About centre

Name of the Research Infrastructure (RI) Open access Joint Research Centre of Agriculture and Forestry
Acronym of the RI LITAGROLAB
Website of the RI  http://asu.lt/language/en/university/structure/academic-infrastructure-units/open-access-centre/open-access-joint-research-centre-of-agricultural-and-forestry/laboratories/
Location (address) of the RI Studentų str. 15A, Akademija, LT-53362 Kaunas distr., Lithuania
Scientific domain(s) of the RI
  • Biological and Medical Sciences
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
Type of RI Single-sited
Research Services at the RI Agrobiotechnology:

  • Evaluation of factors influencing plant‘s morphogenesis in vitro;
  • Creation of initial breeding material of agricultural crops by biotechnological techniques;
  • Investigation of influence of various factors (macro-, microelements, amino acids, plant protection measures etc.) on plants growth and development in vitro and in vivo;
  • Plants micropropagation in vitro and in vivo;

Plant Raw Materials Quality:

  • Investigation of plant raw materials chemical composition using non-destructive analytical methods;
  • Evaluation of chemical composition of plant raw materials during maturation and postharvest storage;
  • Storage of plant raw materials in modified atmosphere;
  • Sensory analysis of food materials and products;
  • Testing of harmful organisms biology, ecology, physiology, toxicology in controlled environment;
  • Evaluation of bee races DNA, maternal pheromone and analysis of bee products quality;
  • Determination of mycotoxins, heavy metals and pesticide residues in agricultural products.

Forest ecosystems biodiversity, productivity, sustainability and dynamics under changing climate and human impact:

  • Stand growth and productivity;
  • Forest tree genetic diversity and adaptation;
  • Forest vegetation diversity;
  • Forest soil response to climate change, carbon sequestration in soils and plants;
  • Soil microflora diversity, abundance and impact on C and N cycle.

Timber use, quality and processing technologies:

  • Bending test of wood and wood construction;
  • Determining the safety of trees;
  • Estimating of solid wood Calorific value;
  • Measuring the wood quality of trunks and round wood;
  • Dendrochronology, Dendroecology, Dendroclimatology;
  • Estimation of Tree Internal Damage and Rot.


  • Monitoring for microbial groups of interest in the environment, their isolation, enumeration, cultivation and storage;
  • Community-level physiological profiling of microorganisms from selected environment;
  • Identification of microorganisms by their morphological, biochemical or genetical characteristics;
  • Plant-pathogenicity testing of micromycetes, yeast and bacteria;
  • Production of nitrate-fixing Rhizobium spp. Bacteria;
  • Antimicrobial testing of microorganisms.
Equipment at the RI
  • Growing plants with climate control system (Climatic chambers)
  • Plant biochemistry system, comprising:
    • NIR spectrophotometer
    • Liquid chromatography with mass selective detector
    • Fiber analyzer (+grinder)
    • CHNS analyzer
  • The gas chromatographic system with a mass selective detector
  • Complex analyzers based RAMAN spectrometry
  • Plasma-induced field emission spectrometer with a mass selective detector, sample preparation system
  • Soil testing laboratory equipment, consisting of three parts:
  • Part 1 – soil texture detection equipment
  • Part 2 – the soil pores and moisture analyzer
  • Part 3 – soil structure and durability of equipment
  • Compound analyzer for the short fibers of the plant to determine
  • Ion exchange chromatography ion analys
  • The gas chromatographic system with a mass selective detector for GC / M
  • Total organic carbon analyzer TOC / TN
  • Microbiology research equipment set consisting of
  • Optical microscope „Eclipse Ci-S“
  • Fluorescence microscope „Eclipse Ni-U“
  • Microbial Identification System „Biolog OmniLog Combo Plus ID System“
  • Texture analyzer
  • Color analyzer
  • Sublimator
  • Atmosphere control station
  • Sensory research complex with a specialized computer program
  • Spectrophotometer
  • Fluorimeter
  • Calculator for plant pathogens colonies
  • Microscope trinoculare with camera
  • Microscope with digital camera
  • Drying oven
  • Greenhouse with a variable climate and plant nutrition modeling system
  • Near-infrared spectrometer
  • Fully automatic Kjeldahl system
  • Muffle furnace
  • Automatic digital polarimeter
  • Open-type simulate research field
  • Liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry system
  • Molecular probe registration and data analysis system
  • SNP analysis system
  • Real time PCR system with data analysis software
  • Autoclave
  • Refrigerated thermostat
  • Fixed preparations preparation equipment
  • The growing room software for automatic temperature, humidity and lighting
  • Anthropogenic factors test system I
  • Cultivation chamber with equipment
  • Tree ring measurement and analysis system (L1NTAB 6 Tree-ring station)
  • Portable photosynthesis assessment system
  • Portable canopy leaf index (CLI) assessment device
  • Leaf area assessment system
  • Root area assessment system
  • Uv/Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Portable Forest Soil research equipment in the field
  • Automatic DNA extraction device
  • DNA amplification device (PCR)
  • DNA analysis system ABI PRISM 310 GENETIC ANALYZER
  • Wood testing portal
  • Polarized light microscope with sample preparation equipment
  • Impulse tomography unit
  • Wood sample analysis system
  • High-resolution system for preparing wood surface and recording tree ring parameters and wood density.
  • Combined machine
  • Wood levelling-tricknessing-mortisen maschine, Wood cutting-milling maschine
Wear of start of operation (i.e. Status and Status Date) 2013
Keywords Plant, soil, water, microorganisms, raw materials, plant DNR, new varieties, quality, pathogens.
Description of the RI Open access Joint Research Centre of Agriculture and Forestrywasestablished and opened in 2013, where is concentrated research into sustainable use of biological resources of agriculture and forests, namely: regularities of plant evolution and productivity formation, soil ecology, formation of plant adaptability and productivity with the help of biotechnological methods, application of nanotechnology achievements, impact of climate change on forest ecosystems, development of new quality trees, etc.
Hosting Organisation Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry
Contacts Open Access Centre Coordinator
Dr. Vaida Steponavičienė
Ph. 8 37 788134, mob. ph. 8 654 37 370
E-mail: vaida.steponaviciene@asu.lt