This website is no longer being updated. Please go to GOV.SCOT


These pages are no longer being updated. Any updates will be published in the Aquaculture section on


Histology is the study of cells at the microscopic level. Most cells are colourless and transparent so sections are stained to allow particular structures and components to become visible. By examining the detailed structures of cells and their formation into tissues and organs, pathologists gain information to allow the detection of disease.

Our histology staff have years of experience in the processing of tissues from a wide range of aquatic animals. The histology laboratory offers a comprehensive service for light microscopy including:

Also related:

Contact Us

For additional information on our histology/histopathology services, please contact:


Histopathology involves the microscopic examination of tissues to detect abnormalities and signs of disease; allowing the detection of a wide range of both infectious and non-infectious diseases.

Marine Scotland Science provides an experienced histopathological diagnostic service for the investigation of both wild and farmed finfish, shellfish and crustacean diseases.

Also related:

We provide detailed pathology analysis and reporting for:

We have a comprehensive physical and electronic slide archive containing reference material for a wide range of diseases and conditions in many species.

Atlantic salmon gills. Amoebic gill disease

Atlantic Salmon gills
(Amoebic gill disease)

Rainbow trout kidney imprint. Proliferative kidney disease

Rainbow Trout kidney imprint
(Proliferative kidney disease)

Native oyster. Marteilia refringens

Native Oyster (Marteliosis)

European lobster. Gaffkaemia

European lobster (Gaffkaemia)