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Institute of Botany

Institute of Botany

General Information

The Institute of Botany ANAS was established in 1936. There are 7 Departments at the Institute: Systematics of Higher Plants; Systematics of Lower Plants; Geobotany and Mapping; Plants Resources; Molecular-Genetic Principles of Productivity; Experimental Botany; and Scientific Information and Innovation. The Institute’s staff consists of 134 scientists including 1 Academician, 6 Corresponding Members of ANAS, 4 Professors, 18 Doctors of Science and 79 PhDs.

Institute’s Focus

The main research areas of the Institute are focused on the following directions:

  • Selection of plant species which are tolerant to the environmental factors;
  • Theoretical principles of high productivity of plants;
  • Plant biodiversity;
  • Introduction and creation of gene bank of useful, rare and endangered plants;
  • Plant nutrition;
  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms of plant resistance to stress factors;
  • Molecular-genetic basis of production processes.

Valuable Technology Offerings

  1. In the direction of investigation of biodiversity of Azerbaijan flora, conservation and effective use of gene pool:
    • Biological diversity, introduction and creation of gene bank of useful, rare and endangered plant species;
    • Ecological-coenotic investigations of lower plants of Azerbaijan;
    • Studies on composition of species, ecology of Azerbaijan micobiota and the biological peculiarities of taxonomic significant species;
    • Studies on biodiversity, desertification, restoration and effective use of Azerbaijan flora;
    • Certification of important medicinal, aromatic-spicy, dye plants of Azerbaijan flora, their bioecological properties, resources, chemical composition, genetic peculiarities and ways of industrial use;
    • Isolation of biological active substances and their application in food industry, cosmetology and medicine;
    • Role of plants in decontamination of heavy metal and oil contaminated soils.
  2. In the direction of molecular-genetic and physical-chemical principles of the vital functions of living organisms:
    • Studies on molecular-genetic principles of productivity processes;
    • Studies on molecular mechanisms of photosynthetic adaptation of plants to environmental factors;
    • Ecophysiological investigations of plant tolerance to toxicity of mineral elements and salinity;
    • Investigations of physical-chemical peculiarities and regulation of mechanism of macrolacton compositions sensitive to membranes;
    • Tolerance of catalytic and energy-transducing systems of plants.

Scientific Cooperation and Technology Transfer

Institute of Botany collaborates with different Universities and Research Institutes:

  • Missouri Botanical Garden, USA;
  • University of Georgia, USA;
  • Iowa State University, USA;
  • Saskatchewan University, Canada;
  • University of Hannover, Germany;
  • University of Hohenheim, Germany;
  • Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum, Germany;
  • Sabanci University, Turkey;
  • Botanical Institute after V.L.Komarov, Russia;
  • Institute of Fundamental Problems of Biology, Russia;
  • Durmishidze Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Georgia;
  • Institute of Botany, Georgia;
  • Byelorussia State University, Byelorussia.

Some international projects story (supported by NATO, STCU, CEPF, IUCN, INTAS, INCO COPERNICUS etc.):

  • 1999-2001 - “Molecular and cellular mechanisms of plant Al-rhizotoxicity”;
  • 2004-2005 - “Selection and characterization of some heavy metals hyper-accumulators from Azerbaijan flora”;
  • 2006-2008 - “Environmental security: monitoring fungi associates and disease survey of some hardwood species in Azerbaijan”;
  • 2006-2009 - “Coordination and Development of Plant Red List Assessments for Caucasus Biodiversity Hotspot”;
  • 2006-2009 - “Novel approach for the improvement of ecological guaz pipelines”;
  • 2007 - “Survey and status assessment of potentially threatened Pyrus sp. in the Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia)”;
  • 2007-2008 - “Plant Conservation in the Caucasus Protected Areas – identification of Important Plant Areas to meet the 2010 target”.

Contact Details

Dr. Valida M. Ali-zade
Deputy Director, Prof.
40, Badamdar Shosse AZ 1073 Baku, Azerbaijan
Phone: (+994 12) 439 3380
Fax: (+994 12) 497 0994
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Dr. Esmira Alirzayeva
Chief Technology Commercialization Officer
Phone: (+994 12) 439 3380
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