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  1. Marine Chemistry and Environmental pollution

  2. Marine Biology

  3. Aquaculture and Fisheries

  4. Marine Physics

  5. Marine Geology

  6. Ecological Development of Shatt Al-Arab & N. Arabian Gulf

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  1. Research and Development

  2. Technical and Marine Issues

 

 

Department of Marine Biology


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Department Mission

Department Vision

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Department Laboratories


About the Department

The main interest of the Department of Biology is the study of the aquatic flora and fauna in the southern part of Iraq and the northwestern part of the Arabian Gulf. It has a special interest in studying the primary productivity and classification and distribution of the flora and fauna species and secondary productivity of species, as well as studying the biodiversity and distribution of the majority of phytoplankton groups. Recently, some studies have been conducted concerning these types and groups, which are of economic importance. Aquaculture studies of rotifer, cladocera, artemia (Brine Shrimp), and copepoda have been conducted, which play an essential role in the aquatic food chain. And there have been studies in coastal water as well as inland water affected by tidal cycles, including invertebrates, crustacea, mollusca and annelida as well as aquatic plants and seaweed.

Along with the development in the scientific side and application and theoretical framework, the department of biology has conducted studies and research related to bioenergy and its impact on crustaceans and some invertebrates. The department of biology has conducted many scientific research projects in the applied sciences in the southern region of Iraq, especially the marshes and Shatt al-Arab.

The department of biology has a remarkable role in developing scientific research through conducting applied and contractual research projects and participating in conferences, symposia, workshops, and taking part in various projects such as: studying the biodiversity of the southern marshes in 2005, the project of developing artemia units in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education in 2006, and a project of environmental survey and biodiversity of Basrah governorate in 2006, and others. It also conducted the evaluation of the environmental impact for some companies developing economic projects in Basrah.

The department consists of 11 specialized laboratories: crustacean laboratory, primary productivity laboratory, aquatic plants laboratory, experimental ecology laboratory, benthic laboratory, invasive species laboratory, zooplankton laboratory, aquaculture laboratory, control laboratory, microscope laboratory, and a microbiology laboratory.

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Department Mission

The department mission is to validate the scientific research in all fields of aquatic biology, and to raise a new generation of researchers with a high level of scientific background to help them participate in the departmentís projects, giving them the opportunity to complete their higher education in the peer scientific departments in the university.

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Department Vision

To diagnose environmental and economic problems related to the aquatic sciences.

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Department Goals

The main interest of the Department of Biology is the study of the aquatic flora and fauna in the southern part of Iraq and the northwestern part of the Arabian Gulf. It has a special interest in studying the primary productivity and classification and distribution of the flora and fauna species and secondary productivity of species, as well as studying the biodiversity and distribution of the majority of phytoplankton groups. Recently, some studies have been conducted concerning these types and groups, which are of economic importance. Aquaculture studies of rotifer, cladocera, artemia (Brine Shrimp), and copepoda have been conducted, which play an essential role in the aquatic food chain. And there have been studies in coastal water as well as inland water affected by tidal cycles, including invertebrates, crustacea, mollusca and annelida as well as aquatic plants and seaweed.

Along with the development in the scientific side and application and theoretical framework, the department of biology has conducted studies and research related to bioenergy and its impact on crustaceans and some invertebrates. The department of biology has conducted many scientific research projects in the applied sciences in the southern region of Iraq, especially the marshes and Shatt al-Arab.

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Department Laboratories

  1. Crustacea lab.

  2. Primary productivity lab.

  3. Aquatic plants lab.

  4. Experimental ecology lab.

  5. Benthos lab.

  6. Invasive species lab.

  7. Zooplankton lab.

  8. Aquaculture lab.

  9. Microbiology lab.

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