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The unique greenhouse of the Sakhalin Institute of FEB RAS suffers disaster

Due to a lack of funds, the Institute of Marine Geology and Geophysics of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences decided to close its greenhouse - a unique engineering structure built in the 30s of the last century for the Japanese Agricultural Institute. The press secretary of the Institute Olga Shestakova told IA Sakh.com about it.

To date, preparatory technical works have been carried out to close the greenhouse: the mains for heat and water supply have been blocked. Given the Sakhalin weather conditions, this will lead to the death of plants in it in the near future. But until now, employees continue to support plants, take care of them.

Orangery - a unique engineering structure, like the main building of the Institute, was built in the 30-ies of the last century for the Japanese Agricultural Institute. During the Soviet period scientific works on the agricultural subjects of closed soil, decorative plants (cacti, orchids, etc.) were cultivated, as well as introduction and acclimatization of plants (even ginseng was grown). Since the beginning of the 90, due to lack of funds, the state of the greenhouse has worsened - there was only enough financing to replace broken glass and heating.

In 2003, there was a fire and two hulls of the greenhouse were destroyed. Employees saved some of the exhibits. In the remaining compartment there are now various kinds of tropical and ornamental plants.

The Russian Academy of Sciences and the institute of budgetary financing do not have funds for the maintenance of the greenhouse, since there is no scientific topic related to it. At the same time, realizing the historical value of this structure, in order to preserve it, the scientific institution is ready to lease it for a symbolic fee. “As the saying goes, we are ready to consider any proposals,” the Institute said. Live exhibits can be attractive to school children. In addition, the greenhouse has space for growing flowers or seedlings. 

Photo: IA Sakh.com from the archive of the institute

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