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Dr. Karolina Barčauskaitė

ORCiD iD: 0000-0002-0089-7706
E-mail: karolina.barcauskaite@lammc.lt
Studentų 15A-J330, Akademija, Kaunas dist., Lithuania

Education        

2014–2018 PhD studies, Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry.

2010–2012 Master degree in Applied Biochemistry Analysis, Vytautas Magnus University. 

2006–2010 Bachelor degree in Applied Chemistry, Kaunas University of Technology. 

Academic degrees and pedagogical titles

In 2018 doctoral degree in Agricultural Sciences, Agronomy, dissertation title “Amount of polychlorbiphenyls and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in Lithuania produced composts and their effect on soil and plants”. 

Research fields

  • Various research of soil improvement substances by means different instrumental analysis methods
  • Active substances concentration determination in plant protection products by means HPLC and GC methods
  • Petroleum hydrocarbons index determination in soil and water samples
  • Persistent organic pollutants research
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis of biologically active compounds in bee products

Professional experience

Since 2021 Senior researcher, head of Agrobiology Laboratory, Institute of Agriculture, LAMMC.

2019–2020 Researcher, Agrobiology Laboratory, Institute of Agriculture, LAMMC.

2018–2019 Junior researcher, Agrobiology Laboratory, Institute of Agriculture, LAMMC.

2014–2018 Chemist, Agrochemical Research Laboratory, LAMMC.

2013–2015 Vytautas Magnus University. Project “Used wooden sleepers bioremediation research and creation of technology BIOREM”.

2012–2014 Chemistry engineer, Food Institute, Kaunas University of Technology.

2011–2012 Laboratory teaching assistant, Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Technology, Kaunas College.

In-service training

  • November 3 – December 2, 2021 Internship at Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life science, Poland. “Influence of agrotechnological measures on the phytochemical composition of fibrous hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) in morphological parts of the plant”.
  • February 1 – March 16, 2019 Internship at Lehigh University, USA. “Practical skills improvement in Raman spectroscopy”.
  • June 1–30, 2018 Internship at RECETOX research infrastructure Brno, Czech Republic. “Determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in soil and grain by means GC-MS method”.
  • November 28, 2017 – February 9, 2018 Tartu University, Estonia. Online course “LC-MS Method Validation”.
  • January 7, 2016 Training “Animal welfare and food quality. Organic farming and welfare”, ASU, Kaunas district.
  • January 8, 2016 Training “Scientific writing”, ASU, Kaunas district.
  • June 15–16, 2016 Training “Method validation and quality control”, Kaunas.
  • September 20, 2016 “Workshop on academic publishing”, Kaunas.
  • October 8, 2016 Seminar “New Analitic Jena spectrometry technologies and their implementation”, Kaunas.
  • February 20 d, 2015 Training “The use of electronic science data base: biomedical science sources”, ASU, Kaunas district.
  • November 6, 2015 Seminar “Analytical and Chromatography Technology“, Vilnius.
  • September 26, 2014 Training “The use of features CDS Pyrolyzer 5200 HPR”, ASU, Kaunas district.

Involvement in programmes and projects

International

  1. 2022–2024 EU H2020 EJP SOIL project “External organic matters for climate mitigation and soil health” (EOM4SOIL), project manager at LAMMC.
  2. 2020–2024 CA19116 “Trace metal metabolism in plants” (PLANTMETALS), coordinators in the Institute of Agriculture Dr. Karolina Barčauskaitė, Dr. Renaldas Žydelis. 
  3. 2020–2022 European Union under the South Baltic Interreg program project “Baltic Phytoremediation (BAPR)”, implementer.

