Research Area 1: Improved understanding of epidemic and emerging infectious animal diseases
Study of the epidemiology of Bacillus anthracis at animal burial sites in permafrost regions
Study and use of bacteriophages in treatment of infectious animal diseases
Population growth, socio-cultural and economic changes as well as technological progress have an immediate impact on environment and human health in particular. Our steadily rising needs of resources increase pressure on the environment and narrow down untainted habitats for plants and wild animals. Balance and resilience of ecosystems are further threatened by climate change, as temperature and seasonal shifts increase the pressure for all species to find successful survival strategies. Arctic and subarctic regions are especially vulnerable to climate change, as thawing of permafrost significantly transforms soil structures, vegetation and habitats. With rising temperature, the risk of zoonotic diseases in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) has also increased. As vegetation periods prolong and habitats broaden, zoonotic pathogens and their vectors find more favourable living conditions. Moreover, permafrost degradation may expose historic burial grounds and allow reviving the vectors of deadly infections from the past.
Federal State Budgetary Educational institution of Higher education “Yakut State Agricultural Academy” is the basic agricultural higher educational institution of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation in the North-East of Russia, which provides professional educational programs for higher, secondary and additional education. There are filial branch (Oktyomskiy), 17 sub- faculties, a scientific library named after K.D. Utkin, experimental practical farms in Oktyomtsy and subdivisions in Academy’s structure. The students of Yakut state agricultural academy of the first and the second course have an opportunity to get practice training in the equestrian sport complex, landscape and greenhouse complexes, Yakut milky plant, poultry factory, Khatas agicultural enterprise, financial and agroindustrial corporations, municipal unitary enterprises of the Republic. In 2020 the Academy won the grant "Erasmus+ SAGRIS" on enhancement of postgraduate studies. The Academy also works on several projects for reindeer husbandry - development of scheme for anti-brucellosis actions in reindeer farms of the Arctic. development of biological drugs for animal treatment. The Academy develops international relations in the field of scientific investigations and there is being realized a conception of joining the International Arctic University, which is created by common efforts of several countries. As a whole, the Academy international activity has a tendency to enter international educational and scientific- technical space. The Academy employs 250 teachers, including 53 professors and 130 candidates of sciences. Acting rector of the Academy is Ivan Sleptsov.