Today, molluscan research
is taking place in the areas of: parasitology biochemistry, mathematics,
archaeology, paleobiography, palaeontology, taxonomy, ecology and zoology.
Also, many of the categories of use discussed above have significant economic
impact, mostly in many small businesses, so the total economic activity
involved in man's varied uses of molluscs is quite major!!!
Some other industries
also making use of molluscs are:
(farming of abalone, oysters, scallops, mussels, etc.)
(farming escargot) - Big Business in Europe and getting bigger worldwide
& export companies as well as all the Companies and private shell
fishermen: shellfish as food
designers and manufacturers:Pearls, cameos, actual shells,
electroplated shells. etc.
Sea shell and
shell artifact importers, exporters and distributors: shell collectors,
tourist shells, shell crafts
industry: Shells along with gravel are used for building roads
in some areas, and lime from shells is a vital component in the production
of concrete and plaster.
manufacturing (lime is an important nutrient for plants and therefore
has been used as a vital component of plant fertilizer)
caulking and glue (Some cultures still use a ground up shell
mixture as glue and as a caulking compound for such things as boats).