National

  • 2021–2023 “The management of target metabolites in industrial hemp for the development of COVID-19 symptom relief products” (SMART) project funded by the European Regional Development Fund according an agreement with Lithuanian Research Council (LMTLT), implementer.
  • 2020–2022 “The Influence of agrotechnological measures on fibre hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) morphological parts phytochemical composition” funded by the European Union structural funds under the grant agreement with the Lithuanian Research Council “Promotion of internships after doctoral studies”, implementer.
  • 2020–2022 Lithuanian Council of Science National Science Program “Sustainability of Agro, Forest and Aquatic Ecosystems” Project “Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Changing Nitrogen Flows in the Ecosystem” (MANGHG), implementer.
  • 2019–2021 m. Lithuanian Ministry of Agriculture “Glyphosate and its degradation products AMPA and glufosinate residues in soil and grain and their degradation period”. 
  • 2015–2016 (11 month). VPS-2015-131-KKSP “Products produced from biodegradable waste quality requirements creation”. Developer Lithuanian Ministry of Environment.
  • 2013–2015 Vytautas Magnus University. Project “Used wooden sleepers bioremediation research and creation of technology BIOREM” (contract number VP1-3.1-ŠMM-10-V-02-010).

Awards

  • World Research Federation Scholarships 2021 award for ongoing work “Sustainable cropping of industrial hemp and their chemical composition antioxidant and antibacterial activity investigations”.
  • 13th The Vital Nature Sign international conference – Raman Studies of Urea Reactions with Humic Acids Model Compounds in the Presence of Relative Humidity – the best poster presentation.
  • 2019 m. Lithuanian Academy of Science – award for young researcher and PhD students.

MAJOR RESEARCH OUTPUTS

Articles in journals indexed in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science database

  1. Swify S., Mažeika R., Baltrusaitis J., Drapanauskaitė D., Barčauskaitė K. 2024. Review: modified urea fertilizers and their effects on improving nitrogen use efficiency (NUE). Sustainability16 (1): 188. IF – 3,9

  2. Anne O., Mockevičienė I., Karčauskienė D., Repšienė R., Šiaudinis G., Barčauskaitė K., Žilė G. 2024. Biochar-assisted phytoremediation potential of sewage sludge contaminated soil. Sustainability16 (1): 183. IF – 3,9

