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Dr. Virmantas Povilaitis

ORCiD iD: 0000-0003-3847-5004
E-mail: virmantas.povilaitis@lammc.lt
Instituto al. 1, Akademija, LT-58344 Kėdainiai distr., Lithuania


2006–2011 PhD studies, Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry.

2004–2006 Master’s degree in Agronomy, Faculty of Agronomy, Lithuanian University of Agriculture (since 2019 Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy).

2000–2004 Bachelor’s degree in Applied Ecology, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Šiauliai University.

Academic degrees and pedagogical titles

2011 Doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences, Agronomy, dissertation topic “Aspects of cereal yield formation in agroecosystems of different intensity”. 

Research fields

  • Research interest is focused on peculiarities of plant biomass formation and modelling

Professional experience

Since 2014 Senior Researcher, Institute of Agriculture, LAMMC.

2012–2014 Researcher, Institute of Agriculture, LAMMC.

2006–2012 Junior Researcher, Lithuanian Institute of Agriculture.

Memberships and affiliations with professional organizations

  • A member of Lithuanian Soil Science Society at the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.

In-service training

  • 2013 October 21–25 Courses “Programming and statistics with R programme’, Lithuania, certificate received.
  • 2009 March 2–9 International courses “Renewable energy technology”, Lithuania.
  • 2008 April 5–11 International courses “Crop production in a changing environment”, Finland.
  • 2008 March 3–7 International courses “Energy crops and biogas production”, Estonia.

Involvement in programmes and projects

  • 2022–2024 The ERA-NET Cofunds SusAn, FACCE ERA-GAS, ICT-AGRI-FOOD and SusCrop project “Connecting sustainable agroecosystems and farming with circular bioeconomy and new technologies” (ConnectFarms), leader of Lithuania’s part.
  • 2020–2023 Facce Surplus program “Sustainable and resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems”. Project name – “Biofortified and climate-resilient food and fodder production on marginal soils”, the leader of Lithuania‘s part.  
  • 2019–2021 “Glyphosate, metabolite AMPA and gluphosinate residues in the soil and grain and its degradation time”, supported by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania.
  • 2017–2019 “The use of digestate for the fertilization of agricultural crops”, supported by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania.
  • 2012–2015 “Scientific validation of C3 and C4 herbaceous plants’ multi-functionality for innovative technologies: phyto-raw materials abio-products on environmental effects”.
  • 2010–2011 Nacional research program “Ecosystems in Lithuania: climate change and human impact” project ‘Changes in segetal flora and management measures in agrarian landscape under climate change”
  • 2009 Scientists group project “Abiotic and biotic factors on the landscape components (small basin modeling)”.
  • 2009 Scientists group project “Fundamental pedosphere gas components circuit simulation heterogeneous landscape”.
  • 2008 project “Lithuanian climatic conditions adapted to drought criteria for the identification method”. Project supported by Lithuanian Ministry of Agriculture.
  • 2010–2013 “Baltic Forum for Innovation Technologies for Sustainable Manure Management”.
  • 2009–2012 “The Baltic Sea Region Bioenergy Promotion Project”.


  • 2013–2014 The grant scholarship of Lithuanian Academy of Sciences for young researchers.
  • 2011 Lithuanian Academy of Sciences awarded the prize for the scientific work “The changes of productivity of cereal crops under changing climate”.
  • 2009 September grant for research stay in the Institute of Systems Biology and Ecology AS CR, Brno, Czech Republic.


Articles in journals indexed in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science database

  1. Kavaliauskas A., Žydelis R., Castaldi F., Auškalnienė O., Povilaitis V. 2023. Predicting maize theoretical methane yield in combination with ground and UAV remote data using machine learning. Plants, 12 (9): 1823. IF – 4,5

