Human Impact Invertebrate Reproduction & Development

Invertebrate Reproduction & Development

Invertebrate Research & Societal Impact

Invertebrate Reproduction & Development (IRD) presents original research on the reproductive and developmental biology of Invertebrates, both embryonic and postembryonic. The following articles have been selected by the Editors to demonstrate the impact that Invertebrate research has on our society.

  • Freshwater snails: of relevance to public health as these snails are intermediate hosts for the Schistosoma parasite that infects humans and causes schistosomiasis.
  • Pullet carpet shell Venerupis corrugate: is a commercially important clam species that is a popular food in seafood dishes. Culture avoids over exploitation of wild stocks.
  • Polydorid pests of farmed oysters and abalone: Shell boring polydorid worms reduce the market value of cultured oysters
  • Tiger Shrimp: one of the principal and high value shrimp species in aquaculture. Control of maturation is important for spawning of broodstock to produce new individuals for on growing and removes the dependence on wild post-larvae.
  • Cardamom thrips: an insect pest that infests the popular and globally important cardamom spice.
  • Austropotamobius pallipes: the white-clawed crayfish is a crayfish species is an endangered crayfish species in Europe. Captive breeding may provide and important conservation measure.
  • South African abalone, Haliotis midae: a high value seafood produce. They are over-harvested in the wild and their aquaculture is very important to the South African economy.
  • Ucides Cordatus: a species of local commercial species in Brazil. Monitoring of populations is important to avoid overexploitation.

The articles below are free to access exclusively via this page, and will remain free until November 2017.