TSU Botanical Garden (SibBG), which will celebrate its 140th anniversary in August 2020, is preparing a new exposition on planting and breeding rare plants brought by the staff from expeditions. The exhibition will also serve as a place to preserve the Botanical Garden's flower collections.
At the same time, every year SibBG staff go on expeditions and bring back rare and endangered plants that are of interest to research. It is not known how they will behave in the new conditions, so they will be placed in some isolation from the main collections. As Mikhail Yamburov notes, the new exposition has not only scientific but also educational value. Students of the TSU Biological Institute will practice here, and classes will be conducted for schoolchildren.
In the development and design of the site, the SibBG staff is assisted by students employed through the UniProfi online exchange. Students from Russia, Equatorial Guinea, and Indonesia, who are studying at the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Biological and Legal Institutes, Faculty of Physics, Faculty of Historical and Political Studies, and other faculties of the university, work at the exhibition.
In addition to getting a salary and new experience, students also boost their language skills. For example, the future IT specialist Juan Manuel (Equatorial Guinea) and the future political scientist Akila Salma (Indonesia) already easily communicate with scientists and other students in Russian.
At present, 36 people from the labor exchange work in the Botanical Garden. In the coming days, the number of students will increase even more, because there is a lot of work on the eve of the anniversary. They not only take part in arranging the new exposition (laying paths, planting plants), they help to put everything in order - they are engaged with the staff in cleaning up garbage and emergency trees and taking care of parterre flower beds.