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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Artūras Gedminas

ORCiD iD: 0000-0001-9350-8919
Tel. +370 674 18 957
E-mail: arturas.gedminas@lammc.lt 
Liepų St. 1, Girionys, LT-53101 Kaunas dist., Lithuania  



1985–1998 PhD in Biomedical sciences (Forestry), Lithuanian University of Agriculture (since 2019 Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy).

1981–1985 Biologist, lecturer of biology and chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Vilnius University.

Academic degrees and pedagogical titles

2001 Associate Professor of Biomedical sciences, University of Agriculture of Lithuania.

1998 PhD in Biomedical sciences, Forestry (Entomology), doctoral dissertation “Insect complex of pine crowns and its successions in pine sawfly (Lyda nemoralis Thoms.) outbreak area”. 

Research fields

  • Forest entomology and phytopathology
  • Integrated plant protection and bio-control methods against insect pests
  • Forest ecosystems


Since 2017 Senior Researcher, Department of Forest Protection and Game Management, Institute of Forestry, LAMMC.

Since 2010 Head of Department of Forest Protection and Game Management, Institute of Forestry, LAMMC.

Memberships and affiliations with professional organisations

  • From 2002 Member of Coordination Council of Sanitary Forest Protection
  • From 1990 Member of Lithuanian Association of Entomologists
  • From 2007 Member of editorial staff of the journal “Miškininkystė”
  • 2005–2015 Board member of the hunter club “Girionys”
  • 2012 International conference “Jodint IUFRO 7.03.10 – “Methodology of forest insect and disease survey” and IUFRO WP 7.03.06 – “Integrated management of forest defoliating insect”, one of organisers.

Involvement in programmes and projects

International projects

  • 2016 The trial of attractiveness of synthetic pheromones for Ips typographus, leader (Witasek PflanzenSchutz GmbH, Austria).
  • 2012 Registration trial of insecticide Mavrik 2F for wood protection, leader (Makhteshim-Agan Benelux & Nordic B.V., The Netherlands).
  • 2011–2012 Spatial distribution of the invertebrate and vertebrate animals and their present and possible migratory paths in the forest ecosystems of Lithuanian-Belarusian transboundary areas, leader (Research Council of Lithuania).
  • 2007–2008 Single Programming Documen, Measure 2.4 project “Innovative learning methods and new technologies for the training of the bachelor of environmental sciences“ (ESF/2004/2.4.0-k01-160/SUT-261), 2005–2008 (partially funded by EU).
  • Recent environmental scientific network for teachers“, SPD Measure 2.4 project “Conditions for Lifelong Learning Development” (partially funded by EU).
  • 2005–2007 “Formal and informal science education for the development of infrastructure and basic equipment modernization in Vytautas Magnus University and Lithuanian Forest Research Institute”, SPD Measure 1.5 project “The labour market, education, vocational training, higher education and research institutions and social services infrastructure“ (partially funded by EU).
  • 2003–2005 Successions of the Blastophagus minor and piniperda populations and the insect diversity in clear-cuts (WP-5-WP-6) “Wood for Energy—A Contribution to the Development of Sustainable Forest Management” (WOOD-EN-MAN, QLK5-LT-2001-00527), funded by the European Community under “Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources”.

National projects 

  • 2012–2015 Operational programme for human resources development for 2001–2013, Priority 3 “Strengthening Capacities of Researchers“ (VP1-3.1-ŠMM-07-K) „Support to Research Activities of Scientists and Other Researcher“ (Global Grant). Ecological interactions between massively tree-devastating insects and associated microorganisms in the context of climate change (ESF and Research Council of Lithuania Fund).
  • 2012–2014 Impact of Spruce bud scale (Physokermes piceae Schrank.) on spruce dieback in Lithuania, leader (Research Council of Lithuania).
  • 2010–2011 Impact of entomopathogenic fungus Cordyceps militaris to defoliating insect pests in pine stands of South Lithuania, leader (Research Council of Lithuania).

State Authority projects

  • 2000 Ecological assessment of forest protection tools against larvae of Panolis flammea and the patogenisity test of Cordyceps militaris on defoliating insect pests (Ministry of Environment).
  • 2001 Recommendations for accounting forest insect pests (Panolis flammeaLymantria monachaColeophora laricellaHylobius abietis) using synthetic pheromones, leader (Ministry of Environment).
  • 2000–2004 Effect of phytopathological and entomological factors on forest dieback and interaction of wild animals with forest vegetation (LR budget).
  • 2002 The dynamics of pine increment and injury assessment in outbreaks of pine defoliating insects. The preparation of forest management tools in damaged pine stands, leader (Ministry of Environment).
  • 2003 The preparation of entomological collections, leader (Vilnius Forest Enterprise).
  • 2004 Assessment of spruce dieback reasons in Girionys forest park, Raguoliai seed orchard and Dubrava forest, leader (Ministry of Environment).
  • 2005 The compilation of damages identification key of the main abiotic factors, diseases, insects and animals, leader (Ministry of Environment).
  • 2006 The preparation of entomological collections, leader (Jonava Forest Enterprise).
  • 2007 Assessment of species composition and distribution of biotrophical fungi colonising birch wood, leader (Ministry of Environment).
  • 2008 Assessment of oak stands sanitary condition and its change reasons in Lithuania, leader (Ministry of Environment).
  • 2005–2010 Impact of phytopathogenic fungi, insects and wild animals on the succession processes of forest biotic communities (LR budget).
  • 2007 Evaluation of different trap trees efficacy and recommendations for their usage in spruce stands, leader (Ministry of Environment).
  • 2007–2009 Effect of climate change on forest ecosystems (Ministry of Environment).
  • 2008–2009 The comparative analysis of ecological distribution and productivity of Betula pendula and Betula pubescens and genetic-selection wood quality evaluation of this species (Ministry of Environment).
  • 2010–2011 Efficacy of plant protection products complied with the requirements of FSC and the possibility of their usage in Lithuanian forests, leader (Ministry of Environment).
  • 2010 Effect of aerial treatment on the entomofauna and environment and public awareness, leader (State Forest Service).
  • 2010–2011 Natural diversity studies of the Rozalimas forest park, leader (State Forest Inventory Institute).
  • 2010–2011 Retrieval and trial of new and effective protection tools against cockchafers and fungal diseases in forest nurseries and plantations, leader (Druskininkai, Varėna, Alytus, Veisiejai and Valkininkai Forest Enterprises).
  • 2011–2012 Condition of the wood boring pests populations in damaged forests by the squall and spruce bud scale and the recommendations for their injury reduction, leader (Ministry of Environment).
  • 2012–2016 Long term research project “Sustainable Forestry and Global Changes“. Detection of regularities of the impact of negative biotic disturbances on forest ecosystems and to establish/adapt protection methods reducing damage (LR budget).
  • 2016 Analysis of pest risk under Xylella fastidiosa (Wells et al.), leader (Ministry of Agriculture).

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