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.)
escargot) - Big Business in Europe!
of shellfish as food.
shell and shell artifact importers,
exporters and distributors: shell collectors, tourist shells, shell
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
caulking and glue (Some cultures still use a ground
up shell mixture as glue and as a caulking compound for such things
Button Industry: although note as important
as it was in the early 1900s, it still remains as an industry
in many countries.
industry, both salt and fresh water pearls.
(Note: Worldwide, pearls are a $20 Billion dollar industry (i.e.,
USA dollar - the "International Currency" -
it is used all over the world for trade.)