September 3 – October 2, 2021 Dr Vaštakaitė-Kairienė, a senior researcher of LAMMC Institute of Horticulture, Department of Plant Physiology, had an internship at the Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Sofia), working on the postdoctoral project “Influence of light and dark conditions on photophysiological response and production of leafy vegetables in closed-system horticulture” in collaboration with the Nature Research Centre (Lithuania). During the internship, the researcher deepened her knowledge of molecular biology methods used to determine the expression levels of genes encoding key antioxidant enzymes using common polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and real-time PCR analyses. Also, the researcher mastered staining methods for detecting lesions caused by active oxygen forms in plants in situ. The international co-operation will be continued with the application for a research project.
This project has received funding from European Social Fund (project No 09.3.3.-LMT-K-712-19-0101) under grant agreement with the Research Council of Lithuania (LMTLT).