  3. Motiejauskaitė D., Ullah S., Kundrotaitė A., Žvirdauskienė R., Bakšinskaitė A., Barčauskaitė K. 2023. Isolation of biologically active compounds from Cannabis sativa L. inflorescences by using different extraction solvents and evaluation of antimicrobial activity. Antioxidants, 12 (5): 998. IF – 7,0
  4. Ullah S., Naeem A., Calkaite I., Hosney A., Depar N., Barcauskaite K. 2023. Zinc (Zn) mitigates copper (Cu) toxicity and retrieves yield and quality of lettuce irrigated with Cu and Zn-contaminated simulated wastewater. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 30: 54800–54812. IF – 5,8
  5. Bakšinskaitė A., Tilvikiene V., Barčauskaitė K., Feizienė D. 2023. Potential of Artemisia dubia Wall biomass for natural crop protection. Plants, 12 (21): 3750. IF – 4,5
  6. Doyeni M. O., Suproniene S., Barcauskaite K., Tilvikiene V. 2023. Animal manure digestate fertilization effect on the soil microbial activity and crop productivity in the northern part of temperate climate conditions-Lithuania. Geoderma Regional, 34: e00699. IF – 4,1
  7. Doyeni M. O., Barcauskaite K.,Buneviciene K., Venslauskas K., Navickas K., Rubezius M., Baksinskaite A., Suproniene S., Tilvikiene V. 2023. Nitrogen flow in livestock waste system towards an efficient circular economy in agriculture. Waste Management and Research: The Journal for a Sustainable Circular Economy, 41 (3): 701–712IF – 3,9
  8. Mockevičienė I., Šiaudinis G., Karčauskienė D., Repšienė R., Barčauskaitė K., Anne I. 2023. The evaluation of the phytoremediation potential of the energy crops in acid soil by sewage sludge fertilization. Land, 12 (4): 866. IF – 3,9
  9. Barčauskaitė K., Anne O., Mockevičienė I., Repšienė R., Šiaudinis G., Karčauskienė D. 2023. Determination of heavy metals immobilization by chemical fractions in contaminated soil amended with biochar. Sustainability, 15 (11): 8677. IF – 3,9
  10. Adaškevičiūtė V., Kaškonienė V., Barčauskaitė K., Kaškonas P., Maruška A. 2022. The impact of fermentation on bee pollen polyphenolic compounds composition. Antioxidants, 11 (4): 645. IF – 7,0
  11. Barčauskaitė K., Bakšinskaitė A., Szumny A., Tilvikienė V. 2022. Variation of secondary metabolites in Cannabis sativa L. inflorescences under applied agrotechnological measures. Industrial Crops & Products, 188, Part A: 115570. IF – 5,9
  12. Hosney A., Ullah S., Barčauskaitė K. 2022. A review of the chemical extraction of chitosan from shrimp wastes and prediction of factors affecting chitosan yield by using an atificial neural network. Marine Drugs, 20 (11): 675. IF – 5,4
  13. Žydelis R., Herbst M., Weihermüller L., Ruzgas R., Volungevičius J., Barčauskaitė K., Tilvikienė V. 2022. Yield potential and factor influencing yield gap in industrial hemp cultivation under nemoral climate conditions. European Journal of Agronomy, 139: 126576. IF – 5,2
  14. Venslauskas K., Navickas K., Rubežius M., Tilvikienė V., Supronienė S., Doyeni M. O., Barčauskaitė K., Bakšinskaitė A., Bunevičienė K. 2022. Environmental impact assessment of sustainable pig farm via management of nutrient and co-product flows in the farm. Agronomy12 (4): 760. IF – 3,7
  15. Barčauskaitė K., Žydelis R., Ruzgas R., Bakšinskaitė A., Tilvikienė V. 2022. The seeds of industrial hemp (Cannabis Sativa L.) a source of minerals and biologically active compounds. Journal of Natural Fibers, 19 (16): 13025–13039. IF – 3,5 
  16. Čalkaitė I., Kundrotaitė A., Tilvikienė V., Barčauskaitė K. 2022. The effect of sowing rate on the bioaccumulation of biologically active compounds and their radical scavenging activity in Cannabis sativa L. Chemija, 33 (4): 190–200. IF – 0,8
  17. Barčauskaitė K., Mažeika R. 2021. Chemical composition and risk assessment of spring barley grown in artificially contaminated soil. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 28 (17): 21684–21695. IF – 5,190
  18. Barcauskaite K., Drapanauskaitė D., Silva M., Murzin V., Doyeni M., Urbonavicius M., Williams C., Supronienė  S., Baltrusaitis  J. 2021. Low concentrations of Cu2+ in synthetic nutrient containing wastewater inhibit MgCO3-to-struvite transformation. Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 7: 521–534. IF – 5,819
  19. Barčauskaitė K., Brazienė Z., Avižienytė D., Silva M., Drapanauskaite D., Honer K., Gvildienė K., Slinksiene R., Jancaitiene K., Mazeika R., Staugaitis G., Dambrauskas T., Baltakys K., Baltrusaitis J. 2020. Mechanochemically synthesized gypsum and gypsum drywall waste cocrystals with urea for enhanced environmental sustainability fertilizers. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 8 (4): 103965. IF – 5,909
  20. Silva M., Barcauskaite K., Drapanauskaite D., Tian H., Bučko T., Baltrusaitis J. 2020. Relative humidity facilitated urea particle reaction with salicyclic acid: A combined in situ spectroscopy and DFT study. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, 4 (7): 1018–1028IF – 3,475
  21. Barčauskaitė K., Žydelis R., Mažeika R. 2020. Screening of chemical composition and risk index of different origin composts produced in Lithuania. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 27: 24480–24494. IF – 4,223
  22. Televičiūtė D., Tarasevičienė Z., Danilčenko H., Barčauskaitė K., Kandaraitė M., Paulauskienė A. 2020. Changes in chemical composition of germinated leguminous under abiotic stress conditions. Food Science and Technology, 40 (suppl. 2): 415–421. IF – 1,718
  23. Adaškevičiūtė V., Kaškonienė V., Kaškonas P., Barčauskaitė K., Maruška A. 2019. Comparison of physicochemical properties of bee pollen with other bee products. Biomolecules, 9: 819. IF – 4,082
  24. Barčauskaitė K. 2019. Gas chromatographic analysis of polychlorinated biphenyls in compost samples from different origin. Waste Management and Research, 37 (5): 556–562IF – 2,771
  25. Višniauskė I., Barčauskaitė K., Bakšienė E., Mažeika R. 2018. Evaluation of contamination levels of different types of composts and their suitability for usage in agriculture. Zemdirbyste-Agriculture, 105 (3): 211–220. IF – 1,020
  26. Supronienė S., Sakalauskas S., Mankevičienė A., Barčauskaitė K., Jonavičienė A. 2016. Distribution of B type trichothecene producing Fusarium species in wheat grain and its relation to mycotoxins DON and NIV concentrations. Zemdirbyste-Agriculture, 103 (3): 281–288. DOI: 10.13080/z-a.2016.103.036 IF  0,644
  27. Kubilienė L., Laugalienė V., Pavilionis A., Maruška A., Majienė D., Barčauskaitė K., Kubilius R., Kasparavičienė G., Savickas A. 2015. Alternative preparation of propolis extracts: comparison on their composition and biological activities. Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 15 (156): 2–7. IF – 1,88

