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Five integrated science, research and business centres (valleys) have been developed recently in Lithuania. Valleys specialize in a number of scientific research fields and involve main Lithuanian research institutions. According to the national rules, all R&D resources located in the valleys must be available for the public on the basis of open access. For this reason, universities and research institutes must establish open access centres and provide access to their R&D resources. Other entities which possess R&D equipment are also eligible to establish an open access centre. So far, more than 20 open access centres have been created in Lithuania.

This site contains information about all the open access centres in Lithuania. Additionally, it provides links to R&D infrastructure in Estonia and Latvia in order to present the state of art of the R&D infrastructure in the Baltic states.

Open access Joint Research Centre of Agriculture and Forestry [LITAGROLAB]

Name of the Research Infrastructure (RI) Open access Joint Research Centre of Agriculture and Forestry
Acronym of the RI LITAGROLAB
Location (address) of the RI Studentu str. 15 a., Akademija, Kaunas distr.
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
Year 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

Open access Centre of Bio system engineering, biomass energy and water engineering [BIBEVI]

Name of the Research Infrastructure (RI) Open access Centre of Bio system engineering, biomass energy and water engineering
Acronym of the RI BIBEVI
Location (address) of the RI Kauno r., Studentų g. 15 a, Akademija,
Scientific domain(s) of the RI
  • Chemistry and Material Sciences
  • Engineering and Energy
Type of RI single-sited
Research Services at the RI
  • Testing of technical stand of field sprayers for wine-growing, fruit-culture and hop- culture;
  • The investigation of working parameters and adjustment of sprayers for wine-growing, fruit-culture and hop-culture;
  • Hyperspectral imaging;
  • Aerial photography;
  • Creating spectral libraries;
  • Hiperspectral images processing;
  • Areal photography using UAV;
  • Camera calibration for arial photography;
  • Flight planing for arial photography;
  • Creating orthophoto maps;
  • Stereoscopic 3-dimensional data processing;
  • Object-based interpretation;
  • Laser scaning data processing;
  • GIS training;
  • Creating of  GIS data bases;
  • Estimation of technical state of structure (concrete, reinforced concrete, masonry);
  • Estimation of technical state of hydroscheme;
  • Estimation of consistency of concrete mixture;
  • Estimation of density and water absorbability of concrete;
  • Estimation of filtration coefficient of powdery materials;
  • Bathymetry of water body or part of it and providing results as digital terrain model;
  • Expeditious water quality sampling of water body;
  • Soil moisture dynamic for any period;
  • Monitoring of status of hydraulic structures;
  • Applications of nano technologies for increase of treatment effectiveness;
  • Diagnostic of land drainage effectiveness;
  • Physical and mathematical modelling of streams and water bodies;
  • Microclimate evaluation in manufacturing environments;
  • Air pollutants rating from livestock buildings;
  • Gas emission mitigation measures rating;
  • Automatic control of energy processes and measurements of various indicators;
  • Modelling and implementation of process control;
  • Investigation of solar collectors;
  • Investigation of low power generators of  wind power plants;
  • Diagnostics and investigation of hydraulic/electrohydraulic systems;
  • Investigation of tractor‘s exploitation indicators;
  • Investigation of operating indicators of internal combustion engines;
  • Research of acoustic noise and mechanical vibration and development of reduction means;
  • Environmental pollution testing and measures for its reduction;
  • Ergonomic research of human body movements and analysis of dynamic forces (pressures) on his hands and fingers;
  • The investigation of qualitative parameters of biofuel and other biomass processes;
  • Biofuel and other biomass processes of qualitative parameters of the investigation.
  • Instrument measures how organic (oil, MIBK, kerosene, mineral diesel, biodiesel) follows the aqueous and acidic solutions – they contain a number of elements;
  • The investigation of qualitative parameters of biofuel and other biomass processes;
  • The investigation of qualitative parameters of biofuel and other biomass processes;
  • Air pollution assessment of the heat generating plants (boilers), process management and modeling;
  • The thermal conductivity studies; Calorific value studies;
  • Biofuel preparation technology analysis, modeling and assessment;
  • Biomass resources, the supply of biofuel logistic systems analysis, modeling;
  • Solid fuel contamination studies;
