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Evolutionary Ecology of Parasites : From individuals to communities - Robert Poulin

Evolutionary Ecology of Parasites

From individuals to communities

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Parasites evolve under selective pressures which are different from those acting on free-living organisms. The aim of this textbook is to present these pressures and to show how they have shaped the ecology of parasites over evolutionary time. Broad theoretical concepts are explained simply and clearly and illustrated throughout with example organisms. The book will be an invaluable text for advanced undergraduate biologists who are studying evolutionary biology, ecology, population biology, parasitology and evoluationary ecology. It will also prove to be a valuable reference to postgraduate students and researchers in the same fields.

`The index is well organised. The book is necessary reading for any parasitologist interested in the ecology and evolution of parasites. It should also be read by ecologists working on other groups, who often tend to ignore parasites. Because of its clarity and conciseness, the book is also recommended as an introductory text for students.' International Journal for Parasitology, 28 (1998)

Preface
Introductionp. 1
Origins of parasitism and complex life cyclesp. 8
Host specificityp. 27
Evolution of parasite life history strategiesp. 46
Strategies of host exploitationp. 66
Parasite aggregation: causes and consequencesp. 90
Parasite population dynamicsp. 111
Interactions between parasite speciesp. 128
Parasite infracommunity structurep. 145
Component communities and parasite faunasp. 162
Conclusionp. 179
Referencesp. 184
Indexp. 209
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ISBN: 9780412805608
ISBN-10: 041280560X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 31st October 1997
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.1