Monthly Archives: Январь 2018

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Although winter is in full swing, research experiments in the Institute of Biology are well under way: UTMN undergraduate and postgraduate students keep studying various plant species in laboratory conditions, selecting the most suitable for the phytoremediation of polluted and barren areas. The samples of plants for the experiment were brought from Tunisia, Bulgaria, Germany, USA and Canada.

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At the same time, researchers are testing the second generation of flax for resistance to external factors. This research is under the supervision of Belarusian scientist Konstantin Korolev.

“We already have some results: the first mutant generations were bred using Phosphamidum, and there is a difference between them and the original samples,” said Konstantin. “We also got material that we will study in the field to evaluate the effect of this chemical agent on flax”.

This year, postdoc Korolev plans to visit several international scientific conferences where he will share his experience of testing plant sensitivity to various factors using the state-of-the-art equipment in the biotechnology and microbiology research laboratory.

The first year of research showed that flax takes root easily in Siberia. Qualitative analysis of the second generation’s fibre has allowed the research team to select the most resistant samples for further study: in 2019, the third generation of mutants will build on this initial success in determining the quality evaluation criteria of the material obtained.

“Controlling temperature and humidity helps us to select drought-, frost- and disease-resistant, salt-tolerant plants in early ontogenesis,” commented Nina Bome, Professor from the Department of Botany and Biotechnology, UTMN Institute of Biology.

These experiments on flax are part of a UTMN research trend, due to which the X-Bio Institute of Environmental and Agricultural Biology has been established.

In their constant search for new, interesting species, UTMN botanists cultivate plants from various corners of the world. Some of them are able to withstand severe weather and environmental conditions successfully, which means they can be used for cultivating new resistant crop species. Kristina Kramar, master’s student from the Institute of Biology, said she participates in the research to influence the future:
“The climate is changing, global warming is causing droughts in a number of Russian regions… We want to make a contribution to the selection of new species, tolerant to extreme conditions”.

The usefulness of flax cannot be overestimated; it is especially important to conduct such research in Siberia, since agriculture is moving north due to climate change and crops need to be adapted to the harsher Siberian climate. In May, the scientists will plant the new generation of flax in the Kuchak field station to select the most resistant specimens grown in natural conditions.

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The University of Tyumen will be granted 471 million rubles for the implementation of its roadmap as part of the 5-100 project. The corresponding order has been published on the government website.
Фото Сергея Бушуева
Фото Сергея Бушуева

“The allocated funds will be spent on projects aimed at the university’s development. Investing in its human capital and the modernization of education are the university’s priorities for 2018. The money will be spent on the implementation of our new projects such as the School of Advanced Studies and the X-Bio Institute of Environmental and Agricultural Biology. The former should become a driver of multidisciplinary research in the sphere of social sciences and humanities and to bring about substantial and meaningful changes in the university’s educational model. X-Bio will ensure focused concentration of natural science and engineering resources in the sphere of environmental and agricultural biology. Moreover, the funds will be spent on events aimed at finding and attracting talented enrollees to UTMN,” commented UTMN Rector Valery Falkov.

In total, the universities participating in the programme will be granted 9,908 billion rubles to enhance their competitiveness among the world’s leading research and educational centres. Funds for this purpose come from the federal budget as part of the high priority project “Universities as Centres for Innovations”.
The universities presented their development plans for 2018-2020 to the International Council in October 2017. As a result of the meeting, 21 universities were allowed to continue participating in the 5-100 project. The Council divided the universities into 3 groups, defined by their performance.

UTMN joined the project in autumn 2015. In two years, the university has reached significant results that secured UTMN’s position in the second group of the project’s participants. For example, the average grade of UTMN’s enrollees keeps growing, and therefore, for the second year running, the university was ranked in the top 10 Russian classical universities according to the quality of enrolled students. In 2017, UTMN was included in the QS ranking of the top universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) for the first time.

At the end of 2017, the Round University Ranking included UTMN in its subject ranking of the world’s leading universities. In the sphere of Life Sciences, UTMN was ranked among the top 400 best universities around the globe. In the Social Sciences subject ranking, UTMN was placed 462 and entered the top 15 Russian universities.