The Evolution of Parasitism - A Phylogenetic Perspective, Volume 54

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780123916310
eBook ISBN: 9780080493749
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 9th December 2003
Page Count: 416
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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.

Key Features

  • Includes important contributions from leading minds in the field such as Serge Morand, Francisco Ayala and Mark Blaxter, among others.
  • Second in the ISI Parasitology List in 2002 with an Impact Factor of 4.818
  • Series encompasses over 35 years of parasitology coverage


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

Table of Contents

Introduction - phylogenies, phylogenetics, parasites and the evolution of parasitism - D.T.J. Littlewood

Cryptic Organelles in Parasitic Protists and Fungi - Bryony A. P. Williams & Patrick J. Keeling

Phylogenetic Insights into the Evolution of Parasitism in Hymenoptera - James B. Whitfield

Nematoda: Genes, Genomes and the Evolution of Parasitism - Mark L. Blaxter

Life 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. Charleston

Inference 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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