Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Applied Malacology

Sajal Ray

University of Calcutta


Soumalya Mukherjee

University of Kalyani


Malacology Conchology Molluscan ecology Functional morphology chistosomiasis Paragonimiasis Fascioliasis Clonorchiasis Economic malacology Aquaculture of molluscs Significance of molluscs

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Malacology is the branch of science that deals with the study of Mollusca, the second largest invertebrate Phylum. Molluscs play a significant role in ecological food chain and are important members of ecosystem. They bear ecological, evolutionary, immunological, biotechnological and ethnomedicinal significances. Diseases like schistosomiasis, paragonimiasis, fascioliasis and clonorchiasis are caused by parasitic molluscs and this branch of malacology is related to medical parasitology and disease physiology. The filter feeding aquatic molluscs filter up 10 gallons of water within an hour and are important biomonitoring organisms for evaluation of environmental pollution. On the other hand, zebra mussel can act as an invasive species and are responsible for extinction of many native species from their natural habitat. Now a days, sustainable culture of many molluscan species for dietary source of protein instead of fish is also a good practice. Different kinds of antiviral, antimicrobial and antibacterial molecules have been isolated from various species of freshwater and marine molluscs. The shell of mollusc is a rich source of calcium. Pearls have been harvested from bivalves and this branch of malacology bears a tremendous economical prospect.

The multidisciplinary aspects of applied malacology, contributed by the researchers of different disciplines would be the major attraction of this book. This book will provide a rich source of malacological information for the students, teachers and scientists working in this field. Zoologists across the globe working in the area of applied malacology are expected to contribute a valuable chapter in this book.

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: June 4th 2019

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Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: August 24th 2019

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Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: November 12th 2019

Full chapter manuscripts are screened for plagiarism and undergo a Main Editor Peer Review. Results are sent to authors within 30 days of submission, with suggestions for rounds of revisions.

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Expected publication date: January 11th 2020

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About the editor

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 PhD 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 molluscs, 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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