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Romanian scientific expedition set off to Siberia to study global warming

The participants of the first Romanian scientific expedition intend to study the impact of global warming on boreal forests in Siberia. They started their journey on the night of Friday, Romanian press agency Agerpres informs.
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The expedition is organised by the Biological Research Centre in Jibou (Salaj county in the west of the country) together with the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. Between June 15 and July 15 its participants will cover 22 thousand kilometres along the Trans-Siberian highway (the international transport corridor «Transsib»).

The expedition includes botanists, geographers, entomologists, zoologists, dendrologists, and specialists in photosynthesis. Romanian scientists will measure the physiological parameters of plants to assess the degree of danger to which the ecosystem is exposed as a result of climate change. Additionally, the scientists will try to establish contacts with universities in Asian part of Russia, i.e. in Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, and Vladivostok, to meet representatives of the Romanian expatriate community, and to find evidence of presence of Romanian volunteers in Siberia in 1918−1920.

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