Carp are the backbone of a growing aquaculture industry. They facilitate scientific progress as a model species in laboratories, cause concern for ecosystem managers as an invasive species, and mesmerize anglers as big game. In addition, ornamental koi carp fascinate hobby breeders. Biology and Ecology of Carp covers all these facets of this freshwater fish.
Informative and engaging contributions from renowned experts review the current state of research on carp and present their original findings. Thirteen cross-linked chapters provide an exhaustive yet easily accessible treatise explorinig:
- Carp aquaculture
- Natural and artificial reproduction
- Feeding and growth
- Ecosystem effects of carp
- Effects of disease agents and toxic substances on carp
Color illustrations and infoboxes help readers navigate technical terms and complex concepts, explaining how carp interact with their natural and artificial environments. This book is suitable for everyone interested in carp—from scholars to anglers.
Table of Contents
Preface. List of Contributors. Part I: Genetics of Common Carp and Koi Carp. Part II: Aquaculture and Nutrition of Carp. Part III: Diseases and immune response to carp. Part IV: Ecology. Part V: Toxicology.
Constanze Pietsch, Philipp E. Hirsch