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Aistė Povilaitienė

ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6032-8137
+370 37 54 72 21
E-mail: aiste.povilaitiene@lammc.lt 
Liepų St. 1, Girionys, LT-53101 Kaunas distr., Lithuania


2002–2004 Vytautas Magnus University. Faculty of Natural Sciences. Master's Degree in Environmental Management Study Program.

1998–2002 Vytautas Magnus University. Faculty of Natural Sciences. Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science.

Research fields

  • Forest phytopathology
  • Wood decaying fungi
  • Pathogenic fungi of forest trees and identification
  • Protection of forest trees from fungal diseases

Professional experience

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

2008–2010 Junior Researcher, Forest Protection and Game Management Department, Lithuanian Forest Research Institute.

In-service training

  • 2013 Poject “Enhancing of university knowledge and capacities of technology transfer (UniGeb)”, No. VP1-3,1-ŠMM-01-V-02-007 training “Unified and unique scientific methodologies for innovative research in agriculture and forestry”.
  • 2013 Plant protection courses, according to the “Plant protection products professional users training programme (plant health)”. Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Akademija, Kaunas, Lithuania.
  • 2012 Workshop “Training School on Detection and Diagnosis of Dothistroma Needle Blight (COST Action FP1102)”, Mendel University (Czehc Republic).
  • 2012 Training “Projektų valdymo ir mokslo žinių komunikacija”, LAMMC Institute of Agriculture (Lithuania)
  • 2010 International courses for PhD students “Adaptation to Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region: Contributions from Plant and Microbial Biotechnology (ABRMS)”, University of Helsinki (Finland)
  • 2007 International courses for PhD students “Applied and fundamental aspects of responses, signalling and developmental process in the root-microbe systems (ABRMS)”, All-Russia Research Institute for Agricultural Microbiology (Russia).

Involvement in programmes and projects

EU Framework Programme and other international projects

  • 2014–2019 COST FP1406 activity “Pine pitch canker - strategies for management of Gibberella Circinata in greenhouses and forests (PINESTRENGTH)”.
  • 2012 “Insekticido Mavrik 2F medienos apsaugai registraciniai bandymai”. Makhteshim-Agan Benelux & Nordic B.V. (P.O.Box 355, 3830 AK Leusden, Olandija).
  • 2003–2008 COST E33 activity “Forest for recreation and natural tourism”.

National projects and other scientific programmes

  • 2020–2021 Nacional project “Dynamic changes and restoration of soil properties, fungal and insect communities following clearcutting and biomass utilization in pine ecosystems”. Project code: S-SIT-20-2. (Funded by Research Council of Lithuania).

  • 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”. (European Social Fund, Research Council of Lithuania Fund).
  • 2012–2014 “Impact of Spruce bud scale (Physokermes piceae Schrank.) on spruce dieback in Lithuania”. (Funded by Research Council of Lithuania).
  • 2010–2011 “Impact of entomopathogenic fungus Cordyceps militaris to defoliating insect pests in pine stands of South Lithuania”. (Funded by Research Council of Lithuania).

State Authority Projects

  • 2019–2021 Klaipėda city council outsourced works “Detailed (Instrumental) study of tree condition”, implementer.
  • 2017–2021 Long term science program “Sustainable forestry and global change”, programme III task. (Funded by LR budget), implementer.
  • 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. (Funded by LR budget).
  • 2010–2011 “Efficacy of plant protection products complied with the requirements of FSC and the possibility of their usage in Lithuanian forests”, 2010– (Funded by Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania).
  • 2010–2011 “Natural diversity studies of the Rozalimas forest park”. (Funded by 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”. (Funded by Druskininkai, Varėna, Alytus, Veisiejai and Valkininkai Forest enterprises).
  • 2010 “Effect of aerial treatment on the entomofauna and environment and public awareness” (Funded by State Forest Service).
  • 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”. (Funded by Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania).
  • 2006–2008 “Preparation of early diagnostic and identification methods for tree rots” (Funded by Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania)
  • 2005–2010 “Impact of phytopathogenic fungi, insects and wild animals on the succession processes of forest biotic communities”. (Funded by LR budget).
  • 2005 “Assessment of species composition and distribution of biotrophical fungi colonising birch wood”. (Funded by Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania).


  • 2007 Acknowledgement for achievements for Lithuanian Forest Research Institute.


