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Basic and Applied Malacology

Sajal Ray

University of Calcutta

Dr. Sajal Ray received his Ph.D. degree from Jadavpur University, India. He did his postdoctoral research in cardiac pathology at the National Institutes of Health, USA. His research interest is immunological responses of mollusks, sponges, crabs, and earthworms exposed to pollutants.


Soumalya Mukherjee

Brahmananda Keshab Chandra College


Marine Molluscs Freshwater Molluscs Mussel Bivalves Gastropods Cephalopods Environmental Pollution Biomonitor KeystoneSpecies Hemocytes Immunotoxicity Cytotoxicity

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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.

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Sajal Ray

University of Calcutta

Sajal Ray received his MSc and MPhil degrees from Calcutta University in Zoology and Environmental Science respectively and was awarded Ph.D. from Jadavpur University. His thesis reported immunotoxicity of pesticide in an economically important snail of India. As an awardee of Fogarty Visiting Fellowship, Dr. Ray carried out his postdoctoral research in Cardiac pathology at National Institutes of Health, USA. His research interest is studying the immunological responses of mollusks, sponge, crab, and earthworm exposed to pollutants. His team is engaged in understanding the evolutionary mechanism of immunity in phylogeny. He presented his research at various conferences including the World Congress of Malacology at Washington D.C. Sajal Ray, currently, a Professor of Zoology at Calcutta University has been teaching Zoology for nearly thirty years at postgraduate level.

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