Russian State Agrarian University - Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy

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IMG 5815Leading Russian and foreign experts presented speeches and reports at an open international webinar on regulating cadmium levels in phosphate-based fertilizers to solve global challenges facing food systems and environmental safety in the 21st century. The discussion was moderated by Professor Vladimir Trukhachev, the University rector and member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

In the form of a live dialogue, priority challenges and accumulated experience on environmental regulation and agroecological assessments of cadmium levels in phosphate-based fertilizers, food and soil were discussed to address the global challenges of food security and environmental safety in the 21st century.

Professor Trukhachev called the issues of food security and environmental safety the main challenges of our time, solutions to which are intended to ensure sustainable access for consumers to high-quality and environmentally friendly food. At the same time, the main source of food is agricultural production, the productivity of which is largely determined by the agroecological quality of soils and the fertilizers used on them.

“The rational use of high-quality fertilizers, taking into account their composition, the agroecological features of soils, the requirements of specific varieties of crops and the weather conditions during the growing season, makes it possible to obtain high yields of high quality with minimal environmental risks in a sustainable and cost-effective way”, said Professor Trukhachev.

According to the Professor, the activities of the World-class scientific centre “Agrotechnologies of the Future”, established at the University, are aimed at solving these problems. The centre develops framework agroecological models for the production process, intelligent decision support systems and IoT monitoring systems for problematic agroecological situations that are aimed at designing and quickly adjusting the best available agrotechnologies.

Professor Trukhachev expressed the hope that the conference, with the participation of Russian and foreign experts, would help minimise the environmental and economic risks of crop production, determine the necessary amount of phosphate-based fertilizers for the main types of crops, and facilitate the agroecologically sound regulation of cadmium levels in mineral fertilizers.

The Vice-Chair of the⁠ UN FAO’s International Network on Soil Pollution (INSOP), Dr Deyi Hou, noted that some producers’ phosphate-based fertilizers were the main source of cadmium contamination; therefore, farmers should opt for phosphate-based fertilizers that do not contain hazardous concentrations of cadmium in order to ensure soil health.

In turn, the Secretary of the FAO’s Global Soil Partnership (GPP), Ronald Vargas, stressed that the organisation recommends that farmers use only fertilizers that comply with the principles of sustainable land management, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the International Code of Conduct for the Sustainable Use and Management of Fertilizers.

Oleg Kobyakov, Director of the FAO’s Liaison Office with the Russian Federation, drew attention to the Liaison Office’s close friendship and mutually beneficial partnership with the Timiryazev Academy. He also presented the International Code of Conduct for the Sustainable Use and Management of Fertilizers to the discussion participants.

The following individuals gave presentations at the forum:
Professor Riccardo Valentini, holder of an honorary doctorate from the Timiryazev Academy and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize; Dr Stefanos Fotiou, Director of the UN Food Systems Coordination Hub; Dr Ronald Vargas, Secretary of the FAO’s Global Soil Partnership; Dr Deyi Hou, Vice-Chair of the UN FAO’s International Network on Soil Pollution; Dr Vinisa Saynes Santillan, representative of the International Network on Fertilizer Analysis; Professor Vladimir Romanenkov, Head of the Agricultural and biological chemistry Department at the Moscow Lomonosov State University; Professor Ivan Vasenev, Head of the⁠ Ecology Department at the Russian State Agrarian University – Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy; and others.

The forum was organised by the Russian State Agrarian University – Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy, with the participation of leading Russian and foreign experts from the FAO’s Global Soil Partnership, the UN Food Systems Coordination Hub, the FAO’s Liaison Office with the Russian Federation, the Eurasian Soil Partnership, and major universities and specialised research institutions in Russia and foreign countries.

The Timiryazev Academy started a strategic session on the topic “Formation of a culture of innovative entrepreneurship in agricultural universities

The discussion is devoted to the issues of support of technological developments and their commercialization in agricultural universities.

As part of the Strategic Session, panel discussions, analysis of business cases and successful practices in teams, brainstorming on the development of tools for working with startups, and presentations of university roadmaps are held. During the event, the final pitch session of the competition of innovative student projects "Breakthrough Technologies in the Agro-Industrial Sector" will take place.

University Rector, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor Vladimir Trukhachev expressed special gratitude to the Innopraktika and UCC Uralchem companies for organizing such a representative event. The head of the university emphasized that the event was attended by experts in the field of technological entrepreneurship: representatives of the leadership of leading companies in the agricultural sector (Miratorg, Cherkizovo, Efko, Damate, Steppe), and high-tech universities (HSE, MIPT, Skoltech), rectors of agricultural universities, entrepreneurs and investors in the field of AgroFoodTech.

Graduate students of Timiryazev academy were trained at the Vavilov school in the Kuban

b img62The Vavilov School of Young Scientists "Plant Genetic Resources: Preservation and Use in Breeding for the Food Security of the Russian Federation" was held at the branches of the All-Russian Institute of Plant Genetic Resources.

The concept of the Vavilov School program is focused on issues of breeding work on agricultural crops that are a priority for ensuring food security in Russia and import substitution - wheat, sunflower, sugar beet, soybeans and others.

This year, 27 young scientists from St. Petersburg, the Novosibirsk Region, Yakutia, Adygea, the Krasnodar Territory and Moscow became participants in the Vavilov School. Among them are master students of the Institute of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture of the RT SAU Yulia Degtyareva and Victoria Kulagina. Representatives of the Timiryazev Academy noted that the visit to the Kuban Genetic Seed Bank made it possible to get an idea of the approaches to modern gene banking, and participation in the School itself provided an opportunity not only to acquire new knowledge, but also to get acquainted with colleagues from all over Russia, to exchange experience with them.

As a result of participation in the program, Yu. Degtyarevа and V. Kulaginа received documents on advanced training.

Timiryazev Academy was presented in the program of the Russian-Chinese round table

At the invitation of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, scientists from the Timiryazev Academy and the "Agrotechnologies for the Future" scientific center took part in the VII Round Table "Russian-Chinese scientific and technical cooperation in the development and implementation of high technologies." The participants of the event discussed the prospects for the introduction of Russian-Chinese innovative developments.

The round table was held with the aim of demonstrating the high commercialization potential of Russian, Chinese, as well as joint Russian-Chinese innovative developments and projects. Within the framework of the event, the prospects for their implementation were discussed, as well as the issues of training qualified personnel for high-tech and promising industries by the universities of the two countries.

The participants of the round table were representatives of scientific and educational organizations of the two countries, implementing projects in priority areas for Russia and China. Among the promising areas are modern industrial and production technologies, new materials and technologies, biotechnologies and applied medical technologies.

The participants of the summer school on plant breeding became known

From June 26 to July 9, 2022 RSAU-MAA named after K.A. Timiryazev and the Skoltech Innovation Center are preparing a rich program on modern plant breeding technologies. Participants will get acquainted with the most modern technologies used in plant breeding, take part in practical laboratory classes and master classes. The program of the School includes visits to leading breeding companies, research centers and laboratories.

In total, more than 90 applications from 27 regions of Russia were received for participation in the Summer School 2022. Students of agricultural universities of the CIS countries actively showed themselves in the competitive selection. Based on the evaluation results of the competition commission, the final list of school participants included 34 students of agronomic and biological specialties from 15 regions of Russia, as well as from Belarus and Kazakhstan.

The participation in the Summer School will be free of charge for participants: the organizers will pay for travel to the venue, accommodation and meals.

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