The Evolution Of Parasitism - A Phylogenetic Perspective

Hardcover | December 19, 2003

byTim LittlewoodEditorTim Littlewood

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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. * 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

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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 th...

D. Timothy J. Littlewood is a Merit Researcher and currently Head of Life Sciences Department at the Natural History Museum, London. His main research interests include the systematics of platyhelminths (flatworms), and other phyla, particularly with a view to revealing patterns of diversity and diversification associated with parasiti...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 6 × 9 × 0.98 inPublished:December 19, 2003Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0120317540

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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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