Federal Scientific Center of the East Asia Terrestrial Biodiversity is the largest research institution for biodiversity-related studies and activities in Russia. It was established on 30th December 2016 by uniting the oldest scientific organizations at the Russian Far East - Institute of Biology and Soil Science (est. 1962), V.K. Komarov Mountain-Taiga Station (est. 1932) and V.K. Komarov Ussuriisk State Nature Reserve (est. 1934).


Our mission: to assess the regional biodiversity at every level. Goals:

  • gaining new fundamental biological data, study on dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems at the Russian Far East and neighboring areas of Asia and Pacific;
  • long-term monitoring of natural ecosystems, prognosis of environmental situation in the region;
  • development of scientific basis for biodiversity conservation, its reproduction and sustainable management;
  • training of scholars and scientists with advanced degrees.

Main research topics

Biodiversity of vascular plants and cryptogamous biota of the East Asia

Dynamics of biodiversity and productivity of the continental waters of the East Asia in a changing global environment

Biodiversity of parasites and development of molecular-genetic markers for parasite-host cenoses of the East Asian region

Biodiversity, taxonomy and evolution of terrestrial arthropods in the East Asia

Bird diversity at the Asia eastern margin in a changing world: monitoring of populations, Red-Listed species common to Russia and the APR countries; Hi Tech methods and approaches in studies of population ecology, seasonal migrations and taxonomy of the birds

Transformation of mammal communities of the Asia-Pacific region at environmental changes from the view of modern and historical aspects

Dynamics, function and evolution of soils and vegetation of the Northeast Asia

Evolution of the East Asia biota based on recent and fossil material

Study on the biota of the Ussuriisk Nature Reserve and the development of scientific approaches for the integrated area protection

Reproduction, conservation, protection and optimization of the biological resources of the Far East

Bioengineering and postgenomic technologies for fundamental issues and applied tasks of sustainable use of bioresources in the Far East



Dept. of Botany

Taxonomy, ecology and biogeography of fungi, cryptogamic and vascular plants

  • Botany
  • Herbarium VLA based on Acad. Komarov V. L. (1916) collection
    4th largest one (2nd - the Asian part) in Russia
    Vascular plants (> 440 000)
    Cryptogamic plants, fungi & mosses (> 92 000)
    Types (786 specimens/324 taxa)

Dept. of Zoology

Study on fauna’s biodiversity, ecology, and evolution

Labs: Entomological collection: 950 000 specimens. Based on Kurentsov A.I. (1931) collection

Dept. of Forestry and Soil Resources


Verkhneussuriisk Experimental Forest Station

The V.L. Komarov Ussuriisk State Nature Reserve




Joint-Use Center «Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering» (IC BTGE)

  • Microscopy group
  • DNA sequencing group
  • Proteomics Lab.


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