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Host-Parasite Evolution: General Principles and Avian Models
     

Host-Parasite Evolution: General Principles and Avian Models

by Dale H. Clayton, Janice Moore
 

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This is a question-oriented volume with a solid organismal foundation that will help to bridge the gap between evolutionary ecologists and parasitologists. A range of experts have written chapters that review general concepts and provide a detailed survey of the parasites of a major group of hosts. The book concludes with extensive reviews of methods used to study

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This is a question-oriented volume with a solid organismal foundation that will help to bridge the gap between evolutionary ecologists and parasitologists. A range of experts have written chapters that review general concepts and provide a detailed survey of the parasites of a major group of hosts. The book concludes with extensive reviews of methods used to study bird parasites. It is a novel and valuable tool for anyone interested in understanding host-parasite interactions, particularly from an evolutionary perspective.

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"Ecologists' flourishing preoccupation with host-parasite systems has in recent years taken us beyond natural history, to recognition of patterns, to hypothesis testing. . .This book seeks to reinforce the necessary connection between these domains, while at the same time reviewing important developments in both. Target audiences will include avian ecologists and evolutionists dabbling in both theory and reality, but also specialists throughout the continuum. . . .There was much to digest here, but the authors did a lot of chewing in advance, generally without sacrificing clarity. . . .[T]his synthesis illustrates and indicates numerous directions in which research is progressing or needs to progress. If you enjoy scientific challenge, this book shows you where to find it." —Ecology

"It behooves a reviewer to pick favorite entries in the mixture constituting anthologies; that's not at all possible here. They are all worthy..."—The Journal of Heredity

"Recommended"—Wildlife Activist

"Current interest in host-parasite interactions is spread across many disciplines—immunology, evolution, ecology, endocrinology, sexual selection, behaviour, and organismal parasitology. Host-parasite evolution is a comprehensive review that bridges the gap between evolutionary biologists and parasitologists. Some chapters deal with conceptual issues, such as demography or sexual selection; others present nuts-and-bolts information about parasites themselves and methods used to study them. Because birds have figured prominently in much evolutionary work on host-parasite interactions, the emphasis is on avian systems, but other systems are included where relevant. It will be an invaluable reference for students and researchers from a wide range of disciplines interested in understanding host-parasites interactions."—Ethology Ecology & Evolution

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198548928
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/10/1997
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 9.37(h) x 1.05(d)

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University of Utah

Colorado State University

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