#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. This year, the Arctic Floating University expedition members are researching microorganisms for the first time to obtain new antibiotics and enzymes. This was announced by the Northern (Arctic) Federal University’s Arctic Strategic Development Institute head Alexander Saburov.
According to him, cold-resistant bacteria that live in high latitudes secrete a number of enzymes that can find practical application in the food industry, for example, in the dairy industry.
“Another line of work is the search for uncultivated bacteria in the Arctic that can survive in extreme conditions, as well as viruses that “attack” bacterial microorganisms. It is expected that this will help scientists find breakthrough solutions in the field of creating new generation antibacterial drugs that can cope with highly resistant pathogenic and opportunistic flora”, the Arctic Development Project Office’s (PORA) press service quoted Saburov.
The Arctic floating university expedition, which has been held annually since 2012, will include employees and students of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Institute of Experimental Medicine, NArFU and the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia. This season, the work is organized in two flights: in June-July and July-August. Participants will work on islands in the Arctic Ocean, including the Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land archipelagos.
Earlier, we told that scientists assessed the state of biodiversity in the rivers and lakes of the Arctic. We also reported that global warming is endangering most polar bear populations in the Arctic.
Text: Ekaterina Elkanova, Photo: Olga Alexandrova