The role of the pineal gland and photoperiodicity on growth, metabolism, reproduction in fishes and its application in aquaculture-a review

Sethi, U S and Krishnan, L (2001) The role of the pineal gland and photoperiodicity on growth, metabolism, reproduction in fishes and its application in aquaculture-a review. In: Perspectives in Mariculture. Menon, N G and Pillai, P P,(eds.) The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, pp. 163-184.

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Abstract

The pineal gland, situated on the roof of the diencephalon of the brain in fishes, acts as a photoneuroendocrine gland which secretes the hormone melatonin. The secretion of this hormone is controlled mainly by photoperiodicity. This paper is a review of the numerous works showing the role of this gland and its hormone, on growth and metabolism of the body by inhibition of secretion of thyroxin, MSH and other opioid peptides: in the control of behavioural thermoregulation; and on reproduction through gonadal development and secretion of GtH-II with other steroids. The possible use of this knowledge as a modern tool in manipulating aquaculture production is also evaluated.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:pineal gland; photoperiodicity; growth; metabolism; reproduction; fishes; aquaculture; review
Subjects:Fish and Fisheries > Fish physiology
Aquaculture
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Mariculture
ID Code:2380
Deposited By:Dr. V Mohan
Deposited On:20 Aug 2010 11:04
Last Modified:20 Aug 2010 11:04

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