Other peer-reviewed publications

  1. Barčauskaitė K., Mažeika R. 2018. The dependence of summer barley growing and development on the concentration of naphthalene in soil. Vasarinių miežių auginimo ir vystymosi priklausomybė nuo naftaleno koncentracijos dirvožemyje. Žemės ūkio mokslai, 25 (1): 1–8.
  2. Šlapkauskaitė J., Sekmokienė D., Bartkienė E., Juodeikienė G., Vidmantienė D., Barčauskaitė K., Garmienė G. 2013. Kietafazė ir tradicinė fermentacija apdorotų Helianthus tuberosus įtaka raugintų pieno produktų kokybei. Maisto chemija ir technologija = Food Chemistry and Technology = Химия и технология пищи, 47 (2): 83–89.
  3. Barčauskaitė K., Kubilienė L., Maruška A. 2012. Propolio ekstraktų, gautų naudojant paviršiaus aktyviąsias medžiagas, cheminės sudėties ir antioksidacinių savybių analizė. Medicinos teorija ir praktika = Theory and Practice in medicine, 18 (2): 172–176.

Other publications

  1. Barčauskaitė K., Mažeika R. 2017. Effect of naphthalene on spring barley germination and amount of green mass. The 12th international scientific conference ,,Students on their Way to Science“. Jelgava, Latvia p. 10.
  2. Barčauskaitė K. et al. 2016. Amount of contaminants: heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyls in different origin composts. International Conference on Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Land Use. Budapeštas, Vengrija, p. 11.
  3. Barčauskaitė K. 2016. Environmental risk assessment of compost prepared from different kind of biodegradable waste. Tarptautinė jaunųjų mokslininkų koferencija „Young scientists for advance of agriculture“. Vilnius, p. 22.
  4. Barčauskaitė K. 2015. Skirtingos kilmės Lietuvoje naudojamų kompostų tarša. Jaunųjų mokslininkų konferencija „Jaunieji mokslininkai – žemės ūkio pažangai“. Vilnius, p. 29.
  5. Barčauskaitė K., Mažeika R., Staugaitis G., Dabkevičius Z. 2015. Quantitative PCB’s analysis in Lithuania produce composts. NJF seminar 483 Soil Degradation: Theory, Evidence and Protection Activities. Vėžaičiai, p. 30.

Recomendations

  1. Mažeika R., Barčauskaitė K. Kompostų taršos sunkiais metalais ir patvariais organiniais teršalais įvertinimas ir rizikos aplinkai nustatymas.
  2. 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 ūkiui. LAMMC, p. 22–23.
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