Get down and dirty with TV entomologist

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A CHANCE to have a rotten time with TV’s bug man Dr George McGavin is being offered by BBC Scotland through a special webcast.

Dr McGavin, who grew up in the Capital and is one of the world’s top entomologists, will answer questions about the science of decay – a process currently on display at Edinburgh Zoo inside a specially constructed rot box.

The experimental box contains a variety of everyday foodstuffs left to decompose over a two-month period, and is being filmed by BBC4 for a 90-minute documentary.

The project launched at the start of August and can be followed online at

Dr McGavin’s live webcast from the box will be on September 12 between 11am and 11.40am.

He will also conduct a web chat to answer questions.