Applied and Economic Zoology

By Dr. Dalie Dominic A   |   St.Mary's College, Thrissur
Learners enrolled: 1144
Applied and Economic zoology deals with the application of zoological knowledge for the benefit of mankind. It is a specialized branch of zoology which deals with animal world that is associated with the economy, health and welfare of humans.  It includes culturing animals for mass production for human use and to control or eradicate animals that are injurious to man directly or indirectly.  The undergraduate course deals with the topics in a scientific way, the multidisciplinary nature of Economic Zoology has been given due importance incorporating topics like Sericulture, Lac Culture, Apiculture, Poultry, Fisheries, Parasitology Dairy Science.
This course is UGC approved curriculum for Under graduate students in Zoology. It can be opted by under graduate students of other Biological Sciences as well. 
In this course the students will be taught about Aquaculture, Poultry and Animal husbandry, Parasitism in relation to man, Insects in relation to man that will include, productive insects, insect pest & vectors of human diseases 
This course offers students an understanding of experiential learning on the methodology of fish culture, sericulture and apiculture. It will also provide information about economic aspects of culturing animals. It would promote Community and Youth Development.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 10 Jan 2024
End Date : 17 Apr 2024
Enrollment Ends : 29 Feb 2024
Exam Date : 19 May 2024 IST
Exam Shift :

Shift 1

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1
Module1-Parasitism  Part –I- The module deals with Parasitism in relation to man.
Module2-Parasitism  Part –II- The module deals with Classification of Parasites and Hosts and modes of infection
Module3- Entamoeba histolytica- The module deals with Human Parasites  Entamoeba histolytica (Morphology, Life cycle, Pathogenicity & Control) .
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Week  2
Module4- Taenia solium- The module deals with Taenia solium (Morphology, Life cycle, Pathogenicity & Control).
Module5- Schistosoma haematobium-  The module deals with Schistosoma haematobium (Morphology, Life cycle, Pathogenicity & Control) .
Module6- Ancylostoma duodenale- The module deals with Ancylostoma duodenale. Popularly known as human hook worm, it is an endoparasite inhabiting the small intestine causing ancylostomiasis. The module details Morphology, Life cycle, Pathogenicity & Control .
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Week  3
Module7- Wuchereria bancrofti -The module deals with   Wuchereria bancrofti.Commonly known as the filarial worm, it causes lymphatic filariasis. The moduler details the hosts, morphological features of the parasite, the factors affecting its transmission, it also describes the mode of infection and pathogenicity
Module8- Enterobius vermicularis- Popularly known as the pin worm or threadworm, is an endoparsitic nematode living in the caecum, vermiform appendix and ascending colon, the module deals with Morphology, Life cycle, Pathogenicity & Control.
Module9- Agricultural Pests- The module deals with Pests which are harmful insects that decreases the agricultural yield.There are several kinds of pests, such as potential pests, key pests, occasional pests, regular pests, seasonal pests, persistent pests, sporadic pests etc, these terms are explained.

