Projects

Projects supported by the EU

Development of functional fish feed additives from natural algae mass

Projects leader: Prof. dr. Nijolė Savickienė , dr. Jūratė Karosienė

Terms of the project: 2021–2023

 

Lithuanian-Polish project

Virus effects on blue algae bloom in freshwater systems (VICE)

Projects leader: dr. Sigitas Šulčius

Terms of the project: 2021 – 2024

Perception of European bison and primeval forest in the 18th-19th century: shared cultural and natural heritage of Poland and Lithuania

Projects leader: dr. Tomasz Samojlik , dr. Aurika Ričkienė

Projects leader: dr. Tomasz Samojlik, dr. Aurika Ričkienė

DAINA – Polish-Lithuanian Funding Initiative Joint project 

 

Perception of European bison and primeval forest in the 18th-19th century: shared cultural and natural heritage of Poland and Lithuania

 

Lithuanian Principal Investigator 

Aurika Ričkienė, PhD, Nature Research Centre

 

Polish Principal Investigator 

Tomasz Samojlik, PhD, Mammal Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences

 

Terms of the project: 2018 – 2021, extended till 2022.

 

Agreements with state institutions

A feasibility study for implementation of measures to achieve a good environmental state of the Lithuanian Baltic Sea in phytoplankton biomass collection areas in the Curronian Lagoon by using floating devices

Projects leader: dr. Ričardas Paškauskas

A feasibility study for implementation of measures to achieve a good environmental state of the Lithuanian Baltic Sea in phytoplankton biomass collection areas in the Curronian Lagoon by using floating devices and treating the collected biomass in bioreactors and using for agrotechnological or other needs

 

Party to agreement: Environmental Protection Agency

Terms of the project: 2021-2022

Payment for expenses of expert participation in the activity of the committee "Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine, maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy"

Projects leader: dr. Ričardas Paškauskas

Party to agreement: Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology

Terms of the project: 2021-2021

Scientific team projects

The role of bacteriophages in regulating nitrogen cycling in cyanobacteria: from cell to community

Projects leader: dr. Sigitas Šulčius

Terms of the project: 2017–2020


Filamentous cyanobacteria play an important role in nitrogen cycling in the Baltic Sea, and it is expected that the viruses infecting these cyanobacteria could impact these processes as well. However, surprisingly little attention has been given to understanding how viral infections impact nitrogen fixation and its release in diazotrophic cyanobacteria. Moreover, no quantitative assessment of the diazotrophic nitrogen transfer mediated by viral infections and lysis to the microbial food web is currently available. The lack of this knowledge precludes our understanding of the food web and cyanobacteria bloom dynamics and prevents our ability to develop reliable ecosystem models guiding nutrient management. This project will therefore aim to evaluate the role of virus infection and lysis on nitrogen metabolism in cyanobacteria and to quantify trophic links and secondary production derived from virus-mediated nitrogen release. This will be done through culture-based laboratory experiments using targeted transcriptomic and metabolomic analyses in combination with stable isotope tracers and analytical chemistry. The results of the project will provide insights into how virus-mediated changes at cell (e.g. regulation of gene expression levels) and population (e.g. growth restriction and lysis) levels shape the ecologically relevant traits (e.g. N2-fixation, N-release and production of non-ribosomal peptides) of filamentous cyanobacteria in the Baltic Sea, and therefore ecosystem functioning and productivity.

National scientific research programs

Alien Gonyostomum – biological peculiarities, genetic diversity and adaptation in new areas

Projects leader: dr. Jūratė Kasperovičienė

Terms of the project: 2010–2011

Svetimkraščių Gonyostomum biologinis savitumas, genetinė įvairovė ir adaptacija naujose teritorijose (SVETIGA)

Projects leader: prof., dr. Elena Servienė , dr. Jūratė Kasperovičienė

Response of plankton community to Gonyostomum semen establishment and other biotic and abiotic factors

Projects leader: dr. Jūratė Kasperovičienė

Terms of the project: 2012–2014

COST

ES1105 Cyanobacterial blooms and toxins in water resources: occurrence, impacts and management

Projects leader: dr. Judita Koreivienė

Project duration:  2012–2016

ES1408 European Network for Algal-bioproducts

Projects leader: dr. Judita Koreivienė , dr. Ričardas Paškauskas

Project duration:  2014–2019

Funding of researchers

Funding of research visits (Parama išvykai- 12)

Projects leader: dr. Judita Koreivienė

Funding of research visits (Parama išvykai- 25)

Projects leader: dr. Jūratė Kasperovičienė

Funding of research visits (Išvykos-20), 2011 m.

Projects leader: dr. Judita Koreivienė

Funding of research visits (Išvykos-25), 2011 m.

Projects leader: dr. Ričardas Paškauskas

Laboratories