Rector of the Peoples' Friendship University Vladimir Filippov appointed Chairman of the Higher Attestation Commission
Rector of the Peoples' Friendship University Vladimir Filippov appointed Chairman of the Higher Attestation Commission
May 22, 2019, the new composition of the Higher Attestation Commission of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia (139 members) and the composition of the Commission's Presidium (84 members) are approved. There are 94 new members in the new Commission (68%).

Vladimir Filippov, Rector of the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Academician of the Russian Academy of Education is appointed Chairman of the Commission.

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18 Sep
RUDN soil scientists developed a new method for assessing soil fertility

RUDN soil scientists have revealed a direct correlation between the rate of soil formation of carbon dioxide, called CO2 emissions, and the content of microbial biomass in it. It is known that CO2 emission from soil is mainly conditioned by respiration of soil microorganisms and plant roots. The more CO2 soil emits, the more microbial biomass it usually contains. It was shown that CO2 emission by chernozem of different ecosystems (or different types of land use) correlates with the content of microbial biomass, and most closely with the rate of its microbial respiration. And the soil with good microbial properties has the “best quality”, is more fertile, provides the highest yield of crops and other plant biomass.

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17 Sep
RUDN chemist developed a new catalyst for “green” biofuels

A RUDN chemist has synthesized a catalyst for the production of gamma-valerolactone — an energy-intensive “green” biofuel. The catalyst based on zirconium dioxide and zeolite has shown high efficiency in converting the waste of wood plant materials — methyl levulinate — to gamma-valerolactone.

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16 Sep
RUDN University biochemists linked polyphenols in peach leaves to the antioxidant effect of their extract

Biochemists from RUDN University determined which substances in peach leaves provide the antioxidant effect their extract has. They investigated the composition of the powders obtained from leaves of several varieties of peach and found that high polyphenol content correlates with antioxidant properties. The results will help start production of antioxidants from natural sources.