About the book
Mollusca, the second largest invertebrate phylum, evolved around 450 million years ago and bears ecological, evolutionary, economical, industrial, nutritional, medicinal, cell biological and biotechnological significances. They are considered as an important aquatic bioresource and bioindicator of environmental pollution. The Phylum Mollusca is generally represented by clams, snails, mussels, slugs, squids, abalones, octopi, etc. belonging to three major classes including Bivalvia, Gastropoda and Cephalopoda. The adaptational resilience of molluscs is presumed to be related to the advanced immunological system which depends on cell-mediated immunological machinery.
The objective of the book is to consolidate and compile the articles representing the modern trends of research in Mollusca. The multidimensional aspects of malacology, contributed by the scientists of different biological disciplines would be the major attraction of this publication.
This book will provide a rich source of basic and applied malacological information for the students, teachers and scientists working in this domain. Leading researchers and scientists from all over the globe working in the area of malacology are expected to contribute a valuable chapter in this book.