Ecology and Evolution of Parasitism: Hosts to Ecosystems

Paperback | January 18, 2009

EditorFrederic Thomas, Jean-Francois Guegan, Francois Renaud

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Is it possible to omit parasites when studying free-living organisms? The answer is clearly no! Parasites have evolved independently in numerous animal lineages, and now make up a considerable proportion of the biodiversity of life. Ecologists, epidemiologists, conservationists andevolutionary biologists are increasingly aware of the universal significance of parasites to the study of ecology and evolution where they have become a powerful model system. This book provides a summary of the issues involved as well as an overview of the possibilities offered by this researchtopic including the practical applications for disease prevention. It uses well-documented case-studies across a range of scales to illustrate the main trends and prospects in this area, outlining areas for future research.iEcology and Evolution of Parasitism/i is the first book to provide a broad synthesis of both the roles and consequences of pathogens on the ecology and evolution of free living systems. It focuses on hosts rather than the parasites themselves, integrating those aspects related to the ecology andthe evolution of free-living species (sexual selection, behaviour, life history traits, regulation of populations etc.). The book includes examples across a range of scales from individuals to populations, communities and ecosystems.

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Is it possible to omit parasites when studying free-living organisms? The answer is clearly no! Parasites have evolved independently in numerous animal lineages, and now make up a considerable proportion of the biodiversity of life. Ecologists, epidemiologists, conservationists andevolutionary biologists are increasingly aware of the ...

Frederic Thomas, Jean-Francois Guegan and Francois Renaud are all Senior Research Fellows in two French research institutions (CNRS and IRD), and they are interested by the ecology and the evolution of host-parasite interactions. Their areas of research are various, involving population genetics, population dynamics, behavioural ecolo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.03 inPublished:January 18, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199535337

ISBN - 13:9780199535330

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Robert Barbault: PrefaceFrederic Thomas, Jean-Francois Guegan and Francois Renaud: Introduction1. Gabriele Sorci, Thierry Boulinier, Michel Gauthier-Clerc and Bruno Faivre: The evolutionary ecology of the immune response2. Yannis Michalakis: Parasitism and evolution of life history traits3. Patrice David and Philipp Heeb: Parasites and sexual selection4. Marie-Jeanne Perrot-Minnot and Frank Cezilly: Parasites and behaviour5. Catherine Moulia and Pierre Joly: Parasitism and hybrid zones6. Serge Morand and Julie Deter: Parasitism and host population regulation7. Eric Wajnberg and Nicolas Ris: Parasitism and biological control8. Guillaume Constantin de Magny, Francois Renaud, Patrick Durand, and Jean-Francois Guegan: Health ecology: a new tool, the macroscope9. Camille Lebarbenchon, Robert Poulin, and Frederic Thomas: Parasitism, biodiversity and conservation biologyJacques Blondel: ConclusionThierry Lefevre, Nicolas Ris, and Guillaume Mitta: Appendix: Methodological chapter