A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology
Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences
(NSCMB FEB RAS)

 

During its official visit to Vladivostok, the Council of Young Scientists of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB) visited the Primorsky Aquarium to meet with young scientists from the A. V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences (NSCMB FEB RAS). In the course of the meeting, biologists reported on their current work and offered suggestions about collaboration to the researchers from related fields.

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Sergei Turanov, a young geneticist from the NSCMB FEB RAS, spoke about the importance of bioinformatical techniques and about state-of-the-art strategies for collecting genetic material as well as about difficulties arising during the transfer of samples and information sharing aimed at enhancing global scientific research. Sergei also stated that physiology and medicine were areas where researchers from various fields of science could carry out joint projects.

Polina Mischenko, a staff scientist at the Primorsky Aquarium Shared Equipment Facility, told the delegation about her research focused on marine mammals. Her investigations include hormonal states of animals, their cognitive abilities and comparison of blood biochemistry of marine mammals kept in indoor pools and in sea-pen enclosures.

Stanislau Yuretski, Chairman of the Council of Young Scientists of the NASB, noted that the whole delegation was impressed by the present level of scientific activity at the institutions within the FEB RAS and a high potential for its further development.

"We visited institutions representing a range of scientific disciplines, and I managed to find some areas of common interest and new ideas for research almost in each of them," said Viktoriya Golovenchik, a staff scientist at the Scientific and Practical Center of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus for Bioresources. "During this trip, we exchanged contacts and discussed opportunities for cooperation with a lot of young scientists."

On the completion of the science-related portion of the visit, the guests were given a tour of the Primorsky Aquarium. The Belarusian delegation appreciated the excellent educational environment of the facility and the beauty of its exhibits.


 

In September 2022, Shri Pavan Kapoor, Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation, paid an official visit to Vladivostok to participate in the Russia-India session at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF). The delegation also included Sai Murali Seviti, Consul General of India in Vladivostok, and several escorts. On September 6, 2022, the delegation attended the Primorsky Aquarium – Branch of the NSCMB FEB RAS where the distinguished guests enjoyed an overview tour of the facility. The guests got acquainted with the Aquarium’s exhibits introducing the public to the diversity of marine and freshwater life across the globe.

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The interests of India and Russia lie in the broad areas of social and economic life, politics and ecology. Thus, when delivering his speech at the EEF, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, affirmed his country’s commitment to the “Act in the Far East” policy. This policy has become an important component of the "Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership" between India and Russia. Currently, a number of joint Russian-Indian projects in different fields are being run, including those aimed at developing cooperation in science and technology on the Russian Far East between the two countries.

In 2021, the NSCMB FEB RAS signed some agreements for science cooperation with two Indian scientific institutions: one Memorandum of Understanding was concluded with the CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (SCIR-NIO), Goa, India, and the other was signed with the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata (IISER-K). The latter Memorandum endorsed the establishment of the Centre for Excellence in Blue Economy.

At the Primorsky Aquarium, the delegation of high-ranking officials was met by Head of the International Cooperation Department at the NSCMB FEB RAS, Konstantin Lutaenko.


On June 26, 2022 a Russian-Chinese on-line meeting was held with the participation of NSCMB FEB RAS. The meeting was initiated by the Chinese-Russian Fisheries Platform Center (Hunchun city). The event was attended by the Russian Embassy in China, the Chinese Consulate General in Vladivostok, the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology FEB RAS, the Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries, the city governments of Hunchun, Beijing, Chongqing, Dalian, Changchun and by a number of representatives of interested organizations..

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The NSCMB FEB RAS was represented by Dr. Sergey Maslennikov, Senior Researcher of the Laboratory of Marine Ecosystem Dynamics, who delivered a presentation entitled "Cultivation of commercial crab species".

Zhang Shouzhi, Deputy Mayor of Hunchun Municipal Government, made proposals to develop of a Joint Chinese-Russian Laboratory of East Asian Aquaculture and presented the "Development Plan for the Chinese-Russian Cooperation in the Russian Far East (2018 - 2024)". The plan points out seven priority areas for trade and economic collaboration between Russia and China, including aquaculture. Over recent years, especially since 2018, the city of Hunchun, Jilin Province and the Russia’s border regions have made significant progress in the development of seafood trade.

The participants in the meeting underlined that the creation of the Joint Laboratory of East Asian Aquaculture would enable China and Russia to further facilitate cooperation in scientific research and thus to achieve mutually beneficial results in the field of industrial fish farming.


