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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
    • South-West UK.
    • Category 2 Coded workboat and versatile research platform for exploring river, estuarine and coastal environments, up to 60 miles off shore
    • Fully crewed and equipped with full-time seagoing technician support
    • Associated land transport 
  • Sampling equipment
    • A wide range of marine instrumentation and sampling  gear can be deployed from the vessel.

 

Biological resources

  • Culture collections
    • South West UK
    • 400 species/strains of eukaryotic microalgae
    • Light- and temperature-controlled growth rooms and cabinets
    • Cryopreservation system for marine phytoplankton and prokaryotes

 

Experimental facilities

  • Aquaria and tanks
    • South West UK
    • 400 species/strains of eukaryotic microalgae
    • Light- and temperature-controlled growth rooms and cabinets
    • Cryopreservation system for marine phytoplankton and prokaryotes.
  • Wet labs
  • Dry labs

 

Technology platforms

  • Molecular biology and omics
    • Facilities for protein and nucleic acid preparation and analysis:
      • High throughput quantitative PCR, associated separation and biochemical facilities, genetic manipulation.
      • Full technical support
  • Imaging
    • ​​​​​​​A Zeiss Confocal/2-photon microscope
    • A Nikon TIRF microscope
    • Leica live cell floureescence imaging microscope
    • FlourCam imaging PAM flourmeter
    • Brightfield and flouresecence micrsoscopes
    • Mesolens facility
    • Electrophysiology capability

 

Supporting faciltites

  • Library services
    • Access to the National Marine Biological Library, providing access to current scientific literature and a unique and substantial collection of reports, archives and grey literature relevant to marine sciences
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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