Liana Celastrus orbiculatus
The woody vine (Celastrus orbiculatus) can be observed naturally growing in the Far East, from Russia to southeast China and Japan. In the United States of America, this species has long been considered one of the most aggressive invasive plant species, and the control of its spread has become the focus of attention both by scientists and the public. In Europe, the species was detected over 60 years ago; however, no significant research on its distribution in Europe has emerged. To date, the species is observed in 13 European countries. In Lithuania, Celastrus orbiculatus was recorded in 2014.
The Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, joining top-rank scientists, have founded a commission LMA COVID-19 headed by Dr Habil. Vytautas Usonis for qualified evaluation and communication of up-to-date information about COVID-19 infection. The Lithuanian Academy of Sciences' website provides the latest scientific data about coronavirus biology, epidemiology, diagnostics, immunology, clinical aspects and treatment of the disease the scientists compiled themselves or collected from scientific information sources worldwide. All scientists are invited to read, take interest in, and share information available at www.lma.lt/covid-19, thus contributing to the prevention of coronavirus spread and raising public awareness.
More information is available at http://www.lma.lt/covid-19
Pasque flowers already blooming in sandy pinewoods of Lithuania
The most beautiful spring flowers – pasque flowers – are already blooming in sandy pinewoods of Lithuania. You shouldn't gather them – they are rare and protected. The pasque flower is on the Red Data Book of Lithuania. Besides, all parts of this plant are toxic and wither quickly after gathered. Enjoy pasque flowers in the forest, or view the photos by Dr Justas Dainys, Researcher of the Laboratory of Fish Ecology: https://www.efoto.lt/user/65097/nuotraukos/tag/18556.
Organising work at Nature Research Centre during the period of quarantine
In view of the situation related to the spread of coronavirus, the Government in its extraordinary meeting decided to announce a quarantine in the territory of the Republic of Lithuania from 16 March 00:00 to 13 April 24:00.
Following Government Resolution on announcement of a quarantine in the territory of the Republic of Lithuania (https://lrv.lt/lt/naujienos/visoje-lietuvos-respublikos-teritorijoje-skelbiamas-karantinas-pridedamas-nutarimas-1), Government Resolution on extension of a quarantine in the territory of the Republic of Lithuania (http://lrv.lt/…/vyriausybe-nusprende-karantinas-tesiamas-ik…), and recommendations of the Vilnius City Municipality (https://sveikas.vilnius.lt/), the Nature Research Centre seeking to ensure employees' health will organise its work according to remote work arrangements.
All employees are requested to follow information announced via e-mail.
A detailed information or the COVID-19 virus is available at: http://sam.lrv.lt/lt/news/koronavirusas.