Articles in journals indexed in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science database

  1. Povilaitienė A., Gedminas A., Varnagirytė-Kabašinskienė I., Marčiulynienė D., Marčiulynas A., Lynikienė J., Mishcherikova V., Menkis A. 2022. Changes in chemical properties and fungal communities of mineral soil after clear-cutting and reforestation of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) sites. Forests, 13 (11): 1780. IF – 3,282

  2. Šilinskas B., Povilaitienė A., Urbaitis G., Aleinikovas M., Varnagirytė-Kabašinskienė I. 2021. The wood quality of small-leaved lime (Tilia cordata Mill.) trees in an urban area: A pilot study. Forests, 12 (4): 420. IF – 3,282
  3. Aleinikovas M., Varnagirytė-Kabašinskienė I., Povilaitienė A., Šilinskas B., Škėma M., Beniušienė L. 2021. Resistance of wood treated with iron compounds against wood-destroying decay and mould fungi. Forests, 12 (5): 645. IF – 3,282
  4. Menkis A., Povilaitienė A., Marčiulynas A., Lynikienė J., Gedminas A., Marčiulynienė D. 2019. Occurrence of common phyllosphere fungi of horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is unrelated to degree of damage by leafminer (Cameraria ohridella). Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 34 (1): 26–32IF – 1,755
  5. Menkis A., Lynikienė J., Marčiulynas A., Gedminas A., Povilaitienė A. 2017. The great spruce bark beetle (Dendroctonus micans Kug.) (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) in Lithuania: Occurrence, phenology, morphology and communities of associated fungi. Bulletin of  Entomological Research, 25 (5): 1342–1347. DOI: 10.1017/S0007485316001048 IF – 1,758
  6. Menkis A., Marčiulynas A., Gedminas A., Lynikienė J., Povilaitienė A. 2015. High-throughput sequencing reveals drastic changes in fungal communities in the phyllosphere of Norway spruce (Picea abies) following invasion of the spruce bud scale (Physokermes piceae). Microbial Ecology, 70 (4): 904–911. IF – 3,232
  7. Gedminas A., Lynikienė J., Bagdžiūnaitė A. 2015. Entomopathogenic fungus Cordyceps militaris: Distribution in South Lithuania, in vitro cultivation and pathogenicity tests. Baltic Forestry, 21 (2): 359–368. IF – 0,530
  8. Gedminas A., Lynikienė J., Marčiulynas A., Bagdžiūnaitė A. 2015. Effect of  Physokermes piceae Schrank. on shoot and needle growth in Norway spruce stands in Lithuania. Baltic Forestry, 21 (1): 162–169. IF – 0,530

Other peer-reviewed publications

  1. Bagdžiūnaitė A. 2013. Phytopatological monitoring and protection against fungal diseases in young pine Pinus sylvestris L. stands in Lithuania. Journal of International Scientific Publications: Agriculture & Food, 1 (1): 49–56. Peer-Reviewed Open Access Journal. Published by Info Invest Ltd. Bulgaria (EU).
  2. Povilaitis V., Lazauskas S., Antanaitis Š., Bagdžiūnaitė A., Kukujevas A. 2013. Productivity of winter wheat and maize as affected by weather conditions and nitrogen nutrition. International Scientific Publications: Agriculture&Food, 1 (2): 115–124.
  3. Gedminas A., Lynikienė J., Bagdžiūnaitė A. 2011. Entomopatogeno Cordyceps militaris Link. paplitimas Pietų Lietuvos pušynuose ir jo įtaka pušų spyglius graužiantiems kenkėjams. Miškininkystė, 2 (70): 14–21.
  4. Bagdžiūnaitė A., Treigienė A. 2010. Kai kurie karpotojo beržo (Betula pendula Roth) medynų sanitarinę būklę lemiantys veiksniai. Miškininkystė, 1 (67): 27-41.
  5. Treigienė A., Markovskaja S., Bagdžiūnaitė A. 2007. Micromycetes associated with Betula in Lithuania. Botanica Lithuanica, 13 (3): 181–196.

Other publications

  1. Гедминас А., Линикиене Ю., Багджюнайте А., Менкис А., Марчюлинас А. 2013. Энтомопатогенный гриб Cordyceps militaris и его влияние на хвоегрызущих вредителей сосны. Проблемы микологии и фитопатологии в ХХI веке. 2-4 октября 2013г. Санкт-Петербург. с. 122–124.
  2. Gedminas A., Lynikienė J., Bagdžiūnaitė A. 2012. Entomopathogenic fungi as a forest protection tool against Dendrolimus pini in pine stands in Lithuania. Jodint IUFRO 7.03.10 – „Methodology of forest incect and disease survey“ and IUFRO WP 7.03.06 – „Integrated management of forest defoliating insect“, p. 6–7.

Popular press articles

  1. Bagdžiūnaitė A. 2011. Ant medžių kamienų ir kelmų auga valgomi grybai. Mūsų girios, 8: 12–15.
  2. Gedminas A., Lynikienė J., Bagdžiūnaitė A. 2011. Vabzdžiai ir grybai – miško draugai ar priešai? Mokslas ir gyvenimas, 8-9: 35–39.
  3. Gedminas A., Lynikienė J., Bagdžiūnaitė A. 2011. Karingoji grūdmenė (Cordyceps militaris Link.) kovoja su miško kenkėjais. Lankstinukas. Kaunas, 2 p.