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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY - MARINE BIOLOGY STATION (NIB)

Overview

The National Institute of Biology (NIB) was founded in 1961. It is the third largest public research institute in the field of natural and life sciences in Slovenia and tightly collaborates with universities (more than 85 PhD students and over 30 postdocs in last ten years). NIB itself is the Slovenian partner in the ASSEMBLE Plus consortium.  

NIB is located at two premises: its headquarters in Ljubljana (with three research groups) and at the Marine Biology Station in Piran. Its highly skilled and flexible scientific staff has advanced and up-to-date research instrumentation and facilities at their disposal.

ASSEMBLE Plus TA services are offered at:

1. The Department of Biotechnology and Systems Biology in Ljubljana, which specialises in -omics, microorganisms and genetically modified organisms. Research is supported by research platforms provided within the services of the infrastructural centre of Planta.

2. The Marine Biology Station in Piran which focuses on anthropogenic pressures on coastal sea, marine biodiversity and ecology, comparative genomics, hydrography and modelling of coastal ecosystems.

 

Ecosystem access

  • Coastal research vessels (On-site service)   
    • Sagita 12 m and boat 6 m
  • Scuba diving facilities (On-site service)   
    • Equipment and assistance, air-compressor, air-bank, filling station for air and nitrox, underwater comunication

 

Biological resources

  • Biobanks (On-site service)       
    • Biobanks of scyphozoan organisms
  • Culture collections (On-site service)   
    • Bacteria, phytoplankton, zooplankton, soft bottom and hard bottom fouling community, Opistobranchia, fish, macroalgae from local habitats

 

Experimental facilities

  • Dry labs (On-site service)       
    • Multi purpose laboratories with:
      • filtration apparatus for sea water
      • basic research equipment for general microbiology and molecular manipulations
  • Wet labs (On-site service)   
    • General laboratory with flowing sea water
  • Aquaria and tanks (On-site service)   
    • Aquaria (100 L, 80 L custom made), suitable for manipulation with animals and short term rearing

 

Technology platforms

  • Molecular biology and omics (On-site service)   
    • Quantitative analysis of nucleic acids, qPCR and dPCR, NGS 

 

E-services

  • Data analysis tools and software (On-site service)   
    • Bioinformatics tools and pipelines (such as GoMapMan, quantGenius, GeneID, FluidigmConverter)

 

Supporting facilities

  • Library services (On-site service)      
  • In-house lodging (On-site service)   
    • 13 rooms with 24 beds, kitchen

 


 

 

Acronym: 
NIB
Address: 
National Institute of Biology, Marine Biology Station Piran
Fornace 41
6330 Piran
Slovenia
E-mail: 
Liaison officer: Branko Čermelj (branko.cermelj@nib.si)

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