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School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences

Professor David Bignell




Research Interests:

Ecology and microbiology of termites in tropical forests

David Bignell is Professor of Zoology. He has published over 100 papers, reviews and books on the biology of locusts, cockroaches, millipedes and termites, with the main focus on gut structure, digestive physiology, intestinal microbiology, nutritional ecology and field ecology.

Current research focuses on the measurement of soil biodiversity and the assessment of the role of soil organisms in vital ecosystem processes, and is closely linked to international development-aid projects designed to improve subsistence agriculture and alleviate poverty at tropical forest margins.


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