Schoolchildren from Tsilkani N1 state school visited Ivane Sarishvili Scientific Research laboratory of Soil in village Tsilkani, Mtskheta municipality and got acquainted with working process. The visit was part of a grant project funded by International Union of Soil Sciences – IUSS. The project is leaded by head of the laboratory Giorgi Ghambashidze.
The aim of the project is to establish “soil corners” at schools, where will be presented information regarding importance of soil, its role in ecosystem services and protection measures of soil and land.
Participant pupils from target schools are regularly hosted by the laboratory were they learn about modern approaches and methodologies of work in soil laboratory and in the field.
On the eight meeting of the eco club, members of The Lone Earth attended on presentation by Manager of Kakha Bendukidze University Campus Museum of Natural Sciences, PhD student of Agricultural University of Georgia Anna Veshaguridze on topic: Climate, vineyard and terroir concepts in viticulture
The lecture was about importance of climate in duration of vegetation period and zonality. Concepts of Terroir in European countries and impact of climate change on viticulture sector.
On the seventh meeting of eco-club schoolchildren attended lecture about Borjomi valley. Presenter Tamar Khoshtaria gave talk about history of Borjomi, mineral waters and resort zones. Also challenges of the region and reasons of their existence.
Members of the club were interested about recent frequent wild fires and approaches of prevention
On the sixth meeting of the eco-club, participants were presented a lecture “A world of invisible rays” that was about modern problems of radio biology and about famous Georgian scientist Ivane Tarkhnishvili. The lecture was presented by Mikheil Gogebashvili and Nazi Ivanishvili, representatives from I. Beritashvili Center of Experimental Biomedicine, Laboratory of Radiation Safety Problems.
At the end of the presentation, the schoolchildren and their teachers gave questions and discussion was held. The meetings of the club will be held once in two week.
With initiative of Georgian Society of Soil Science and Michail Sabashvili Institute of Soil Science, Agrochemistry and Melioration on the basis of Agricultural University of Georgia within competition of Shota Rustaveli National Scientific Foundation of Georgia “Science Begins from School – Research with Participation of Schoolchildren” project “Examination of soil conditions and approaches to rational use of adjacent territories of Kojori-Samadlo motor road” has been conducted.
Under the project there was three stages of work. First of all, the schoolchildren were presented project targets and working schedule, field works were planned and implemented.
After examination of the research area and taking soil samples, laboratory analyses were conducted. The pupils did soil analysis and were acknowledged to working principles and specifications in the university and soil laboratory. At the same time review of special literature was done.
After getting results of analysis and review of literature, the soil map of the research area was prepared and approaches of rational use of roadsides was worked out. In the final stage the participants have presented final results and the map.
During the project participants celebrated The World Soil Day and the ecoclub “The Lone Earth” was founded.