Laboratory of Plant Ecological Physiology

Dr. Leonid A. Ivanov — с.н.с., к.б.н Этот адрес электронной почты защищен от спам-ботов. У вас должен быть включен JavaScript для просмотра.
Web of Science ResearcherID K-1913-2018
ORCID 0000-0001-6900-5086


Dr. Dina A. Ronzhina — с.н.с., к.б.н. Этот адрес электронной почты защищен от спам-ботов. У вас должен быть включен JavaScript для просмотра.
Web of Science ResearcherID J-9762-2018
ORCID 0000-0003-0854-0223


Dr. Svetlana V. Migalina — н.с., к.б.н. Этот адрес электронной почты защищен от спам-ботов. У вас должен быть включен JavaScript для просмотра.


Dr Polina K. Yudina — м.н.с., к.б.н. Этот адрес электронной почты защищен от спам-ботов. У вас должен быть включен JavaScript для просмотра.
Web of Science ResearcherID K-3044-2018


About us

Our laboratory was established on December 29, 2018. Earlier we were a part of the laboratory of Cultivation of herbaceous plants of the Botanical Garden, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. We study the physiological mechanisms of plant adaptation to environment in different taxa, ecological groups and biomes. We focus on the patterns of climatic distribution of plant functional traits in order to analyze the functional state of vegetation and to predict the plants response to climate change and anthropogenic influence. We develop a functional approach to climatic and ecological differentiation of plants founded by two great Russian scientists Academician A.T. Mokronosov and Professor V.I. P’yankov .

Research Methods

We use an unique research technic which is named the “mesostructure of photosynthetic apparatus” developed by the Ural School of Plant Physiology under the guidance of academician A. T. Mokronosov (1978, 1981). Recently the laboratory team supplemented this approach by a “projection method” for determining the mesophyll cell traits (Ivanova, Pyankov, 2002; Ivanova et al., 2018) and by the technologies of computer image analysis and three-dimensional modelling (Ivanova et al., 2006). Now “mesostructure” approach includes more than 30 quantitative structural and functional traits of leaves, tissues, cells and chloroplasts most important for the plant adaptation to environment.

Study the leaf mesostructure using the image analysis system SIAMS Mesoplant

In the cooperation with the company "SIAMS" (Ekaterinburg) a specialized software SIAMS Mesoplant for complex analysis of cells, tissues and leaves was created that allowed us to repeatedly increase the rate, accuracy and efficiency of measurements (Ivanova et al., 2002, 2006, 2018). The results of the usage this analyzer of leaf mesostructure you can see in our publications.

The laboratory also uses other widespread methods of plant ecological physiology ranged from the plant biomass and plant functional traits to the measurements of leaf gas exchange and biochemical methods with especial focus to photosynthetic pigments. We focus on field investigations of plant functioning across wide range of study regions in different climatic zones of Russia and Central Asia (Mongolia, Kazakhstan).

Measurement of leaf gas exchange with infra-red gas analyzer Li-6400XT

Determination of photosynthetic pigments content with the help of spectrophotometer in field conditions


 Our Projects

  1. Zonal and climatical regularities in formation of functional properties of vegetation cover of Northern Eurasia (RFBR 2015-2017).
  2. Study of leaf mesophyll as a system of structural, physical and chemical constraints in plant leaves (RFBR 2015-2017)
  3. Diversity of the three-dimensional structure of photosynthetic apparatus and its role in the optimization of vegetation gas exchange under climatic changes (RFBR 2011-2013)
  4. Geographic distribution regularities of plant leaf parameters in arid zone of Northern Eurasia (RFBR 2010-2012)
  5. Structural and functional diversity of Eurasia steppes plants and the forecast of its change at global climatic influences (RFBR 2005-2007)
  6. Assessment and Monitoring of Desertification Processes in Mongolia using Remote Sensing Methods and Geographic Information System. The project was jointly organized with partners from Moscow State University (Russia), Ben Gurion University (Israel), University of applied sciences (Germany) and Institute of Botany (Mongolia). (INCO-Copernicus-2 2001-2003)
  7. Phytosanierung von Schwermetallen in Böden mit Hilfe gentechnisch veränderter Pappeln: Stabilität des Transgens und Einfluss auf die Rhizoflora. The project was jointly organized by Freiburg University (Germany) and Centre of Ecological Teaching and Information (Russia). (BMBF 2002-2004)
  8. Northern desert, Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, 2017

Our Expeditions

The group provides expeditionary field researches in different climatic zones in Russia, Kazakstan and Mongolia for more than 20 years. The main purpose of the research is to study the mechanisms of adaptation of plants to climate.

Map of research sites

Tundra, Polar Ural, 2016

Talitsa river, Northern Ural, 2014

Petrophytic steppe, Dvurechensk, Sverdlovsk region, 2011.

Steppe slope, Dvurechensk, Sverdlovsk region, 2014

Ural Steppe, Chelyabinsk region, 2009

Ashisai steppe, Orenburg reserve, 2012

Northern desert, Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, 2017

Joint field expedition with German colleagues under the guidance of Prof., Dr. Norbert Hölzel (University Münster), steppe, Kazakhstan, 2017

Northern desert, Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, 2017

Northern desert, Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, 2017

Northern steppe, Volgograd region, Russia

Mountain ridge Aktru, Altai, 2002

Gobi Desert, Mongolia, 2000

Gobi Desert, Mongolia, 2001

Gobi Desert with Allium dominance, Mongolia, 2013

Gobi Desert, Mongolia, 2013

Gobi Desert, Mongolia, 2018

Larch forest and steppe, Zavkhan aimag, Mongolia, 2014


Режим работы Ботанического сада


ПН - ЧТ: 830 - 1715
ПТ: 830 - 1600
Перерыв: 1200 - 1300

СБ, ВС - выходные

Сад (вход платный)

ПН - Чт: 800 - 1800
ПТ: 800 - 1700

СБ, ВС - выходные

Выставочный павильон

ПН - ПТ: 1000 - 1700
Перерыв: 1300 - 1400

СБ, ВС - выходные

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