«Antey» Co. and the A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences have released more than 10,000 Kamchatka (King) crab fry into the Peter the Great Bay in Vladivostok.

Fry were raised at the Vostok Marine Experimental Station in Livadia as a part of a joint research project «Development of modern approaches to creating technologies for sustainable cultivation and reproduction of valuable marine Hydrobionts».

The total experimental batch of ten thousand specimens weighed only 40 grams, but in a few years the surviving crab fry will reach a weight of 2-3 kilograms.

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One of the films on the OTV-Prim programme "Marine", edited by V.G. Oshchenko, dedicated to the release of crab entitled "Kamchatka (King) crabs for the Amur Bay" has been translated into Chinese by simultaneous translation. The film materials were also posted on the RUARTS channel in Chinese social networks based on WeCHAT. Follow the link to view the film>>>


A delegation from the Institute of Natural Products Chemistry of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (INPC VAST, Hanoi) led by Professor Pham Quoc Long, President of the Scientific Committee, and Dr. Pham Minh Quan, Deputy Director of the Institute, visited the A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and its branch, "Primorsky Aquarium".

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Researchers from the Institute of Natural Products Chemistry VAST (Dao Thi Kim Dung, Dang Thi Minh Tuyet and Dang Thi Phuong Ly) and the Laboratory of Comparative Biochemistry of the NSCMB FEB RAS (V.I. Svetashev, E.V. Ermolenko, T.V. Sikorskaya and V.P. Grigorchuk) do research on marine natural compound biochemistry of coral reef communities in Vietnam. The research is carried out based on an agreement on cooperation between the Institutes and a joint grant from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.

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INPC VAST and NSCMB FEB RAS have been working in close collaboration since 2001, which resulted in many fundamental scientific publications, development of new medicines from natural resources of Vietnam, exchange of specialists, and training of graduate students.


On April 6, 2022, the 87th R/V "Akademik Mstislav Keldysh" cruise ended. It lasted for 120 days, with the port of Kaliningrad as the place of departure and completion of the expedition.

The NSCMB FEB RAS expedition team was formed to participate in a large-scale scientific expedition to study resources of the Southern Ocean ecosystem. The team consisted of O.G. Borzykh, expedition leader, research scientist of the Laboratory of Marine Microbiota, V.V. Kasyan, researcher of the Laboratory of Systematics and Morphology, junior research scientist of the Laboratory of Pharmacology G.V. Malykin, junior research scientist of the Laboratory of Pharmacology N.A. Shved.

The expedition organization was funded by Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. Research by the NSCMB FEB RAS group is conducted within the framework of the state assignment "Biodiversity and Structure of Bottom Communities of the Southern Ocean". The team performed a variety of scientific tasks.

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Expedition group photo.


Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to attend the International Symposium:

MODERN ACHIEVEMENTS IN POPULATION, EVOLUTIONARY AND ECOLOGICAL GENETICS (Dedicated to 300th Anniversary of Russian Academy of Science)

The meeting is held by the Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (FEB RAS), A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology FEB RAS (NSCMB FEB RAS, Vladivostok), Federal Science Center of Biodiversity in East Asia FEB RAS, Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), and Vladivostok Public Foundation for Development of Genetics (VFDG).

MAPEEG-2022 is the eleventh symposium held in Vladivostok and Vostok Marine Biological Station, Russia. The symposium will be arranged on September 7-11, 2022. The current meeting will be primarily hosted by NSCMB FEB RAS.

The main subjects are the following:

  • Evolutionary Genetics & Genomics
  • Molecular Systematics, DNA Barcoding, and Phylogenetics
  • Microevolution. Population-Genetic Structure of Species
  • Ecological Genetics

For more information, follow this link: http://wwwimb.dvo.ru/misc/mapeeg/index.php/en/


On April 13, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko paid an official visit to Primorye. The head of the Friendly State took part in a working meeting with Governor Oleg Kozhemyako. The main topic of the talks was the cooperation between the Republic and the Territory (Primorsky Krai), implementation of the ongoing projects and new areas of cooperation.

The point in the itinerary of the delegation was the Primorsky Aquarium - a unique place where everyone can learn about the evolution of life in the ocean, the biodiversity of inhabitants of fresh and sea waters of the planet, including the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk, the Bering Sea, Lake Baikal and Lake Khanka, the Amur River. Alexander Lukashenko visited the dolphinarium and watched the show at the Primorsky Aquarium.

