Due to the fact that one of the winners called off the project, Board of Lake Baikal Foundation was to launch the procedure to revise the results, according to the Regulations of the Contest.
A new winner was decided by the number of points which it got from the Expert Council of Baikal Initiative. The leader among those who were still interested in implementation of their projects was the application of Zhanna Petunina «Research on distribution of microsporidiosis in Baikal endemic invertebrates». The main focus of project is the influence of microsporidium on the evolutionary processes in Baikal invertebrates’ communities. The project is important from the point of studying the communities’ resistance against anthropogenic influence on the lake’s ecosystem. Results of the research are essential to build a system of rational natural resource use.
The winner project now joins the second stage of the contest – search for sources of co-financing in amount of 20% of the requested sum of grant. The winners of the first stage of Baikal Initiative must provide co-financing guarantees to the Foundation till December 15, 2018.
The current winners of the first stage of Baikal Initiative 2018 are:
- «Development of implantable fluorescent biosensors for in vivo monitoring of heavy metals in tissues of endemic amphipods of Lake Baikal». Manager – Anton N. Gurkov.
- «Conservation and recruitment of the Olkhon vole population in the Baikal region». Manager – Igor V. Moroldoev.
- «Research on microsporidiosis in Baikal endemic invertebrates». Manager – Zhanna V. Petunina.
- Grand Prix: «Monitoring of waterbirds in the southern part of Lake Baikal in the long-lasting low-water period». Manager – Alexander I. Povarintsev.