Mussels, of the genus Mytilus are among the commonest of marine molluscs and constitute an important element in the ecology of coastal waters. The mussel's sessile habit makes it suited to cultivation and as filter-feeder an effective concentrator of trace toxic substances. They are thus excellent biomonitoring organisms of coastal water quality. The mussel has been extensively used in experimental studies and a vast body of data on its use in fundamental physiological, biochemical, genetic and toxicological investigations is available. More recently this knowledge has extended into the newer fields of nutrition, environmental monitoring, toxicology, disease, population genetics and biotechnology. This book presents a thorough compilation of state-of-the-art information on mussels in the form of critical review papers written by leading authorities in the field. For workers involved in both research and practical aspects of the biology of mussels, it will serve as the standard reference text. Also, because mussels, more than any other group of marine or freshwater molluscs, have been pioneer research organisms in areas such as genetics, physiological energetics, and pollution monitoring, the information presented will serve as a starting point for those wishing to extend these studies to other species of molluscs. The book contains numerous tables and figures, and an extensive bibliography of more than 2000 citations, providing valuable teaching material for both generalist as well as specialist courses on marine invertebrates.
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...this book provides excellent coverage of many areas of interest to the academic, administrator, researcher and cultivator alike. The 2000 citations are mostly up to date, with half of the chapters using references of which 50% have been written in the last decade.
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