X-BIO to Become a New Research Centre for Studying the Fundamentals of Plant Biosafety

Admissions 4 December 2017
On 27 November 2017, UTMN Academic Council made the decision to establish the X-BIO Institute of Environmental and Agricultural Biology. Earlier this year, in July, the X-BIO project was endorsed by the university’s Supervisory Board.


“X-BIO is a strategically important academic project realized as part of the 5-100 project. Establishing X-BIO will allow the university to enhance its competitiveness and become an international-level centre of excellence in the sphere of plant biosafety,” noted UTMN Rector Valery Falkov during the Academic Council meeting in November.  

The X-BIO project combines research activity, postgraduate education and implementing innovations in agriculture and forestry within the region and beyond.

Firstly, interdisciplinary collaboration in the spheres of microfluidics, chemistry of natural compounds, plant production science, soil biology, microbiology and antimicrobial resistance, entomology, acarology, phytopathology and plant protection will be facilitated, said UTMN Vice Rector for Research and International Affairs, Andrei Tolstikov. Apart from interdisciplinarity, the focus will be high standards of research conducted by X-BIO students and staff. Being published in research journals with the highest quartiles, participating in projects supported by grants from international and federal foundations and closely collaborating with leading Russian and international research centres will be ensured. 

Secondly, among the Institute’s distinguishing features will be integrated master and PhD programmes and joint projects with specialists from the world’s leading research centres. Project-based education at the Institute will be conducted in English, as the X-BIO has already attracted the attention of international students and professors.

Finally, the Institute will provide a practical track that includes developing and testing ‘smart agriculture’ technologies. 

Key to the project’s success will be cooperation with largest agrotechnology companies, including UGMK-Agro and CARGILL Russia, and research centres. The All-Russian Institute of Plant Protection of the Russian Academy of Sciences is to become a UTMN strategic partner in the X-BIO project. 

Source: UTMN Department of Strategic Communications

Link to Russian version: https://www.utmn.ru/presse/novosti/proekt-5-100/469383/ 


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