Two master students from the Biological Engineering program are sending greetings from Baikal lake. Currently they are doing their internship there. The work is focused on using the living organisms as the indicators of antropogenic pollution.
The staff of the Biophysics Department (Insitute of Fundamental Biology and Biotechnology) have presented the results of their research during the SETAC
(Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) Annual Meeting in Helsinki!
Our partner university - Rhine - Waal University
(Germany) invites university teachers to take part in the movement organized by the “scientists4future”. The action is called #LecturesForFuture, the idea behind this action is to raise the awareness of the changes induced by the global warming. During this action you are asked to replace the content of a curricular / existing course with the topic connected with man-made climate change and its consequences. The sharing of pictures or videos of the events by the students in the social media under the hashtag #LecturesForFuture is highly appreciated. You are free to choose any topic, the only important thing is that the entire lecture is held under the topic of global warming and it has the reference to the actual course (i.e Maths, Physics, History etc).
Joint forces of scientists from the Biophysics Department, Institute of Fundamental Biology and Biotechnology, Siberian Federal University and Biophysics Institute, CSC SB RAS led to the discovery of really sensitive rapid test. This test could be used to assess the chemical safety of fruit and vegetables. Bioluminescent enzymes are used as a recognition tool behind that test as they proved to show maximum sensitivity in recognition of potentially toxic substances (even with the smallest concentration) in complex environments. You read more about it in the latest issue of “Doklady Biochemistry and Biophysics”. Furthermore, you go to our website website
and find more details about that research (in Russian).
The joined team from Siberian Federal University and the Sukachev Institute of Forest discovered that Siberian Pine (Pinus sylvestris) is spreading further north and can soon suppress the Siberian Larch (Larix sibirica) from its natural habitat. This conclusion was made based on the studies of internal mechanisms of water evaporation in these two types of trees. "According to the measurements, the larches tend to evaporate more water from the soil into the crown, while pine has shown itself to be more economical, better controlling evaporation from the needles"