  2. Schröder P., Mench M., Povilaitis V., Rineau F., Rutkowska B., Schloter M., Szulc W., Žydelis R., Loit E. 2022. Relaunch cropping on marginal soils by incorporating amendments and beneficial trace elements in an interdisciplinary approach. Science of the Total Environment, 803: 149844. IF – 9,8
  3. Tilvikiene V., Venslauskas K., Povilaitis V., Navickas K., Zuperka V., Kadziuliene Z. 2020. The effect of digestate and mineral fertilisation of cocksfoot grass on greenhouse gas emissions in a cocksfoot-based biogas production system. Energy, Sustainability and Society, 10: 13. IF – 2,811
  4. Žydelis R., Lazauskas S., Volungevičius J., Povilaitis V. 2019. Effect of organic and mineral fertilisers on maize nitrogen nutrition indicators and grain yield. Zemdirbyste-Agriculture, 106 (1): 15–20. IF – 0,833
  5. Žydelis R., Lazauskas S., Povilaitis V. 2018. Biomass accumulation and N status in grain maize as affected by mineral and organic fertilizers in cool climateJournal of Plant Nutrition, 41 (20): 2626–2636. IF – 0,753
  6. Povilaitis V., Lazauskas S., Antanaitis Š., Feizienė D., Feiza V., Tilvikienė V. 2018. Relationship between spring barley productivity and growing management in Lithuania’s lowland. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B — Soil & Plant Science, 68 (1): 86–95. IF – 0,810
  7. Povilaitis V., Šlepetienė A., Šlepetys J., Lazauskas S., Tilvikienė V., Amalevičiūtė K., Feizienė D., Feiza V., Liaudanskienė I., Cesevičienė J., Kadžiulienė Ž. &  Kukujevas A. 2016. The productivity and energy potential of alfalfa, fodder galega and maize plants under the conditions of the nemoral zone. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B — Soil & Plant Science, 66 (3): 259– IF 0,646
  8. Feiziene D., Feiza V., Povilaitis V., Putramentaite A., Janusauskaite Daiva, Seibutis V. & Slepetys J. 2016. Soil sustainability changes in organic crop rotations with diverse crop species and the share of legumes.  Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica Section B – Soil and Plant Science, 66 (1): 36–51. IF 0,646
  9. Miliauskienė J., Sakalauskienė S., Lazauskas S., Povilaitis V., Brazaitytė A., Duchovskis P. 2016. The competition between winter rape (C3) and maize (C4) plants in response to elevated carbon dioxide and temperature, and drought stress. Zemdirbyste-Agriculture, 103 (1): 21–28. IF – 0,579
  10. Feiziene D., Janusauskaite Dalia., Feiza V., Putramentaite A., Sinkeviciene A., Suproniene S., Seibutis V., Kadziene G., Deveikyte I., Lazauskas S., Janusauskaite D., Povilaitis V. 2015. After-effect of long-term soil management on soil respiration and other qualitative parameters under prolonged dry soil condition. Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry, 39: 633–651. DOI: 10.3906/tar-1405-88 2015, IF – 0,914
  11. Feiza V., Feizienė D., Deveikytė I., Seibutis V., Antanaitis Š., Povilaitis V., Lazauskas S., Janušauskaitė D. & Supronienė S. 2014. Soil pore-water environment and CO2 emission in a Luvisol as influenced by contrasting tillage. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica Section B – Soil and Plant Science, 64 (4): 350–359. IF – 0,705
  12. Feizienė D., Feiza V., Kadžienė G., Vaidelienė A., Povilaitis V., Deveikytė I. 2012. CO2 fluxes and privers as affected by soil type, tillage and fertilization. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B- Soil and Plant Science, 62: 311– IF – 0,705
  13. Lazauskas S., Povilaitis V., Antanaitis Š., Sakalauskaitė J., Sakalauskienė S., Pšibišauskienė G., Auškalnienė O., Raudonius S., Duchovskis P. 2012. Winter wheat leaf area index under low and moderate input management and climate change. International Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment, 10 (1): 588–593. IF – 0,435
  14. Povilaitis V., Lazauskas S. 2010. Winter wheat productivity in relation to water availability and growing intensity. Zemdirbyste-Agriculture. 97(3): 59-68. IF – 0,232
  15. Feizienė D., V. Feiza, A. Vaidelienė, Povilaitis, Š. Antanaitis. 2010. Soil surface Darbon dioxide exchange rate as affected by soil texture, different long-term tillage application and weather. Zemdirbyste-Agriculture, 97 (3): 25–42. IF – 0,232

