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MARINE BIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (MBA)

Overview

Since its foundation in 1884, the MBA at Plymouth in the UK has had a rich history and has seen many highly significant scientific discoveries at its Citadel Hill laboratory. Today, MBA scientists deliver an internationally-renowned programme of scientific research. The MBA promotes scientific research into all aspects of life in the sea and disseminates to the public the knowledge gained. The research programme is structured around the broad themes "Ecosystems and environmental change" and "Mechanisms underlying biogeochemical and ecological processes". Within these themes, the MBA research groups carry out research on marine biogeochemical cycles, biodiversity and ecosystem function, science for sustainable marine resources, as well as running a programme of integrating sustained observations in the marine environment. The MBA also runs a strong and dedicated teaching and training programme for both researchers and the public.

MBA provides TA services for ASSEMBLE Plus and is also one of the British partners

Ecosystems

  • Contaminated estuary
  • Pristine estuary
  • Intertidal habitats
  • Long-term time series station
  • Subtidal habitats

 

Ecosystem access

  • Coastal research vessels
  • Sampling facilities and equipment

 

Biological resources

  • Cultures: live organisms, cultured within partnering institutes (particularly phytoplankton, protists) and chryopreservation facilities
  • Biobanks: organisms or part of organisms, banked with partnering institutes
  • Marine model species for research and technological development purposes

 

Experimental facilities and technology platforms

  • Aquaria and mesocosms with modern seawater system with holding tanks, algal culture facilities (including chemostats)
  • Wet/Dry Laboratories
  • Fish and invertebrate rearing facilities
  • Molecular biology and omics technologies (PCR, Real-time PCR, DNA sequencing, cell culture)
  • Electrophysiology, including patch clamp, ion selective electrodes, single and 2-electrode voltage clamp Biological analysis facilities (quantitative imaging)

 

Associated services

  • Long-term environmental data collections
  • Courses on state of the art technologies (including Microelectrode Techniques for Cell Physiology, and Practical Course in Advanced Optical Microscopy)
 

MBA also offers conference and teaching facilities and in-house restaurants and cafeteria.

Acronym: 
MBA
Address: 
Citadel Hill
Plymouth
Devon
PL1 2PB
United Kingdom
E-mail: 

Liaison officer: Paul Lonsdale (paulon@mba.ac.uk), cc to: assembleplus@sams.ac.uk

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