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Research Interests

Most biological research programs at UNB are multi-faceted, multi level and with several objectives, as is probably true of most modern research programs.

While sharing many techniques and outlooks our molecular group applies the procedures of modern molecular biology to the fundamental problems of gene expression in plant cells (Durnford), insects (Clark), bacteria and viruses (Coombs).

Developmental biology at UNB includes the study of fundamental process in plants (Riding), chordates and insects.

Studies of an essentially physiological nature are conducted on plants , insects , and fish (Benfey).

At the same time because various researchers focus their research on different organisms expertise is available in the fields of virology (Coombs), bacteriology (Lynch ), algae (Saunders), a wide variety of vascular plants (Cwynar, Riding), invertebrates (Crowe), insects (Clark), protochordates , fish (Benfey, Curry), birds (Diamond, Keppie, Forbes), amphibians (Forbes), and there is some awareness of mammals (Fleming, Forbes).

The important areas of environmental studies and ecology are well represented at UNB and range from paleoecological studies (Cwynar), to the studies of fish habitat/ecology (Curry), ecology and biology of birds (Diamond, Keppie, Forbes), protected area management and biodiversity (Forbes), and ecological studies of mammals (Forbes).

The approaches of several researchers include studies of systematic/taxonomic relationships and evolutionary relationships so that expertise is available in these areas especially in reference to algae (Saunders), vascular plants, paleoecology and climatic change (Cwynar) and protochordates .

The economic and social potential to be realized through the application of fundamental biological principles and studies is clearly recognised in the department.

Studies of bacteria causing economic loss in aquaculture and directed toward the development of effective vaccines are under way. Genetic engineering studies applied to increasing disease resistance in economically important crop plants are in progress. Studies have been carried out to determine effects of air pollution on plant development and survival (Riding). The production of superior varieties of fish for the aquaculture industry underlies the studies into the production and usefulness of triploid and all female triploid lines of salmonids (Benfey).

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