Parasitism and Ecosystems

Paperback | April 15, 2005

byFrederic Thomas, Francois Renaud, Jean-Francois Guegan

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For several years there has been a growing interest in understanding the dynamics of parasites in ecosystems, as well as the diversity of ways in which they influence ecosystem functioning through their effects on host populations and communities. Ecologists, epidemiologists, evolutionarybiologists, and other scientists are increasingly coming to realise that parasites must be taken into account when studying ecosystems. Parasitism and Ecosystems summarizes current knowledge on this topic, providing a comprehensive overview for researchers and students. It represents the firstsynthesis of both the roles and the consequences of pathogens in ecosystems, utilising well-documented case-studies to illustrate the main issues as well as identifying prospects for future research.

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For several years there has been a growing interest in understanding the dynamics of parasites in ecosystems, as well as the diversity of ways in which they influence ecosystem functioning through their effects on host populations and communities. Ecologists, epidemiologists, evolutionarybiologists, and other scientists are increasingl...

Dr Frederic Thomas is Charge de Recherches (CR1) at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Montpellier, France. Dr Francois Renaud is Directeur de Recherches (DR1) at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Montpellier, France. Jean-Francois Guegan is Directeur de Recherches (DR2) at the Institut de Recherch...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:231 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.53 inPublished:April 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198529872

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Table of Contents

Peter Hudson: Introduction: Parasites, diversity, and the ecosystem1. Michel Loreau, Jacques Roy, and David Tilman: Linking ecosystem and parasite ecology2. J.-F. Guegan, S. Morand, and R. Poulin: Are there general laws in parasite community ecology? The emergence of spatial parasitology and epidemiology3. Anders Pape Moller: Parasitism and the regulation of host populations4. Michael V.K. Sukhdeo and Alexander D. Hernandez: Food web patterns and the parasite's perspective5. Robert Holt and Thierry Boulinier: Ecosystems and parasitism: the spatial dimension6. Richard C. Tinsley: Parasitism and hostile environments7. Kevin D. Lafferty and Armand M. Kuris: Parasitism and environmental disturbances8. Frederic Thomas, Michael B. Bonsall, and Andy P. Dobson: Parasitism, biodiversity, and conservation9. Sam P. Brown, Jean-Baptiste Andre, Jean-Baptiste Ferdy, and Bernard Godelle: Subverting hosts and diverting ecosystems: an evolutionary modelling perspective10. Francois Renaud, Thierry De Meeus, and Andrew F. Read: Parasitism in man-made ecosystemsGary G. Mittelbach: Conclusion: Parasites, communities, and ecosystems: conclusions and perspectivesReferencesIndex

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.,."an engaging introduction to many aspects of parasites..."-- Daniel Simberloff, The Quarterly Review of Biology