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Author Schmid-Hempel, Paul, author.

Title Evolutionary parasitology : the integrated study of infections, immunology, ecology, and genetics / Paul Schmid-Hempel
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 516 pages) : illustrations
Series Oxford biology
Oxford biology.
Contents Parasites and humans: Mission impossible ; Some lessons provided by yellow fever ; Parasites in our times ; Summary -- The study of evolutionary parasitology: The evolutionary process ; Questions about host-parasite interactions ; Selection and units that evolve ; Life history ; Studying adaptations : optimality and evolutionarily stable strategies (ESS) ; Comparative studies ; Summary -- The diversity and natural history of parasites: The ubiquity of parasites ; A systematic overview of parasites ; The evolution of parasitism ; The diversity and evolution of parasite life-cycles ; Summary -- The natural history of defences: The defence sequence ; Defence by the immune system ; Basic elements of the immune defence ; Immune defence protein families ; The generation of diversity in recognition ; The diversity of immune defences ; Evolution of the immune system ; Summary -- Ecolocal immunology: Variation in parasitism ; Ecological immunology : the costs of defence ; The nature of defence costs ; 'Immunocompetence' and the benefits of defence ; Strategies of immune defence ; Tolerance as defence element ; Summary -- Parasites, immunity, and sexual selection: Differences between the sexes ; Parasites and sexual selection ; Sexual selection and immunity in invertebrates ; Summary -- Specificity: Measuring specificity and host range ; Host-specificity of parasites ; Evolution of the host range ; Specific defences of the host ; Memory, immune priming, and trans-generational transfer ; Adaptive diversity and cross-reactivity ; Summary
Parasite immune evasion and manipulation of host phenotype: Parasites manipulate their hosts ; The diversity of immune-evasion mechanisms ; Manipulation of the host phenotype to increase transmission ; Manipulation of the host phenotype to increase infection lifetime ; Mechanisms of host phenotype manipulation ; Strategies of manipulation ; Ecological significance of manipulation ; Summary -- Infection and pathogenesis: Infection and dose ; Similar parasites cause different pathologies ; Pathogenesis : the mechanisms of virulence ; Immunopathology ; The genetics of pathogenesis ; Summary -- Host-parasite genetics: The genetic architecture of host resistance ; Evolutionary genetics of host-parasite interactions ; Signatures of selection ; Genetic structure of protozoan parasites ; Summary -- Epidemiology: Population biology of host-parasitoid systems ; Epidemiology of infectious diseases : microparasites ; Endemic infections and periodic outbreaks ; Epidemiology of vectored microparasites ; Epidemiology of macroparasites ; Immuno-epidemiology ; Epidemiology with evolutionary change ; Within-host epidemiology ; Summary -- Virulence: Virulence ; The evolution of virulence ; Concepts of virulence evolution ; Within-host evolution ; Life history of infection events ; Within- vs. between-host selection ; Host population structure ; Non-equilibrium virulence ; Summary -- Host-parasite (co- )evolution: Macro-evolution ; Micro-evolution ; Micro-evolution : the maintenance of diversity ; Antagonistic co-evolution, sex, and recombination ; The evolution of sex and recombination under parasitism ; Selective sweeps ; Summary -- Ecology: Parasites and host life-history ; Host populations ; Host ecological communities ; Parasite ecology ; Invasions ; Summary
Summary Parasites are among the most serious threats for any organism. This book brings together the knowledge from different fields and traces the basic ecological and evolutionary principles behind the eternal and momentous struggle between hosts and their parasites and how we understand it today
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 435-498) and indexes
Notes Print version record
Subject Host-parasite relationships.
Life sciences.
Physical sciences.
Parasitic diseases.
Host-Pathogen Interactions
Biological Phenomena
Biological Science Disciplines
Natural Science Disciplines
Phenomena and Processes
Disciplines and Occupations
Parasitic Diseases
Host-Parasite Interactions
biological sciences.
physical sciences.
Host-parasite relationships.
Health & Biological Sciences.
Animal Behavior.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011282329
ISBN 019177474X
Other Titles Integrated study of infections, immunology, ecology, and genetics