Alexander Sukhotin, 2009
The White Sea Biological Station "Kartesh" (WSBS) is a marine research station of the Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences (Saint-Petersburg), located in the Chupa Inlet of the Kandalaksha Bay of the White Sea (66Â°20.230' N; 33Â°38.972' E), near the North Polar Circle.
WSBS was founded in 1957 as an all-the-year-round station to study seasonal changes and life cycles of the White Sea organisms. Since then the main areas of research at the WSBS have significantly enlarged and the Station has developed into an up-to-date marine laboratory. Currently the WSBS is one of the largest marine research stations in Russian North, and has been home for many excellent world-class researchers. The WSBS performs internationally recognized top-level fundamental research, offers educational programs, tours and excursions for scholars and students, carries out applied ecological studies and provides scientific expertise to the local businesses, industry and aquaculture. The WSBS became an associated member of the Network of Excellence: Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (MarBEF) in 2005 and joined The European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations (MARS) in 2008.
A special issue "Long-term research on marine ecosystems in the White Sea, Russia" edited by A. Sukhotin has been published in Hydrobiologia v 706 (http://link.springer.com/journal/10750/706/1/page/1). The volume contains 14 papers on the results of monitoring studies of communities and populations of the White Sea organisms. Contact authors for the full-text articles.
A new book "Biological Resources of the White Sea: Investigation and Exploitation" edited by V.Ja. Berger has been published by the Zoological Institute RAS. The book is in Russian. It contains a comprehensive review of the most up-to-date information on the hydrology, hydrochemistry and biological components of the White Sea ecosystems.
Inheritance of a white-spot pattern on the shell of gastropod mollusk Littorina obtusata has been shown to be controlled by two complementary biallelic genes.
(Source: Kozminsky, Lezin, Fokin, 2010, Genetika, 46: 1652-1659/)