Altai State Agrarian University (AGAU) for the subsidy from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation in the amount of 15 million rubles purchased equipment that allows research in the field of agrobiotechnology - in the field of livestock and crop production in a modern format, TASS correspondent Nikolai Kolpakov told the TASS correspondent.
“Thanks to this money, we were able to modernize and create new laboratories - only 13. The Ministry of Agriculture has been allocating funds for a number of years, but in 2017 the amount of funds was allocated higher: we spent 15 million, another 5 million are in our work. The main topic was directed to the Faculty of Agronomy and Biotechnology, ”said Kolpakov.
According to the rector, thanks to the purchase of new equipment at the university, they will be able to conduct research in the field of “precision farming”: this is the use of satellite imagery, aerial photographs, their decryption and the use of modern technology, which allows, depending on changing conditions, soil characteristics, to regulate the indicators of seed sowing, fertilizer consumption , means of protection. These data, in combination with modern GIS technologies, allow you to create an accurate map of the agroecological conditions of the field. Also, new equipment was installed in the laboratory of milk and dairy products - a device was purchased that allows you to determine the quality indicators of milk, and a set of equipment for cottage cheese.
According to Kolpakov, the issue of creating a laboratory of meristemic propagation of plants (a method of reproduction based on cell division of educational tissue in flasks - approx. TASS), primarily for potatoes, is currently being studied. The possibility of hematological and biochemical analyzers for the veterinary faculty is also being considered.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Altai Territory, the laboratories of the agricultural university were equipped with modern research equipment, fulfilling the instructions of the President of the Russian Federation on bringing education closer to the needs of the modern economy.
AGAU was created in 1943 on the basis of the Pushkin Agricultural Institute evacuated from Leningrad. They are engaged in scientific research in the field of agriculture. Today, about 6 thousand students study in all directions at the university. For the agricultural Altai Territory, which has the largest arable land in the Russian Federation - 6,5 million hectares, it is very important that young specialists receive knowledge in various sectors of agriculture according to modern standards.
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