Week  4
Module10- Pests of Paddy, Grams and Stored Grains- The module deals with Common pest’s of paddy, Grams and Stored Grains (Damage & control)
Module11- Pests of Coconut, Tea, Cashew and Cotton- The module deals with Common pest’s of Coconut, Tea, Cashew and Cotton (Damage & control)
Module12- Pests of Sugarcane, Banana, Cucurbits, Mango- The module deals with Pests of Sugarcane, Banana, Curcubits, Mango. The module details the  damage caused by themand the control methods
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Week 5
Module 13- Insect vectors an introduction- Vectors are the invertebrate hosts which harbor parasites and transmit them from one primary host to another. The module deals with Insect vectors of human diseases and their control.
Module 14- Insect vectors- Anopheles, Culex, Aedes and Xenopsylla-The module deals with  Mosquitoes like Aedes and females of Anophelus, Culex that act as vectors for yellow fever, chikungunya; malaria and filariasis. Xenopsylla (rat flea) serve as vectors of pasteurella and rickettsia. Life cycle, pathogenicity, control is explained
Module 15- Insect vectors -Cimex, Pediculus, Phthirius- The module deals withInsect vectors – Cimex, Pediculus, Phthirius Life cycle, pathogenicity, control is explained
Module 16- Insect control - Part I- The module deals with  Insect control. The module explains Natural, cultural, mechanical and physical control methods
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Week 6
Module 17- Insect control- Part II- The module deals with Biological control & Integrated Pest Management Control of vectors using their natural enemies, mostly predators, such as bacteria, plants and fishes is explained
Module 18- Beneficial Insects- The module deals with  Useful Insects . Many insects are beneficial for mankind. They are of two major categories, namely helpers and producers the categories with examples are explained.
Module 19- Apiculture - Part I- The module deals with  different types of honey bees, morphology and behaviour of honey bee
Module 20- Apiculture - Part II- The module deals with Apiculture and uses of honey
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Week 7
Module 21- Sericulture- The module deals with  Sericulture-the technique of silk production, role in the rural economy of India. It describes the life cycle, different types of silk worm, the culture technique and economic importance. It deals with different varieties of silk.
Module 22-Lac culture- The module deals with Lac culture. Lac is the resinous secretion of lac in­sects. Lac culture is the scientific management of lac insects to obtain a high amount of quality lac.
Module 23- Aquaculture- The module deals with  Aquaculture and Fishery Biology (Introduction, significance, diversity of aquaculture)
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Week 8
Module 24- Pisciculture I- Pisciculture is the rearing of fishes under controlled conditions. The module deals with impotance of Pisciculture,  construction & Management of pond
Module 25- Culturing of Common culturable food fish- The module deals with Common culturable species etroplus, milk fish, murrels, common carps- grass carp, silver carp, common carp, mrigal, tilapia , it deals with seed collection, breeding and types of culture.
Module 26- Ornamental fish farming- The module deals with  ornamental fish keeping, method of aquarium keeping, different types of aquariums, setting up of aquartium, maintenance of aquarium, fish diseases, it also describes self employment opportunity.
Module 27- Types of ornamental  fishes-The module deals with different types of ornamental  fishes both indigenous  and exotic. example, puntius species, mystus, horabagrus, exotic species like gold fish, gourami, platy, sword tail. it also includes Ornamental fish breeding
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Week 9
Module 28- Modern fish farming techniques-The module deals with different types of Modern fish farming techniques like aquaponics, RAS, Biofloc, aquascaping. The module also deals with culture of aquarium plants
Module 29- Prawn culture- Prawn culture is the farming of prawns in hatcheries, which control the lighting, temperature, salinity, hormonal cycles, and nutrients. The module deals with  Prawn culture (culturable species, induced breeding)
Module 30- Pearl Culture- Pearl is the gem produced from a living animal. Both marine and fresh water pearls are produced in india, The module deals in detail the process. The module deals with  Pearl Culture (Preparation of nuclei, host and graft tissue, implantation, nursing).
Module 31- Mussel culture-The module deals with Mussel culture (seed collection, induced spawning, rearing of larvae, farming). It explains role in meeting the increasing protein demands of the human population. Important Bivalves such as oyster, mussel and clam and their culture is explained
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Week 10
Module 32- Integrated fish farming- The module deals with different ypes of integrated farming.
Module 33- Fish utilization- The module deals with  Fish  its Nutritive value and different types of byproduct.
Module 34- Poultry farming- The module deals with  introduction, Importance of egg production, Nutritive value of eggs.  It explains how Poultry eggs and meat provide high quality balanced proteins, vitamins and minerals.
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Week 11
Module 35- Poultry breeds- The module deals with  Poultry breeds (Indigenous breeds- & Exotic breeds)
Module 36- Cattle farming- The module deals with Animal Husbandry. It describes the production and care of cattle.
Module 37­ -Cattle breeds- The module deals with Cattle breeds (Dairy breeds, Draught breed, Dual purpose breed, Exotic breed, Native breed)
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Week 12
Module 38- Quail farming-The module deals with  quail farming that is a sturdy income source. The early maturation character of quails makes it profitable business venture. They are reared for both meat and eggs. They are known for their protein rich and cholesterol less meat this module details the process of quail farming.
Module 39- Duck farming- The module deals with   different varieties of ducks – ducks for meat and egg. Advantages of duck farming, duck feed, rearing of ducks,  housing,  and  their farming
Module 40- Rabbit farming-The module deals with  Rabbit farming which is an important farming option for those with very less area. Rabbits are reared for two purposes, for its soft wool and its protein rich meat. The meat from rabbits are very low in fat and thus are given to toddlers and adults. The chapter describes the methodology of rabbit farming
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Books and references

Shukla, G.S. &Upadhyay, V.B. : Economic Zoology, 4e, 2002, Rastogi.
Singh, S. : Bee keeping in India, ICAR.
Srivastava, C.B.L. : Fishery Science and Indian Fisheries, 2002, Kitab Mahal.

https://nptel.ac.in/courses/126104003/LectureNotes/Week-1_04 Pest,pdf

Instructor bio

Dr. Dalie Dominic A

St.Mary's College, Thrissur
Dr.Dalie Dominic A.,

HOD, Department of Zoology, St. Mary’s College, Thrissur
Teaching Experience- 18 years
Research Experience- 18 years
Projects Undertaken as principal investigator- Science Popularisation Program on Butterfly Conservation sponsored by Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment.
Ph.D Topic- Indigenous ornamental fish of Keecheri and Puzhakkal river systems of Kerala
Consultancy- Butterfly gardening, Indigenous Ornamental Fishes
Papers Published in International & national journals-34
Books Published-8
Papers Presented in seminars-16
National Seminars organised-5

Dr. Dalie Dominic A is working as Assistant professor and Head of the Department of Zoology at St. Mary’s College Thrissur. She has Teaching experience of 18 years. For the past years, her research was focussed on conservation studies on indigenous ornamental fishes and butterflies and analysis of the prospects of indigenous ornamental fishes for international market. She has completed a project on butterfly conservation as Principal Investigator funded by Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment.
She has published 34 research papers in National and International Journals and has presented papers in National and International 
Seminars. She has authored 6 books and two novels.

Course certificate

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