Culture facilities

Aquarium facilities

The Aquarium at the Institute of Integrative Biology is a major facility that is available to staff from any institute of the University to house aquatic animals.

The facility has 800 sq.m. of space that is divided into six rooms. Each room can support all biomes from cold temperate to tropical, with artificial dawn/dusk, freshwater or seawater treatment, and air handling facilities.

The Aquarium facility supports basic, applied, and strategic research, including:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Environmental Change
  • Food Security.

Insectary facility

The insect facility functions mainly as a fly lab, but can also house other insects that are routinely used in clean laboratory culture.

The lab is equipped with:

  • 15 microscope stations for sorting and typing insects, each with piped CO2 plate anaesthesia
  • A fluorescence binocular microscope, attached to an imaging system, for sorting eggs, larvae, and adults on the basis of the expression of fluorescent markers
  • Support for basic biochemistry, including a fume hood.

Other facilities include:

  • Two adjacent insect rooms for housing insects; one maintained at 18 and the other at 25 degrees
  • A ‘kitchen’ for preparing fly media with a cooking station, peristaltic dispensing pump, and a Droso-filler system for dispensing bottles/vials of media
  • A cold room for storage
  • Quarantine facilities available in the adjacent bioscience building.

Glasshouse and plant growth facilities

The Institute provides high-quality glasshouse facilities for transgenic (containment level 3) and non-transgenic plant collections. We continue to expand this capability for work with transgenic model plant and crop species.

Facilities include:

  • A suite of Snijders plant growth cabinets providing high specification environmental control of temperature, humidity, and light regimes
  • Six walk-in growth rooms with dedicated light and temperature control
  • A dedicated plant tissue culture room.