Biology and Ecology of Pharmaceutical Marine Life: Echinoderms, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Biology and Ecology of Pharmaceutical Marine Life

Echinoderms, 1st Edition

By Ramasamy Santhanam, Santhanam Ramesh, Sheba Rani Nakka David

CRC Press

336 pages | 244 Color Illus. | 142 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367182144
pub: 2019-06-10
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  • The first comprehensive book on the biology and ecology of pharmaceutical echinoderms.
  • Contributed by scientists of both marine biology and pharmacy disciplines.
  • All reported echinoderm species producing secondary metabolites are dealt with.
  • Having previously only been known as nutritional invertebrates, a book exploring the contribution of the echinoderms as sources of secondary metabolites for therapeutic compounds is timely.
  • All 200+ images are produced in full color, providing a high-quality reference.
  • This book provides the taxonomy, common name, global distribution, habitat, diagnostic features and pharmaceutical compounds (along with their activities) of 150 species of ecinoderms along with over 200 detailed illustrations in glorious color.

    Among the biota of marine habitats, the echinoderms, which include sea stars (starfish), brittle stars and basket stars, sea urchins and sand dollars, sea cucumbers, and sea lilies or feather stars, are known for their importance as promising sources of bioactive compounds for development of pharmaceuticals. Their potential therapeutic applications have been growing rapidly in the treatment of many diseases. 

    Table of Contents


    Biology and Ecology of Pharmaceutical Sea stars (Class Asteroidea)

    Biology and Ecology of Pharmaceutical Brittle stars and Basket stars (Class Ophiuroidea)

    Biology and Ecology of Pharmaceutical Sea cucumbers (Class: Holothuroidea)

    About the Authors

    Ramasamy Santhanam is the former Dean of Fisheries College and Research Institute, Tamilnadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, India. He has about 40 years of teaching/ research experience. He is presently serving as a Fisheries Expert for various government and nongovernment organizations.

    Santhanam Ramesh, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, Ratnam Institute of Pharmacy, Nellore, AP, India, has 13 years of teaching/overseas experience.

    Dr Sheba Rani Nakka David, is serving as Senior Assistant Professor, PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. She has 10 years of teaching, research and overseas experience.

    About the Series

    Biology and Ecology of Marine Life

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    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    MEDICAL / Pharmacology
    NATURE / Animals / General
    SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology