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Centre for

Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology

From the shoreline to the deep ocean, tackling issues from pure ecology
and physiology to aquaculture, marine spatial planning and conservation.

History

CMBB-Pamphlet-1The Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology (CMBB) was created with a Research Development Grant from the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council in 1999. Click on the image to the right to see the original CMBB leaflet!

The original purpose of the CMBB was to establish a unit for combining a variety of traditional studies with molecular genetic analysis of marine organisms that could be applied to taxonomic problems, monitoring marine pollution and the biotechnical exploitation of naturally occurring substances.

Since then, pressures on the oceans have only increased. Alongside the threats from pollution and  overfishing, the marine environment is at the forefront of global climate change. Marine environments are now facing unprecedented changes from global warming and ocean acidification alongside increasing pressures from coastal development. In response, the research within the CMBB has evolved to examine how marine life may adapt to this rapidly changing ocean environment and to ensure that scientific findings contribute effectively to policy.

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