Report about first results of the cooperation research: Transcaucasian Eurasian Crane (Grus grus archibaldi): species ecology, behavior and conservation

Report prepared by Günter Nowald

International research team members: Günter Nowald, Alexander Abuladze, Elena Ilyashenko, Xavier Chauby, Ferdi Akasu, Kirill Postelnykh, Mamikon Ghasabian, Anne Kettner, Thomas Heinicke; Aleaxnder Bukhnikashvili; Gia Edisherashvili; Ioseb Natradze; Andrei Kandarov; George Sheklashvili.

In 2014 the research groups of the Institute jointly launched a five-year project Animal Diversity in Georgia’s Natural and Agro-ecosystems, Monitoring and Bio-control. 

Basic Research Support Grant FR/479/7-130/13 awarded by Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation for the Study of Javakheti Upland Lakes for Sustainable Environmental and Fisheries Development
The project was launched in April 2014 and will be implemented within the period of three years.
Project Manager: Bela Japoshvili


  • Janeta Shubitidze
  • Marina Bojadze
  • Marina Gioshvili
  • Levan Mumladze
  • Ani Bikashvili

The Institute of Zoology, Department of Hydrobiology and Ichthyology

EU programme Grant Black Sea 2007-2013: Research and Restoration of Essential Filters of the Sea (REEFS)

The project was launched in 2012 and will be completed in November 2015.
Beneficiary: The Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF), Bulgaria


1. Odessa Branch of the Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas (OBIBSS), Odessa, Ukraine;
2. NGO Mare Nostrum Ong, Constanta, Romania;
3. Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia;
4. The Faculty of Marine Sciences of the Black Sea Technical University (Karadeniz Technical University), Trabzon, Turkey.

Project Coordinator (in Georgia): Bela Japoshvili

  • Levan Mumladze
  • Jhaneta Shubitidze
  • Marina Gioshvili
  • Zurab Gurielidze
  • Nana Devidze
  • Tamar Loladze
  • Avtandil epadze
  • Natalia Iadze
  • Khatuna Tsiklauri

Currently the research project Characterization of Endemic Endomopathogenic Nematodes and the Study of their Potential is being implemented with the joint efforts of the Institute of Zoology, Ilia State University and the Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, Bari, Italy. The collaboration covers the period of 2016-2017. Georgian participants of the Project are Oleg Gorgadze, research group supervisor of the Institute of Zoology, Ilia State University and Manana Lortkipanidze, Associate Researcher of the Institute.
The project aims to detect and study entopathogenic nematodes in a variety of areas with different ecological, climatic and geographical characteristics, select highly virulent nematode strains and use them for controlling harmful pests.
The project supported exchange visits of principal investigators to Italy and Georgia. Between October 27 and 31, Oleg Giorgadze and Manana Lortkipanidze visited the city of Bari to meet their Italian counterparts and present a new entopathogenic nematode from Georgia. The morphological characteristics of the nematode had been studied by Georgian scientists, while the molecular analysis will be conducted by the Italian researchers. During the visit of Eustachio Tarasco and Prof. Alberto Troccoli to Georgia between 8 and 11 December 2017, research activities were planned. It was decided to study nematode varieties in both countries, select active nematode species and use them for controlling harmful pests.

The research group representatives Oleg Giorgadze and Manana Lortkipanidze maintain close collaboration with Prof. Sergey Spiridonov and Elene Ivanova of Surov's Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian National Academy. They have co-authored a research paper published in high-impact peer-reviewed Russian Journal of Nematology.

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