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Dr Virginijus Butkus comes from Lithuania, where he worked in the Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition of the Lithuanian University of Agriculture in Kaunas. His PhD thesis (2008) concentrated on the ecotoxicity of metals in the soil environment.


From 1st July 2010 he works (within the 6 months scientific exchange) in the Department of Soil Science, Erosion and Land Protection with Prof. Barbara Maliszewska-Kordybach as a scientific programme supervisor.

His studies concentrate on the join ecotoxic effects of metals and organic contaminants in the soils.