Zlatković M., Eschen R. 2018. Global patterns in insects and fungi of dormant twigs of native and exotic congeneric tree species. 3rd Croatian Symposium on invasive species (with international participation), 26–27th November, Zagreb, Croatia: 53–55.

Franić et al. 2018. Global patterns in insects and fungi of dormant twigs of native and exotic congeneric tree species. Sentinel plantings for detecting alien, potentially damaging tree pests: State of the art 2018. COST FA1401 “Global Warning” conference; 9–12th October, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, WSL, Sursee, Switzerland: 49.

Sivickis K., Čepuikoit D., Matelis A., Burokienė D. 2017. Studies of fungal community in declining Quercus robur L. stands. The International Conference “Young Scientists for Advance of Agriculture”, 16th November, Vilnius, Lithuania: 27.

Čepuikoit D., Norkutė G., Sivickis K., Burokienė D. 2017. Phytophthora spp. on Rhododendron in Lithuania. 125th Anniversary Congress IUFRO 2017, 18–22nd September, Freiburg, Germany: 411.

Sivickis K., Čepuikoit D., Norkute G., Burokiene D., 2017: An importance of Phytophthora species of oak decline in Lithuania. 60th International conference for students of physics and natural sciences “Open Readings 2017”, 14–17th March, Vilnius, Lithuania: 348.

Sivickis K., Čepuikoit D D., Norkutė G., Burokienė D. 2017. An investigation of pathogenic fungi in Quercus robur L. in Lithuania. 23rd International scientific-practical conference “Human and nature safety”, 3–5th May, Kaunas, Lithuania.

Sivickis K., Paulauskas A., Gedminas V. 2015. The prevalence of tick borne pathogens in small mammals in Lithuania. 9th International scientific conference “The Vital Nature Sign”, 14–16th May, Kaunas, Lithuania.

Contacts: e-mail, phone: karolis.sivickis@gamtc.lt;  +37067695841