Sponges - systematics, as pests of molluscs, agents of bioerosion and a source of bioactive compounds

Thomas, P A (2000) Sponges - systematics, as pests of molluscs, agents of bioerosion and a source of bioactive compounds. In: Marine Fisheries Research and Management. Pillai, V N and Menon, N G,(eds.) CMFRI; Kochi, Kochi, pp. 109-123.

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Abstract

This paper on sponges deals mainly with 1) systematics, 2) as pests oj molluscs and agents oj bioerosion and 3) as a source of bioactive compounds. Sponges have many physical and physiological peculiarilies not seen in other animal groups, and hence they can be used in the study oJ cellular biology, evolution of ner-' vous system, reproduction, bioerosion, bioactiuity, symbiosis, etc. Many of the lower invertebrates are considered to possess chemical compounds with proven btodynamic potentials. But, in India, such studies, except in a few groups, have not progressed satisfactorily for want of sufficient expertise on the 'source material', their availability and taxonomic position. Hence, basic taxonomic studies will have to be initiated on all lower invertebrate groups as priority areas for a better management of any project aimed at synthesising 'wonder drugs' from marine animals and also to meet the biodiversity - linked mandate endorsed by the recent CATT Agreement.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sponges; pests of molluscs; agents of bioerosion; bioactive compounds
Subjects:Marine Ecosystems > Sponges
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture
ID Code:4209
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:04 Oct 2010 11:05
Last Modified:04 Oct 2010 11:05

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