Our PhD student Emily Matthews is collecting samples of the fungal-like organism Saprolegnia. There are several different species of Saprolegnia, but S. parasitica is the main species that infects fish causing the disease saprolegniasis. Typical signs of infection include patches of white cotton-like fluff on the skin, fins and gills of infected fish. This fluffy “fungus” destroys the surface tissues of the fish before penetrating into the muscle layers and blood vessels. As the infection progresses, the regulation of water and mineral salts in the fish’s blood (a process known as osmoregulation) becomes impaired, eventually resulting in death. (more…)
Halloween 2015 saw the return of the Wales Ecology and Evolution Network (WEEN) meet at Gregynog Hall, mid-Wales. WEEN’15 united masters, PhD and Post doctoral researchers from Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea Universities to (more…)
What does food have to do with Invasive Species?
AQUAWALES Public Engagement Event 18th September 2015
This years Christmas event saw CRIPES members take to the ice at Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland. Following a few falls and a 3 course dinner to soak up any excess mulled wine, it was time for the annual B*****D Santa event where some entertaining (and some bizarre) gifts were exchanged! (more…)