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The President of Belarus was met by Inessa V. Duyzen, the Acting director of the National Scientific Center of Marine Biology named after A.V. Zhirmunsky, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


In December 2021, the A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences (the NSCMB FEB RAS), represented by its Acting Director, RAS Corresponding Member Dr. Inessa V. Dyuizen and the National Marine Biodiversity Institute of Korea (MABIK), represented by Dr. Wan-Hyun Choi, President of the MABIK, renewed their cooperation under the existing Memorandum of Understanding. Formal collaboration between the organizations began in 2016-2017, when the decision was made to document the relationship and create a joint Laboratory, called “the Marine Joint Laboratory of Biodiversity” (MJLB). As part of the work of the joint Russian-Korean Marine Biodiversity Laboratory, the first field work was carried out on the coast of the Peter the Great Bay on June 23-30, 2019.

With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and its limitations, the two parties managed to identify promising areas of cooperation for 2022 in an online format and negotiate on an agreement under the existing Memorandum of Understanding which involves sharing experiences in developing best practices, organizing joint scientific events, conferences, colloquiums, symposiums, joint projects and research. So, the next MJLB committee scientific meeting will take place in the near future on the Zoom platform.


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Despite the ongoing restrictions due to the COVID-19 epidemic, a group of foreign scientists led by Professor Hwang Ui Wook, the director of the Institute for Phylogenomics and Evolution of the Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Republic of Korea, visited the A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology FEB RAS. The group included three postgraduates who came to see the zoological collections of the museums of the NSCMB FEB RAS, the Federal Scientific Center of the East Asia Terrestrial Biodiversity FEB RAS, and FEFU.

On October 6-8, 2021 an international conference entitled “Marine Biology in the 21st Century: Achievements and Development Outlook” took place in Vladivostok. It was hosted by the A. V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences (NSCMB FEB RAS) and the Primorsky Aquarium – Branch of the NSCMB FEB RAS. Run both in-person and virtually, the event was attended by scientists from various countries — Russia, China, India, Germany, the USA and Canada. Academician Valentin Sergienko, Chairman of FEB RAS, and Academician Andrei Adrianov, Vice President of RAS, gave opening addresses to the conference on behalf of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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On August 26, 2021, an online ceremony was held to sign the Memorandum of Understanding between the A. V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology FEB RAS and the CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO), Goa, India. The Memorandum formalizes the intentions of the two parties to cooperate in the field of marine biology and marine ecology and conservation in the Indian Ocean region, Pacific and Arctic regions.

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On October 6-8, 2021 the A. V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences (the NSCMB FEB RAS) and the Primorsky Aquarium – Branch of the NSCMB FEB RAS will jointly hold an international scientific conference in Vladivostok, Russia "Marine Biology in the 21st Century: Achievements and Development Outlook (in Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Academician Alexey V. Zhirmunsky)".

The conference will be held to mark the Year of Science and Technology in the Russian Federation (2021), the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) (https://oceandecade.org/) , the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Marine Biology, now called the A. V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology (2020) (http://www.imb.dvo.ru/index.php/en/we-are-50), and the 5th anniversary of the Primorsky.

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On February 26, the A. V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology and the Primorsky Aquarium carried out an online meeting with their colleagues from the Lotte World Aquarium located in Seoul, the Republic of Korea. It was the first of a series of webinars which are planned to be held with various aquariums across the world.

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation. On October 23rd, 2020, “Primorsky Aquarium” – Branch of the NSCMB FEB RAS held a solemn ceremony dedicated to this anniversary with opening an exhibition and launching an audio tour of the Aquarium in Korean. The number of tourists from the Republic of Korea to Vladivostok reached 300,000 in 2019, and many of them visited “Primorsky Aquarium”. The scientific relations between NSCMB FEB RAS and the Korean scientific and educational institutions are also getting stronger. Since 2016, research studies have been conducted in a joint laboratory on the basis of NSCMB FEB RAS and the National Marine Biodiversity Institute of Korea (MABIK). Therefore, the administration of NSCMB FEB RAS and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Vladivostok, in view of the anniversary and the established close relations, agreed to organize an exhibition on the platform of “Primorsky Aquarium”, which was supported by the Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of RF in Vladivostok.

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Visiting guests of the exhibition hall of the «Primorsky Aquarium».

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