About the book
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.