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University of Glasgow : Freshwater Biological Laboratory and Insect Field Station

Nature volume 159, page 669 (17 May 1947) | Download Citation



IMPORTANT additions to the facilities available at the University of Glasgow for research and teaching in the field httve recently been made available by the erection of two former Government huts on the snores of Loch Lomond, on a site kindly provided by Sir Iain Colquhoun, Bt., of Luss, and only some twenty miles distant from the University. The freshwater work is under the care of Dr. H. D. Slack, lecturer in freshwater biology, who has charge of one hut together with a motor-boat and dinghy. For the first time, continuous investigations can be carried out on the biology of freshwaters in Scotland, and the great size and exceptional depth of Loch Lomond render it an admirable site for such work. A generous gift of money by Sir Harold Bowden, Bt., for entomological research over a period of seven years, with particular reference to the biology of midges, is responsible for the erection and equipment of the second hut, and for the appointment of two research assistants who work under the direction of Mr. J. A. Downes, lecturer in entomology. The money is being shared with the Department of Natural History, University College, Dundee (University of St. Andrews), where the biology of Monomorium together with certain aspects of the midge problem are being studied by Prof. A. D. Peacock and assistants. This opportunity of cooperation between two Universities is particularly appreciated. The work of both centres is being co-ordinated with that of the Committee on the Control of Midges appointed by the Department of Health for Scotland. The Insect Field Station is also being used as a centre for the teaching of insect ecology.The University of Glasgow is thus in the fortunate position of being able to conduct field classes in freshwater biology and in insect ecology at Loch Lomond, and also to avail itself of the rapidly increasing facilities for marine biology available at the Millport Laboratory of the Scottish Marine Biological Association on the Clyde.

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