Projects

Post Doc

Influence of light and dark conditions on photophysiological response and production of leafy vegetables in closed-system horticulture

Projects leader: dr. Sigita Jurkonienė

Research fellow: dr. Viktorija Vaštakaitė-Kairienė

Postdoc duration: 2020–2022

Project no.09.3.3-LMT-K-712-19-0101

The natural phenomena caused by global climate changes lead to unpredictable crop yield and economic losses. Recently more leafy vegetables are producing in climate-smart crop production systems. The environmentally-friendly technology of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is used to illuminate plants indoors. It allows reducing energy costs and select light parameters to stimulate the activity of plant photoreceptors to ensure growth, enhance desired nutritional properties, and to maintain the overall quality during the postharvest storage. In the world, including Lithuania, most of the studies were done to evaluate the effects of the light spectrum and intensity; however, the light and dark reactions in plants were not studied in detail. The project aims to evaluate the influence of light and dark conditions on the photophysiological response and production of popular leafy vegetables in closed horticultural systems. In experiments, the effects of light photoperiod and frequency on the phenotypic, photosynthetic, and biochemical characteristics of lettuce and kale at different growth stages under controlled environmental conditions will be determined. Further studies on plasma membrane ATPase activity, oxidative stress, and tolerance will enhance scientific knowledge of light and dark reactions in plants and allow them to predict the quantity and quality of the production. Based on the experimental results, the recommendations about using LED lighting in the climate-controlled systems will be prepared.

National scientific research programs

Interspecific hybrids of orchard plants – a novel source of anthocyanins

Projects leader: habil. dr. Ona Nijolė Anisimovienė

Terms of the project: 2011–2013

COST

FA0603 Plant proteomics in Europe

Projects leader: habil. dr. Ona Nijolė Anisimovienė

Project duration:  2007–2011

FA0605 Signaling control of stress tolerance and production of stress protective compounds in plants

Projects leader: dr. Virgilija Gavelienė

Project duration:  2007–2011

Funding of researchers

Funding of research visits (Parama išvykai- 1)

Projects leader: dr. Sigita Jurkonienė

Funding of research visits (Parama išvykai- 30)

Projects leader: dr. Jurga Jankauskienė

Funding of research visits (Išvykos-8), 2011 m.

Projects leader: dr. Sigita Jurkonienė

International scientific projects

Augalų proteomika Europoje (EUPRO)

Projects leader: habil. dr. Ona Nijolė Anisimovienė

Laboratories