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Overview

Address

Kairėnų 43, LT-10239 Vilnius, Lithuania

Phone

(+370-5) 219 3133

Fax

(+370-5) 231 7933

e-mail

hbu@bs.vu.lt

www

http://www.botanikos-sodas.vu.lt

Director

dr. Audrius Skridaila

Territory area

198,85 ha

 

 

Living plant collections

Total No. of accessions – 13779; No. of taxa – 11 000 (on 4 January 2017)

The main activities

Visitors, service, entertainments

The number of the Garden visitors per year 2016 grew up to 83500. In the Garden took place the “Midsummer” event organized by embassies of Scandinavian and Baltic countries and the office of President of Lithuania. During this year in the Garden were organized: 69 events for general public (including 29 cultural, 25 educational events, 2 plant fairs, the International Day of Biodiversity and 10 more festivals); 250 guided excursion and educational activities; over 5800 visitors got beneficiary of the specific garden services (for recreation, picnics, weddings, holidays, celebration of different organizations anniversaries, various events, ridding etc.).

Scientific activities

Main research areas:

Introduction and investigation of ornamental and horticulture plants; Collection, assessment and conservation of plant genetic resources; Plant molecular taxonomy; Genetic polymorphism, genetic instability of plants; Biotechnology of cultivation and reproduction; Micropropagation in vitro; Phytopatology, mycorrhizal fungi diversity.

Projects:

COST program,  activity FP1305 “Linking belowground biodiversity and ecosystem function in European forests”. http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/fps/Actions/FP1305?management

Ribes/Rubus European Central Data Base. The Database is managed by the IPGRI and ECP/GR request. Website: http://projektai.vu.lt/ribes-rubus/

Contractual Research

Klaipėda seaport. Protected plants preservation program in the Smeltė botanical reserve. Transfer and experimental restoration program of three protected plants species (Aster trifolium L., Glaux maritima L., Juncus gerardii Loisel), 2015-2016. The Botanical Garden collected material for propagation of preserved plants (seeds, live plants) in the territory of Smeltė botanical reserve, grew new plants (under controlled conditions - in the laboratory, greenhouses) and planted them as well as the plants taken in natural habitat (Smeltė) in prepared areas. More than 15 000 preserved plants were grown in the Botanical Garden and planted in preserved territories (Kopgalis and Kliosiai).


Main research activities:

Botanical Garden of VU conducts research programs covering topics in plant biodiversity, taxonomy, genetics and physiology. The BG VU contains a repository of about 10,000 plant accessions in the collections and holds a site of spontaneous Lithuanian Flora represented by 445 species which makes BG VU attractive for extended plant studies in the areas of the fundamental and applied sciences. The genetic diversity of blue-berried honeysuckle (Lonicera caerulea L.) has been evaluated by using the ISSR method; the genetic differentiation and polymorphism among populations of yew (Taxus baccata L.) growing in native habitats of the countries neighboring with Lithuania are evaluated by ISSR method; the diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungal community structures in root system of Scots pine (Pinus silvestris L.) on peat bogs has been studied in relation to plant cultivation in forestry; the cultivars of tulip (Tulipa L.) are assessed for resistance to fungal diseases and viral infection; the studies in plant photophysiology by using the LED lightening are aimed at plant growth improvement in greenhouses and phytotrons; the technology of root development of lilacs (Syringa L.) cultivars in vitro conditions has been modified.
BG VU participated in the EC funded project RIBESCO - “Core Collection of Northern European Gene Pool of Ribes”. There are two data bases administrated by BG, the ECPGR Ribes and Rubus Database (http://projektai.vu.lt/ribes-rubus/) and "Index Plantarum" of Vilnius University Botanical Garden (http://botsodas.lt/indexplantarum).
BG VU has been pursuing a long term goal focused at the implementation of DNA plant barcoding as a modern means for effective management of plant biodiversity. By the membership at CBOL and ECBOL, the scientific staff has been acquiring DNA coding techniques. Recently, the complete reconstruction of the Laboratory building at Botanical Garden has been undertaken covering the area of 300 m2, which will be equipped for molecular genetics research and plant in vitro growth laboratory, and the modern greenhouse facilities.


