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Dr. Akvilė Viršilė

ORCiD iD: 0000-0001-5981-7494
Tel.  +370 37 555 476, +370 656 64 818
E-mail: akvile.virsile@lammc.lt 
Kauno St. 30, Babtai, LT-54333 Kaunas dist., Lithuania


PhD studies, Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry and Aleksandras Stulginskis University.

2005 Master degree in Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Vytautas Magnus University.

2003 Bachelor degree in Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Vytautas Magnus University.

Academic degrees and pedagogical titles

2012 Doctor of Agricultural Sciences (Agronomy 01 A), dissertation “Photophysiological effects on metabolite dynamics in green vegetables and sprouts”

Research fields

  • Plant photophysiology
  • Phytochemistry, metabolism
  • Physiology of plant productivity


Since 2016 Chief Researcher, Laboratory of Plant Physiology, Institute of Horticulture, LAMMC.

Since 2016 Project Manager at Energenas, LLC.

Memberships and affiliations with professional organizations

  • Lithuanian Society of Plant Physiologists.
  • ISHS (International Society for Horticultural Science).

Involvement in programmes and projects

  • 2017–2022 Research council of Lithuania, High level R&D project (SMART) “UV-A lighting strategies for controlled environment horticulture: upgrade to sustainable, high-value production”. Project leader.
  • 2017–2020 Research council of Lithuania, Project of Scientist groups “Dynamic light spectrum and intensity modeling and photoresponse in different vegetable morphogenesis stages” MODELIGHT. Participant.
  • 2016–2017 Horizon2020 SME Instrument „Market Opportunity Validation and Business Plan Development for horticulture research LED solution – Hortiled. Participant
  • 2015–2018 Research council of Lithuania, Project of Scientist groups “Control of Nitrate reduction in green vegetables: Metabolic effects of light and other environmental factors“ NIMETA. Project manager.
  • 2012–2013 Research council of Lithuania, Proof of concept Project „Photophysiological effects for the control of plant secondary metabolism“ METABOLED. Project manager.
  • 2012–2014 Research council of Lithuania, Project of National research program „Healthy and safe food“ „“The management of microgreens nutritional quality in light culture system“ MICROGREENS. Participant.
  • 2007–2009 Lithuanian State Science and Studies foundation, „High-technology program project “Solid-state Lighting Technology for Phytotrons and Greenhouses“. PHYTOLED. Participant.
  • 2005–2006 Lithuanian State Science and Studies foundation, „High-technology program Project “Solid – state lighting technology for manipulation of plant physiological processes” HORTILED. Participant.
  • 2006–2018 Outsourcing for economic entities: various applied research and experimental development projects.

Supervision and co-supervision of PhD projects

  • 2013–2017 Supervisor of PhD student Viktorija Vaštakaitė. Doctoral thesis “The photophysiological aspects for the management of metabolites and mineral elements in brassicaceae microgreens“ defended on 2018 02 22.

SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS (click the link here)