Host Manipulation by Parasites

Paperback | July 13, 2012

EditorDavid P. Hughes, Jacques Brodeur, Frederic Thomas

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Parasites that manipulate the behaviour of their hosts represent striking examples of adaptation by natural selection. This field of study is now moving beyond its descriptive phase and into more exciting areas where the processes and patterns of such dramatic adaptations can be betterunderstood. This innovative text provides an up-to-date, authoritative, and challenging review of host manipulation by parasites that assesses the current state of developments in the field and lays out a framework for future research. It also promotes a greater integration of behavioral ecology with studies of host manipulation (behavioral ecology has tended to concentrate mainly on behaviour expressed by free living organisms and is far less focused on the role of parasites in shaping behaviour). To help achieve this, theeditors adopt a novel approach of having a prominent expert on behavioral ecology (but who does not work directly on parasites) to provide an afterword to each chapter.

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Parasites that manipulate the behaviour of their hosts represent striking examples of adaptation by natural selection. This field of study is now moving beyond its descriptive phase and into more exciting areas where the processes and patterns of such dramatic adaptations can be betterunderstood. This innovative text provides an up-to-...

David Hughes is Assistant Professor at Penn State University (dual appointment to the Department of Entomology and the Department of Biology). His work has mostly focused on the behavior of social insects (wasps and ants) when infected by parasites. He has also collaborated extensively with Fred Thomas on the Hairworms system of crick...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pagesPublished:July 13, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199642249

ISBN - 13:9780199642243

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Table of Contents

1. Janice Moore: A history of parasites and hosts, science and fashionJohn Alcock: Afterword2. Frederic Thomas, Thierry Rigaud, and Jacques Brodeur: Evolutionary routes leading to host manipulation by parasitesStephen C. Stearns: Afterword3. Shelley A. Adamo: The strings of the puppet master: How parasites change host behaviorGene Robinson: Afterword4. Bernard D. Roitberg: Parasites discover behavioral ecology: How to manage one's host in a complex worldFrederique Dubois: Afterword5. Mark C. Mescher: Manipulation of plant phenotypes by insects and insect-borne pathogensPedro Jordano: Afterword6. Naomi E. Langmore and Claire N. Spottiswoode: Visual trickery in avian brood parasitesScott V. Edwards: Afterword7. Wolfgang J. Miller and Daniela Schneider: Endosymbiotic microbes as adaptive manipulators of arthropod behavior and natural driving sources of host speciationLee Ehrman: Afterword8. David P. Hughes: Parasites and the superorganismBert Holldobler: Afterword9. Kevin D. Lafferty and Armand M. Kuris: Ecological consequences of manipulative parasitesMichel Loreau: Afterword10. Robert Poulin and Edward P. Levri: Applied aspects of host manipulation by parasitesAndrew Read and Victoria Braithwaite: Afterword11. Frank Cezilly and Frederic Thomas: Behavioral manipulation outside the world of parasitesAlex Kacelnik: AfterwordIndex