Team: Biochemistry and biotechnology of microorganisms

Laboratory of Plant Cell Biophysics and Biochemistry

Head of the team:

T.V. Samovich, Ph.D


Main research trends:

  1. Biochemistry and physiology of algae.
  2. Development of low-expensive technologies for producing algae biomass.
  3. Photobiological method for producing hydrogen.
  4. Maintenance and replenishment of algae museum and electronic catalogue of registration certificate and descriptive informatin of economically useful algae.

Important results:

  • Release of physiologically active substances of cytokinin origin into culture medium by algae was found. A stimulating effect of these compounds on germination; seed germination energy of agricultural plants; their producivity; content of protein, carotene and chlorophyll in them, as well as on rooting of cuttings at vegetative propagation of ornamental plants.
  • A series of investigation was carried out for physiology of Spirulina cyanobacterium. The relationship between microalga productivity, content of pigments in it and culturizing conditions, temperature and additives of growth and development regulators was studied.
  • The influence of heavy metal cations on individual stages of chlorophyll biosynthesis in algae was analysed.
  • Hydrogen-releasing microorganism activity was studied in various taxonomic groups: bacteria, cyanobacteria, green and Euglena algae.
  • The possibility of growing biotechnological stains of Spirulina and Dunaliella on media, containing clay-salt processing wastes of Soligorsk IC “Belaruskali”, was established.
  • The microorganism collection is sustained on liquid and solid media: bacteria, cyanobacteria, red, green and Euglena algae.
  • Wasteless and cheap technology was for production of biologically active additive based on algae (Chlorella) suspension and used in addition to feeding rations of cattle, pigs and poultry.
  • ·Organisation has been started for the experimental-industrial production of bioactive feed additive based on algae suspension for cattle, pigs and poultry feeding.

The team order for production of biomass from alga Spirulina has been developed

The technology and a small-lot production of biologically active nutrient additions from algae have been developed and put into operation