Natural History of Host-Parasite Interactions

Natural History of Host-Parasite Interactions

1st Edition - March 14, 2009

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  • Editor: Joanne P. Webster
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123747877
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080950884

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This volume covers a wide range of systems, exemplified by a broad spectrum of micro- and macro-parasites, impacting humans, domestic and wild animals and plants. It illustrates the importance of evolutionary considerations and concepts, both as thinking tools for qualitative understanding or as guiding tools for decision making in major disease control programs.

Key Features

* Brings together a range of articles from scientists from different fields of research and/or disease control, but with a common interest in studying the biology of a variety of parasitic diseases
* Evolutionary theory has an important role to play in both the interpretation of host and parasitic dynamics and the design and application of disease control programs


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Table of Contents

  • Preface
    Joanne P. Webster

    1. HLA-Mediated Control of HIV, and HIV Adaptation to HLA
    Rebecca Payne, Philippa Matthews, Julia Prado and Philip Goulder

    2. An Evolutionary Perspective on Parasitism as a Cause of Cancer
    Paul W. Ewald

    3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers: the Diversity and Evolution of Manipulative Strategies in Host-Parasite Interactions
    Thierry Lefèvre, Shelley Adamo, David G. Biron, Dorothée Missé, David Hughes and Frédéric Thomas

    4. Evolutionary Drivers of Parasite-Induced Changes in Insect Life-History Traits: From Theory to Underlying Mechanisms
    Hilary Hurd

    5. Ecological Immunology of a Tapeworms’ Interaction with its Two Consecutive Hosts
    Katrin Hammerschmidt and Joachim Kurtz

    6. Tracking Transmission of the Zoonosis Toxoplasma gondii
    Judith E. Smith

    7. Parasites and Biological Invasions
    Alison M. Dunn

    8. Zoonoses in Wildlife: Integrating Ecology into Management
    Fiona Mathews

    9. Understanding the Interaction between an Obligate Hyperparasitic Bacterium, Pasteuria penetrans and its Obligate Plant Parasitic Nematode Host, Meloidogyne spp.
    Keith G. Davies

    10. Host-Parasite Relations and Implications for Control
    Alan Fenwick

    11. Onchocerca-Simulium Interactions and the Population and Evolutionary Biology of Onchocerca volvulus
    María-Gloria Basáñez, Thomas S. Churcher and María-Eugenia Grillet

    12. Microsporidians as Evolution-Proof Agents of Malaria Control?
    Jacob C. Koella, Lena Lorenz and Irka Bargielowski

Product details

  • No. of pages: 366
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2009
  • Published: March 14, 2009
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123747877
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080950884

About the Serial Volume Editor

Joanne P. Webster

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Society University Fellow, Director M&E, Schistosome Control Initiative, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College, London, UK

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