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The Evolution of Parasitism - A Phylogenetic Perspective

Parasitology continues to benefit from taking an evolutionary approach to its study. Tree construction, character-mapping, tree-based evolutionary interpretation, and other developments in molecular and morphological phylogenetics have had a profound influence and have shed new light on the very nature of host-parasite relations and their coevolution. Life cycle complexity, parasite ecology and the origins and evolution of parasitism itself are all underpinned by an understanding of phylogeny.This volume aims to bring together a range of articles that exemplifies the phylogenetic approach as applied to various disciplines within parasitology and as applied by parasitologists. Unified by the use of phylogenies, this book tackles a wide variety of parasite-specific biological problems across a diverse range of taxa.

Audience
Researchers in parasitology, tropical medicine, evolutionary biology, entomology, zoology, and veterinary science

Included in series
Advances in Parasitology

Hardbound, 416 Pages

Published: December 2003

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-031754-7

Reviews

  • "...indispensable source for students, teachers, and research workers." —ANNALS OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND PARASITOLOGY

Contents

  • Introduction - phylogenies, phylogenetics, parasites and the evolution of parasitism - D.T.J. LittlewoodCryptic Organelles in Parasitic Protists and Fungi - Bryony A. P. Williams & Patrick J. Keeling Phylogenetic Insights into the Evolution of Parasitism in Hymenoptera - James B. WhitfieldNematoda: Genes, Genomes and the Evolution of Parasitism - Mark L. BlaxterLife Cycle Evolution in the Digenea: a New Perspective from Phylogeny - Thomas H. Cribb , Rodney A. Bray , Peter D. Olson & D. Timothy J. Littlewood Progress in Malaria Research: the Case for Phylogenetics - Stephen M. Rich & Francisco J. Ayala Phylogenies, the Comparative Method and Parasite Evolutionary Ecology - Serge Morand & Robert Poulin Recent Results in Cophylogeny Mapping - Michael A. CharlestonInference of Viral Evolutionary Rates from Molecular Sequences - Alexei Drummond, Oliver G. Pybus & Andrew Rambaut Detecting Adaptive Molecular Evolution: Additional Tools for the Parasitologist - James O. McInerney, D. Timothy J. Littlewood & Christopher J. Creevey

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