The National Lobster Hatchery

National Lobster Hatchery microbiology laboratory

To convert a small office space into a microbiology laboratory to aid research conducted by the National Lobster Hatchery.

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At present microbiology work and bacterial analysis in the National Lobster Hatchery (NLH) is done on a very small scale, limited to bacterial dip slides. Developing a microbiology lab would enable the NLH to undertake simple bacterial analysis to support the work done in the hatchery. This project will as providing better facilities for research to be conducted at the NLH. Such research will include developing the use of pre- and probiotics in the diets of lobster larvae and juvenile lobsters, as well as developing disinfecting protocols for larval rearing systems. The proposed lab will be a level 2 microbiology lab which will enable us to conduct basic work. More complicated work will be undertaken at our partner institutes. Creating such a microbiology lab will involve sealing the walls in a room and having impermeable surfaces fitted. There are a few major pieces of equipment needed such as an autoclave, incubator and a fridge. The smaller pieces of apparatus needed are Howee style lab coats, biohazard waste bags and Petri dishes; the need for which will be ongoing. The proposed cost is £6,000.