Volume No. 12 Issue No.: 4 Page No.: 463-467 April-June 2018

 

DESIGNER PEARL INVENTION IN FRESHWATER MUSSEL Lamellidens marginalis

 

Rathour V. S.* and Yadav V. K.

Department of Zoology, Bipin Bihari P.G. College, Jhansi (INDIA)

 

Received on : December 29, 2017

 

ABSTRACT

 

Pearl culture is a big business and one of the world’s leading aquaculture activities in terms of value. In modern times, prospect for investing in this precise area has been narrow. India is in the course of action to establishing its own ‘niche market’ employing home-grown mussel fauna. Natural Pearl formation is instigated when a foreign particle such as a piece of sand, shell or parasite make its way into particular region of molluscs and cannot be expelled. The animal secretes a calcium carbonate material known as nacre to coat the foreign body resulting in creation of simmering and shining pearls. Cultured pearls are formed essentially by the same process. In the present investigation artificial pearl was produced in Lamellidens marginalis by Mantle cavity insertion. After successful insertion and completion of culturing period of about 9 months designer pearls like Lord Ganesha, Maa Saraswati, Tajmahal, 786, Fish and Flower, (size 01mm-1.5cm) were produced. This study was carried out to encourage farmers of Bundelkhand region so that their economic status can be enhanced.

 

Keywords : Aquaculture, Freshwater mussel, Mantle cavity insertion, Designer Pearls, Lamellidens marginalis

 

 

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