Parasitism: The Diversity and Ecology of Animal Parasites / Edition 1

Parasitism: The Diversity and Ecology of Animal Parasites / Edition 1

by Albert O. Bush, Jacqueline C. Fernandez, Gerald W. Esch
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521664470

ISBN-13: 9780521664479

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Nearly all living organisms are exploited by some sort of parasite. But what are parasites? How many different types are there? What exactly is parasitism? In this undergraduate textbook parasitism is described as an ecological relationship. Ecology implies the study of the interaction between organisms and their environments and the fact that parasites' hosts are

Overview

Nearly all living organisms are exploited by some sort of parasite. But what are parasites? How many different types are there? What exactly is parasitism? In this undergraduate textbook parasitism is described as an ecological relationship. Ecology implies the study of the interaction between organisms and their environments and the fact that parasites' hosts are alive makes this concept even more exciting, combining traditionally disparate disciplines such as immunology and physiology with ecology and epidemiology! All the major groups of animal parasites are described, who they are, how they live, their biogeography, evolution, the influence they exert on their hosts' populations, their immunological, pathological, and biochemical implications. Written in an accessible style, the subject matter is brought to life with numerous illustrations and textboxes containing anecdotal, interesting, and supplementary material. Essential for all undergraduate students studying parasitology, Parasitism: The Diversity and Ecology of Animal Parasites will also be useful reading for graduates and researchers in zoology and ecology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521664479
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
580
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Immunological, pathological and biochemical aspects of parasitism; 3. The protozoa; 4. Platyhelminthes: the flatworms; 5. Nematoda: the roundworms; 6. Acanthocephala: the thorny-headed worms; 7. Pentastomida: the tongue worms; 8. The arthropoda; 9. Parasitism in other metazoan groups; 10. Population concepts; 11. Factors infuencing parasite populations; 12. Influence of parasites on host populations; 13. From reproduction and transmission to colonization; 14. Communities of parasites; 15. Biogeographical aspects; 16. Evolutionary aspects; Glossary; Index.

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