  • Microclimate and ventilation systems technological assessment of crop production and warehouses;
  • Material drying process and thermal energy in technology, work and living environment analysis, assessment of renovation;
  • Estimation of energy value of biomass and organic waste converted to biogas;
  • Process optimisation of biogas production from plant biomass or organic wastes;
  • Investigation of process of biogas production;
  • Revision of biogas analysers;
  • The investigation of qualitative parameters of biofuel and other biomass processes.
Equipment at the RI
  • CO2 gas concentration in the soil meter „Honold G200-X“;
  • Air pycnometer;
  • Field inspection vane tester;
  • The penetrologger;
  • Soil moisture meter;
  • Electronics dynamometers „Dynafor LLXh 25“;
  • Hand-held vane anemometer and pressure measuring device for differential pressure;
  • Disk grain mill-crusher „Lacotec-Wader“ MM200/4E;
  • Laboratory machine for grain separation from vegetative part „Wintersteiger LD 350“;
  • Digital speed measurement device (tachometer);
  • Laboratory shaker with set of sieves „Haver Ekl 450“;
  • Plant stems shredder „Laimet HP 21“;
  • Force measuring machine for small loads „INSTRON 5960“;
  • Test Equipment for Testing Field Sprayers and sprayers for wine-growing, fruit-culture and hop-culture;
  • Mobile soil electrical conductivity test unit „Veris“;
  • High speed video camera „Photron“;
  • Agricultural machinery automatic steering gear;
  • Hyperspectral imaging system;
  • System of aerial photography;
  • Processing of data from laser scanning system;
  • Object-based image processing system;
  • Equipment for technical state of agricultural and hydraulic engineering structures testing;
  • Equipment for building materials testing;
  • Equipment for facility innovations of agricultural buildings and geofiltration safety of hydraulic engineering structures testing;
  • Water level sensor;
  • Water level sensor with data logger;
  • Water sampler from different depth; Bathometer;
  • Bottom substrate sampler;
  • Bottom substrate sample;
  • Ekman device;
  • Mobile Doppler ultrasound device;
  • Set of bathymetric instruments;
  • Generator of “Deg Nano bubbles” and injection into water;
  • CO2 analyser;
  • Current meter;
  • Acoustic water velocity meter;
  • Portable calorimeter;
  • 17 parameter multizond for water quality sampling;
  • Beat type well-boring device;
  • Spectrophotometer;
  • TDR type soil moisture sampler with data logger;
  • Soil moisture extraction device;
  • Portable pH meter;
  • Double systems;
  • Portable pH meter;
  • Soil moisture, conductivity and temperature measurement with data logger;
  • Portable water level sensor with data logger;
  • Video diagnostic device for drainage pipes;
  • Laser NH3 gas analyzer with air sampling equipments;
  • The chamber of modeling environmental conditions;
  • The wind tunnel;
  • Equipment for research of microclimate;
  • System of automatic control of energy processes;
  • Complex system of physical units measurements;
  • Hybrid system of renewable energy research and visualisation;
  • Equipment of controlling hydraulic/electrohydraulic systems;
  • Stand of tractor‘s exploitation indicators;
  • Dual-channel sound level meter B&K 2270;
  • Sound level meter B&K 2250;
  • Portable human vibration analyzer B&K 4447 NARDA;
  • Broadband Field Meter NBM-550; Fluke 983 Particle Counter;
  • Gas analyzer GASMET DX 4030;
  • Microclimate meter Testo 445;
  • Gas chromatograph with a mass spectrometer;
  • Inductively coupled plasma (ICP) emission spectrometer;
  • High-performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC);
  • Fuel elemental CHNS / O analyzer;
  • Calorimeter IKA 2000;
  • Non-invasive flowmeter;
  • Insulating material of thermal conductivity meter;
  • Furnace testing of biofuel emissions;
  • Versatile multi-channel digital recorder;
  • Portable gas chromatograph pollution research VOYAGER;
  • Drying processes and heat rational use of technology, work and living environment test equipment kit.;
  • Automated laboratory biogas digester;
  • Biogas analyser;
  • Automatic fractional distillation unit.
Year of start of operation (i.e. Status and Status Date) 2013-11-07
Keywords Bio system, bio mass,  energy, water, engineering
Description of the RI Open Access Centre of Bio systems Engineering, Biomass Energy and Water Engineering – the main mission to ensure integrity of the research system in the agricultural, forest, water and food sectors as well as to ensure engineering solutions of scientific achievements and their introduction into production creating safe, environmentally-friendly and resource-sustainable technologies and producing competitive products, and to implement R&D in the fields of bio systems engineering and bioenergy.
Hosting Organisation Aleksandras Stulginskis university
Contacts Open Access Centre Coordinator
Dr. Vaida Steponavičienė
Ph. 8 37 788134, mob. ph. 8 654 37 370