About Institute

Published: Thursday, 19 May 2011

Forest Research Institute is a research institution, established for the national forestry long-term research and international cooperation in the year 1950. Since January 1, 2010, Lithuanian Forest Research Institute has become a branch of the Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, thus, was renamed into the Institute of Forestry.

 

The missions of Institute – to carry out the basic and applied forest research for obtaining new knowledge with the purpose of social, ecological and economic country development, to expand the dissemination of scientific and technical information about forest and environment, to train the forest and environmental research scientists.

 

Institute of Forestry is a member of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IURFO) and cooperates with many scientific and educational institutions of other countries through implementation of joint international projects. Since 2011, the Institute has been participating in the activities of the Central and Eastern European Regional Office of European Forest Institute (EFICEEC). The Institute has 6 research units: Ecology Department, Silviculture Department, Forest Protection and Game Management Department, Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding Department, Forest Resources, Economics and Policy Department, Laboratory of Forest Plant Biotechnology. The staff of these research units includes 27 researchers (including 21 scientists) and 11 Ph D students. All research work carried out in the Institute corresponds to the main research directions of Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry.

The basic research directions of the Institute are as follows: (1) Physical, chemical, biological soil properties and plant nutrition; (2) Forest plant breeding, genetics and biotechnology; breeding for new varieties and research on forest plant genetic resources in Lithuania; (3) Forest plants biology and modeling of silviculture systems for wood quality and stand productivity; (4) Microbiology and plant pathology, toxicology of forest products and materials; (5) Optimization and modeling of forest plant processing and product storage; (6) Sustainability of forest ecosystems and climate change; (7) Forestry systems; the social and economics problems of forestry, forest policy.

The Institute is managed by director and the Scientific Council, which consists of 11 members and is elected by the scientists of the Institute for the period of 5 years. In recent years, the scientists of the Institute have participated in the national and international projects funded by the Research Council of Lithuania (projects of the national programme “Lithuanian Ecosystems: Climate Change and Human Impact”, projects for scientists groups), European Commission (FP5, FP6), SNS foundation, COST actions, etc.

Every year, the Institute carries out about twenty different projects of applied research for economic entities of Lithuania (state and private forest enterprises), Environment Ministry, Agriculture Ministry and other state authority’s institutions.

The Institute of Forestry in cooperation with Aleksandras Stulginskis University publishes the national peer-reviewed scientific journal “Miškininkystė” (Forestry), and in cooperation with Latvian and Estonian forest research institutions and universities publishes the peer-reviewed international journal “Baltic Forestry”. Articles printed in this journal are abstracted in 14 international databases (Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch®), CAB Abstract, Forest Science Database, etc.).

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