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kollegi iz alzhira priekhali na stazhirovku k ehntomologam ibbm nngu 1

A delegation of young scientists from the University of Guelma (Algeria) was hosted by the UNN Institute of Biology and Biomedicine (IBBM) as part of developing cooperation in science and education. The main purpose of the Algerian entomologists' internship at Lobachevsky University was to get acquainted with the achievements of their Russian colleagues, to acquire skills in identifying aquatic invertebrates: various insects, crustaceans and molluscs.

IBBM scientists’ strong competences in the field of entomology, which enable the study of the biodiversity features of animal evolution on our planet, make such internships an integral part of the University’s international scientific life.

"Our colleagues are studying the population of aquatic biocenoses, which is especially relevant in light of anthropogenic impact and deterioration of the quality of water suitable for human consumption. Aquatic invertebrates are particularly sensitive to pollution of water bodies,  so changes in their species composition are a clear indicator of water quality. For Africa, where drinking water shortage is a real problem in many regions, this is especially important," said Professor Maria Vedunova, Director of the UNN Institute of Biology and Biomedicine.

According to young scientists from Algeria, preserving every reservoir of drinking water is a national priority for them today. African entomologists brought with them more than 500 samples taken from different water bodies in Algeria in order to identify species composition and develop new biomonitoring criteria for Africa.

"In the era of global climate change, biologists around the world are facing extremely important challenges that are related not only to the conservation of our planet's biodiversity, but also to the effective identification of environmental changes that pose a threat to human life and health. Of course, the problem of conservation and biomonitoring of aquatic ecosystems is more acute for Africa than for Russia, but we are also constantly faced with changes in the quality of water, air and soil; we regularly hear about new "invasive" species and clearly understand how globally and rapidly the world around us is changing. Therefore, the most important task today is to preserve a comfortable environment," emphasised Professor Vedunova.

kollegi iz alzhira priekhali na stazhirovku k ehntomologam ibbm nngu

As part of the Priority 2030 state programme, Lobachevsky University scientists continue to develop effective systems for monitoring climate and environmental changes.

"It is, of course, very pleasant when our competences in the field of biology and entomology are so highly appreciated by foreign colleagues, but what is even more important for us is the establishment of a global biomonitoring network on our entire planet. So far, unfortunately, the available knowledge in this field is very fragmented. That is why we hope that cooperation with our colleagues from Algeria will be the first important step in this direction," Maria Vedunova added.