Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 37 Issue 1&2

Biochemical and microbiological studies on clam Villorita cyprinoides.

Chinnamma George and K. Gopakumar

Clam muscle is a rich source of protein with all essential amino acids, fat, glycogen and minerals with low protein content (6 to 11%) and with high carbohydrate compared to fish. Fractionation of clam muscle protein reveals higher percentage of sarcoplasmic (34.5%) than myofibrillar proteins (30.2%). Lysine and leucine predominate the free amino acid pool. Pathogenic organisms like Coliforms and Faecal streptococci have been isolated. Composition of clam shell liquor is reported.

Date : 30-12-1995