This book is a concise and well-illustrated treatment of the conventional knowledge and modern utilities of earthworms. The first two chapters deal with earthworm morphology, food relationship, behavior, functional role, interaction with soil biota, and the influence of environmental factors. Earthworms found in the tropics and sub-tropics are also discussed in this section. The third chapter provides a good account of utilizing species of worms to produce high value manure through vermitechnology and its application in agriculture. The nutritional and medicinal values of earthworms are illustrated in the fourth chapter, while the fifth c provides information on how earthworms are used successfully as indicators of ecological perturbations, soil quality and for remediation of contaminated soils. The book will immensely benefit students, faculty and researchers in biological, agricultural and environmental sciences. It is also a source of information for anyone interested in knowing more about earthworms.
Dr C.S.K. Mishra is presently the Professor and Head of the Department of Zoology at Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology, India. He has been teaching post graduate and undergraduate students for 32 years. His major research interests are eco-toxicology and waste management. He is the author of more than 100 publications, including three books as chief editor and one as co-author. His current research interests include identifying novel biomarkers in earthworms, mine spoil bioremediation and vermitechnology.
Dr Suryasikha Samal is presently Visiting Faculty in the Department of Zoology at Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, India. Her current research interests include ecotoxicology and early warning biomarkers. She has successfully identified various markers in earthworms for early diagnosis of soil chemical contamination. She has published a number of journal articles, book chapters and review articles.
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