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Marine mussels: Ecology, physiology, genetics and culture

This book provides broad and detailed coverage of marine mussels from global breeding programs to fundamentals of mussel culture and advances in mussel science.

Marine mussels: Ecology, physiology, genetics and culture
December 7, 2021

Marine Mussels: Ecology, Physiology, Genetics and Culture provides readers with in-depth, fully up-to-date information on all major aspects of marine mussels. The book addresses morphology, ecology, feeding, phylogeny and evolution, reproduction and larval development, settlement and recruitment, genetics, disease, management of culture systems and more. It encompasses many different species of marine mussels: genus Mytilus, other important commercial marine genera such as Perna, Aulacomya and Choromytilus, and non-commercial genera including Modiolus, Geukensia, Brachidontes and hydrothermal vent Bathymodiolus.

Comprising twelve extensively cross-referenced chapters, the book discusses a diversity of integrated topics that range from the fundamental physiology of marine mussels to new techniques being applied in their biology and ecology. Author Elizabeth Gosling reviews contemporary developments and issues in the field such as the use of DNA genetic markers in detecting and diagnosing different strains of pathogenic bacteria, the use of mussels as monitors of marine contaminants, sophisticated modeling techniques that simulate disease and forecast outbreaks, and the impacts of global warming, ocean acidification and hypoxia on marine mussels. Presenting an inclusive, highly detailed treatment of mussel biology, physiology, genetics, and culture, this resource:

  • Discusses the application of genetic methods, population genetics, global breeding programs and the emerging area of bivalve genomics.
  • Contains thorough descriptions of external and internal anatomy, global and local distribution patterns, the impacts of mussels on marine ecosystems, and the processes of circulation, respiration, excretion and osmoregulation.
  • Reflects significant advances in mussel science and new areas of research in marine mussels.
  • Describes the fundamentals of mussel aquaculture, the types and levels of contaminants in the marine environment and new approaches for sustainable aquaculture development.
  • Addresses the role of mussels in disease transmission to humans, including production and processing controls, regulation of monitoring and quality control.

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