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Belgorod State University Botanical Garden Research and Education Centre

Contact information: 18 Kasharsky Proezd, 308015, Belgorod, Russia
Phone/fax: +7 4722 245662
Head of the Centre - Valerie K. Tokhtar
Doctor of Biological Sciences
Phone/fax: +7 4722 301100
e-mail: tokhtar@bsu.edu.ru
Deputy Director - Elena N. Dunayeva
Phone/fax: +7 4722 245662

Structure of the Botanical Garden

BSU Botanical Garden is a complex, comprising the following units:

  • Dendrology Sector,
  • Sector of Cultivated and Ornamental Plants,
  • Sector of of Natural Flora,
  • lant biotechnology laboratory,
  • Laboratories of genetics and plant breeding

Focus Areas

Founded in 1999, BelSU Botanical Garden is a unique social, cultural and natural object of Central Black Earth Region. The Botanical Garden has important genetic resources, comprising over 2000 kinds and species of plants, including endemics, relict plants, rare and threatened species, registered in Red and Green Books of Endangered Species of the Russian Federation. Rare species of fraction of flora of the Botanical Garden grow on the territory where bands of white limestone of rare purity are exposed. There are also species that grow only in Central Black Earth Region, particularly in the Belgorod region. Presently the Botanical Garden is the only active centre for plant introduction in Central Black Earth Region. Though the Botanical Garden is relatively young, it had already been registered as one of unique scientific settings of the Russian Federation (learn more about Modern Research Infrastructure of the Russian Federation at http://ckp-rf.ru/usu/200997/ (in Russian)). Integrated scientific effort here at the Botanical Garden is devoted to studying invasive and alien flora, investigation of anthropogenous transformation of flora, to developing issues of genetic conservation of wild and cultivated flora, plant introduction and acclimatization for the purposes of sustainable use of world resources and implementation on the territory of the Belgorod region.

The Botanical Garden staff professionals have a significant background for conducting scientific research and applied project development.

Current focuses

  • Studying invasive and alien flora,
  • investigation of anthropogenous transformation of flora,
  • prognosis and model construction of plant cover changes occurring as results of anthropogenous impact,
  • Technologies of plant clonal micropropagation,
  • Genetic and selection of decorative plants,
  • restoring and recultivation of territories disturbed by anthropogenic contamination,
  • Additional professional programs:
    • "Landscape design. Gardening. Technology of cultivation of perennial, annual crops and ornamental plants",
    • "Garden for yourself",
    • "The system of protective measures of fruit and berry crops and grapes "(8 hours),
  • organizing practical and on-the-job trainings for students of secondary and Higher education institutions of the Belgorod region,
  • environment monitoring, expert appraisal and changes forecast for territories where manmade objects function or are built,
  • advisory services on quarantine and invasive plant species,
  • excursion activities.

Perspective lines of activity

  • Biotechnology, genetic and selection of plants,
  • Creation of Syringa cultivars collection within the Belgorod lilacs project,
  • Plant cover changes, occurring as a result of climate change;
  • Developing projects on using plant-based products for alternative energy purposes;
  • Studying the world’s flora for educational purposes as well as for realization of promising projects in Pharmacy, developing herbal supplements for agriculture and veterinary based on plants grown by the Botanical Garden, and search for spice plants and plant species non-conventional for the Belgorod region.
  • Establishing the perspectives of precision agriculture for agricultural products production and plant diseases diagnosis.

Information was given by Valerie Tokhtar',
Head of the BelSU Botanical Garden, on 01.03.2019

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