Identification, preparation of applications and approval of sites to join the European in situ PGRFA conservation network


Project Coordinator: Juozas Labokas


Project duration:  September 2019 – March 2021

Agreements with state institutions

Identification of potential genetic plots of medicinal and aromatic plants and assessment of suitability for long-term storage in southwest Lithuania

Projects leader: dr. Juozas Labokas

Party to agreement: State Forest Service

Terms of the project: 2021-05-10 - 2021-11-15 

Post Doc

Evaluation of fertilization effect on Thymus × citriodorus biomass, essential oil composition, size and density of glandular trichomes

Projects leader: dr. Kristina Ložienė

Postdoc researcher: dr. Vaida Vaičiulytė

Postdoc duration: 2020.08.05–2022.08.04

Although the nature-identical chemical compounds are cheaper and widely used in different industries, they not always match the characteristics and bioactivity of natural chemical compounds, more often cause side effects. Therefore, much research has recently focused on biologically active substances of natural origin. Rich source of biologically active compounds are plants synthesizing various secondary metabolites with valuable properties. In order to meet the growing demands of plant raw materials with bioactive substances, is attempted to introduce new plant species into crops or to increase the productivity of existing crops. Literature data suggest more information about fertilization of food crops and feeding plants. However, there are little or no researches how to increase amounts of biologically active secondary metabolites in plants through fertilisation. Especially a little research has been done on organic fertilizers despite the being very relevant for organic cutivation of plants accumulating bioactive secondary metabolites. The commercially important essential oils bearing species of genus Thymus (Thymus vulgarisThymus zygis) are unsuitable for cultivation in northern part of ES due to the harsher climatic conditions of this region. Baltic region is suitable for cultivation of essential oil bearing interspecific hybrid Thymus × citriodorus (Thymus vulgaris × Thymus pulegioides), accumulating 57–80%, having lemon flavour and aroma and characterised by antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiinflammatory properties. Raw material of T. × citriodorus is used in food and pharmaceutical industries, also as a component of lemon flavour and aroma in teas used for therapeutic and nutritional purposes. Pure geraniol as an aromatic ingredient is in demand in production of cosmetics, household and food products. Therefore, T. × citriodorus is a potential natural source of geraniol and suitable for cultivation in the Baltic States. The objective of the project – to evaluate effect of fertilization on biomass yield,  quantitative and qualitative composition of essential oil, and characteristics of anatomical structures, related with essential oil accumulation, in T. × citriodorus.

Other projects

Maintenance of field collections of medicinal and aromatic plants, regeneration and propagation of their genetic resources and preparation of seed samples for long-term storage in Plant Gene Bank

Projects leader: dr. Juozas Labokas

Terms of the project: 2011–2014


FA0602 Bioactive food components, mitochondrial function and health

Projects leader: dr. Jolita Radušienė

Project duration:  2007–2011

FP1203 European non-wood forest products (NWFPs) network

Projects leader: dr. Jolita Radušienė

Project duration:  2013–2017

FA1306 The quest for tolerant varieties: phenotyping at plant and cellular level

Projects leader: dr. Kristina Ložienė

Project duration:  2014–2018

International scientific projects

Promoting implementation of national and regional crop wild relative (CWR) conservation strategies through sharing of knowledge and experience to create an integrated European strategy for CWR conservation

Projects leader: dr. Juozas Labokas


Biotic resources in the changing environment:research into the state of populations, species and communities, scientific justification for the management and sustainable use of biotic resources

Projects leader: dr. Juozas Labokas

The main topics:

-Research into plant resources covering chemotypic and ecotypic diversity and patterns of change in populations of relevant medicinal and other economic plant species, development of measures for genetic resources conservation, integration into the EU Plant Genetic Resources Network.

-Mammal research covering assessment of population abundance and long-term population quality changes in hunted ungulates and other animals.

- Avian resources in conditions of natural and human-induced spatial and temporal changes and their impact on model species and populations in different periods of their annual cycle, bird response to environmental components dynamics, adaptation to the changing environment, and evolutionary response, potential threats to bird survival.

- Community structure of fish and higher crustaceans (malacostraca) and state of their resources under the impact of climate change and anthropogenic pressure, fish genetic and microbiological diversity.

Scientific team projects

The impact of abiotic factors on the distribution of α-pinene enantiomers of the common juniper

Projects leader: dr. Kristina Ložienė

Terms of the project: 2010–2011

Diversity of solidago species and biotypes, control of abundance and use

Projects leader: dr. Jolita Radušienė

Terms of the project: 2013–2015

Projects supported by the EU

Biologinių ir žemės išteklių tyrimo ir naudojimo technologijų MTEP veiklai skirtos infrastruktūros kūrimas bei atnaujinimas (BIOGEONAUDA-D)

Projects leader: dr. Juozas Labokas , dr. Antanas Matelis

Projekto kodas: VP2-1.1-ŠMM-04-V-02-009
Projekto vykdytojas: Gamtos tyrimų centras


National scientific research programs

Change of bioactive compounds in underutilised berry species depen­ding on genotype and environment

Projects leader: dr. Juozas Labokas

Terms of the project: 2011–2014

Funding of researchers

Funding of research visits (Parama išvykai- 7)

Projects leader: dr. Jolita Radušienė

Funding of research visits (Parama išvykai- 9)

Projects leader: dr. Birutė Karpavičienė

Funding of research visits (Išvykos-18), 2011 m.

Projects leader: dr. Jolita Radušienė

Funding of research visits (Išvykos-23), 2011 m.

Projects leader: dr. Kristina Ložienė

Orders by economic entities

Forest plants wild harvesting learning in Europe (GRUNDTVIG). 2011-2013 m.

Projects leader: dr. J. Radušienė , dr. Jolita Radušienė

Užsakovas: Švietimo mainų paramos fondas