Freshwater knowledge

North East and Yorkshire Freshwater group – INNS meeting

On 15th December the North East and Yorkshire Freshwater group organised its second annual meeting which focused on the topic of invasive non-native species. The event featured talks from a variety of organisations across the region as well as an opportunity for open discussion and knowledge exchange with regards to the work carried out on

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The beauty of (snowflakes) microscopic algae

Ah, the snowflake: symbol of short winter days, crisp frosty mornings, Carol singing under the stars and the Christmas season… However, this is not a snowflake: Hilda Canter-Lund, Bicosoeca, 1995, Freshwater Biological Association, http://www.environmentdata.org/archive/fbaia:3216   It is a photograph of the mass development of the flagellate protozoan Bicosoeca on Asterionella. Astrionella is a genus of

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Exploring FBA collections and archives

The Freshwater Biological Association holds internationally important collections of preserved specimens, which include insects, plants and ‘wet samples’ of water, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and algae. Having recently taken on the role of Information Scientist, and coming from an archives background, I wanted to learn how to best curate these scientifically valuable collections and improve access for

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The FBA’s Digital Data Archive

In 2010 the FBA and our partners at King’s College London were contracted by Defra to build a digital repository to store the data outputs from the Defra Demonstration Test Catchments Platform (www.demonstratingcatchmentmanagement.net) and the Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Inventory Research Platform (www.ghgplatform.org.uk). The DTC Archive project lasted for four years and culminated with the creation

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Seeing science differently – Algae-inspired art

I was invited by the National Trust to create an Arts Council funded exhibition at Wray Castle, the former home of the Freshwater Biological Association until 1950, and chose the algal forms from their Fritsch Collection as my inspiration. I  have  a  fascination  with  small  living  things  which  I  think  started  some  years  ago  when 

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