Main scientific publications:

 

2015

R. Vyšniauskienė, D. Naugžemys, J. Patamsytė, V. Rančelienė, T. Čėsnienė, D. Žvingila. ISSR and chloroplast DNA analyses indicate frequent hybridization of alien Medicago sativa subsp. sativa and native M. sativa subsp. falcate // Plant Systematics and Evoutionl, 2015, vol 301, p. 2241-2350.
R. Šiukšta, V. Vaitkūnienė, G. Kaselytė, V. Okockytė, J. Žukauskaitė, D. Žvingila, V. Rančelis. Inherited phenotype instability of inflorescence and floral organ development in homeotic barley double mutants and its specific modification by auxin inhibitors and 2,4-D // Annals of Botany, Vol. 115 (2015), p. 651-663.
G. Statkevičiūtė, A. Aleliūnas, V. Kemešytė, I. Pašakinskienė, T. Lubberstedt, G. Brazauskas. Association analysis of five candidate genes with plant height and dry matter yield in perennial ryegrass // Plant Breeding, Vol. 134, iss. 4 (2015), p. 454-460.
S. Dapkūnienė, G. Štukėnienė, G. Busevičiūtė. Characterization Descriptors of Bearded Irises // Acta Horticulture 1087, p. 267-272. ISSN 0567-7572, ISSN 2406-6168 (e format).

2016


S. Dapkūnienė, R. Maršelienė. Viendienių (Hemerocallis L.) veislių morfologinių dekoratyvių savybių apibūdinimo aprašas // Akademija, 2016, 39 p.
S. Gliožeris, S. Dapkūnienė. Dvispalvių kaladžių (Caladium bicolor (Aiton) Vent.) veislių morfologinių ir dekoratyviųjų savybių aprašas // Akademija, 2016, 35 p.
S. Dapkūnienė, S. Gliožeris. Gumbinių begonijų (Begonia tuberhybrida Voss) veislių morfologinių ir dekoratyviųjų savybių aprašas // Akademija, 2016, 23 p.
R. Juodkaitė, G. Štukėnienė. Criteria of Tulip Cultivars for Cultured Plants Gene Fund // Floriculture: history, theory, practice. Proceedings of the VII Int. Sc. Conf. May 24-26, Minsk, Belarus, p. 126-128.
G. Štukėnienė, J. Puociauskiene, G. Buseviciute, S. Gataveckiene, R. Turla, R. Juodkaite. Herbaceous Ornamental Perennial Plants of the Vilnius University Botanical Garden // Floriculture: history, theory, practice. Proceedings of the VII Int. Sc. Conf. May 24-26, Minsk, Belarus, p. 249-251.

Conferences:

In 2015


Scientific conference “Creative natural science education: diversity towards harmony”. Botanical Garden of Vilnius University, Lithuanian Centre of Non-formal Youth Education. 2015-10-08.
Scientific-practical conference “Lithuanian botanical gardens collections and their influence on Lithuanian farmsteads and suburban greenery”. Botanical Garden of Vilnius University, Lithuanian Florists Association. 2015-10-23.

In 2016

International scientific conference “Educational spaces and the process of education”. Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania, Botanical Garden of Vilnius University, Lithuanian Centre of Non-formal Youth Education, 2016-11-09.
Scientific-practical conference “Novelties and trends in greenery”. Botanical Garden of Vilnius University, Lithuanian Dendrologists Association, 2016-11-25.

 

Staff  

 

2015

2016

Administration

9 (including heads of departm.)

 

Scientists

10

 

Curators of plant collections

15

 

Managers, ingenieurs, specialists etc.

8

 

Field workers, technicians etc.

46

 

TOTAL including:

93 (87 persons)

 

D.SC

1

 

PhD

10

 

Msc

4