Other peer-reviewed publications

  1. Sakalauskienė S., Sakalauskaitė J., Lazauskas S., Povilaitis V., Auškalnienė O., Pšibišauskienė G., Samuolienė G., Brazaitytė A., Duchovskis P. 2013. Interactive effects of elevated CO2, temperature and water stress on Apera spica-venti L. International Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment, 11 (1): 1121–1124
  2. Povilaitis V., Lazauskas S., Feizienė D., Kukujevas A., Feiza V. 2013. Maize productivity as influenced by different nitrogen levels and climate change. International Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment, 11 (2): 803–807
  3. Feizienė D., Povilaitis V. 2009. Dirvožemio kvėpavimo dinamika skirtinguose pasėliuose organinėje ir intensyvioje žemdirbystės sistemose. Zemdirbyste-Agriculture, 96 (1): 127–141
  4. Povilaitis V., Tilvikienė V., Lazauskas S., Kadžiulienė Ž. 2010. Javų bioenergetinis potencialas vidurio Lietuvoje. Ekonomika ir vadyba: aktualijos ir perspektyvos. Šiaulių universiteto mokslo darbai,  3 (19): 103–109
  5. Povilaitis V., Lazauskas S. 2009. Javų derlingumo Lietuvoje prognozavimas pagal tikėtinus skirtingus klimato kaitos scenarijus. Ekonomika ir vadyba: aktualijos ir perspektyvos / Šiaulių universiteto mokslo darbai. 3 (16):172–177
  6. Marcinkonis S., Lazauskas S., Povilaitis V., Booth A. C. 2009. Impacts of long-term intensive organic inputs on carbon index correlations in meadow ecosystems. Ekologija, 55 (2): 91–96
  7. Povilaitis V., Lazauskas S., Mašauskas V., Antanaitis Š. 2008. Vasarinių miežių derliaus modeliavimo DSSAT v modeliu galimybės. Zemdirbyste-Agriculture, 95 (2): 88–97
  8. Lazauskas S., Rainys K., Semaškienė R., Povilaitis V., Rudokas V. 2008. Bulvių veislių derliaus stabilumas ir priklausomumas nuo oro temperatūros bei kritulių .Žemdirbystė,  95 (4): 110–121
  9. Šabajevienė G., Sakalauskienė S., Lazauskas S., Duchovskis P., Urbonavičiūtė A., Samuolienė G., Ulinskaitė R., Sakalauskaitė J., Brazaitytė A., Povilaitis V. 2008. Aplinkos temperatūros ir substrato drėgmės poveikis vasarinių miežių fiziologiniams rodikliams.  Žemdirbystė, 95 (4): 71–80
  10. Feizienė D., Povilaitis V., Kadžienė G. 2008. Springtime soil surface respiration and soil vapour flux in different long-term agro-ecosystems. Ekologija, 54 (4): 216–226
  11. Sakalauskienė S., Brazaitytė A., Sakalauskaitė J., Lazauskas S., Duchovskis P., Samuolienė G., Povilaitis V., Juknevičienė Ž. 2008. Imituotų šalnų poveikis žemės ūkio augalų augimo rodikliams. Sodininkystė ir daržininkystė, 27 (4): 203–211
  12. Sakalauskienė S., Šabajevienė G., Duchovskis P., Lazauskas S., Urbonavičiūtė A., Brazaitytė A., Samuolienė G., Ulinskaitė R., Sakalauskaitė J., Povilaitis V. 2007. Skirtingo drėgmės ir temperatūros režimo kompleksinis poveikis žemės ūkio augalų augimo rodikliams. Sodininkystė ir daržininkystė, 26 (4): 317–325
  13. Povilaitis V., Lazauskas S., Kriščiukaitienė I. 2009. Javų derlingumo prognozavimas pagal tikėtinus klimato kaitos scenarijus. Žemės ūkio mokslai, 16 (3–4): 224–229
  14. Povilaitis V., Lazauskas S., Duchovskis P. 2009. Possibilities to simulate productivity of spring barely using model DSSAT v4. Vagos, 82 (35): 22–27

Other publications

  1. Povilaitis V., Lazauskas S., Antanaitis Š., Žydelis R. 2019. Cereal crop productivity in long term field experiment under changing climate. 4th International symposium of soil physics, Book of Abstracts, 30 p., Lublin, Poland.
  2. Povilaitis V., Lazauskas S., Antanaitis Š. 2017. Cereal crop productivity in crop rotation under different management intensity. Berichte aus dem Julius-Kuhn-Institut, 191: 39.
  3. 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.


  1. Kadžienė G., Pranaitienė S., Auškalnienė O., Povilaitis V., Supronienė S., Žvirdauskienė R., Barčauskaitė K., Semaškienė R. 2022. Glifosato ir jo skilimo produkto AMPA likučiai dirvoje ir grūduose bei jų skilimo trukmė. Naujausios rekomendacijos žemės ir miškų ūkiuiLAMMC, p. 22–23.
  2. Žydelis R., Lazauskas S., Povilaitis V., Supronienė S., Žvirdauskienė R., Tilvikienė V. 2019. Organinėmis ir mineralinėmis trąšomis tręštų kukurūzų mityba, ligotumas, grūdų derliaus formavimasis ir šio proceso modeliavimas ir diagnostika. Naujausios rekomendacijos žemės ir miškų ūkiui. 12−13 p.
  3. Lazauskas S., Povilaitis V. 2018. Žieminių kviečių pasėlio formavimas geram žiemojimui ir derliui. Naujausios rekomendacijos žemės ir miškų ūkiuiLAMMC, p. 10–11.