Hirudiculture is the culture, or farming , of leeches in both natural and artificial environments. This practice drew the attention of Parisian scientists and members of the French Zoological Acclimitation Society in the mid-to-late 19th century as a part of a larger interest in the culture of fish and oysters . [1] Leech culture was seen as a solution for growing demand for medicinal leeches throughout the world.

The use of leeches for medicinal purposes, or hirudotherapy , has been revived by contemporary medicine. [2]

See also

  • fish farming


  1. Jump up^ Jourdier Auguste,Fish farming and the production of leeches. (Bookstore of L. Hachette and Cie Paris), 1856
  2. Jump up^ FDA Approves leeches as medical devices- MSNBC

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