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Parasites in Ecological Communities
From Interactions to Ecosystems

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Part of Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Date Published: December 2011
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  • isbn: 9781139118620

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  • Interactions between competitors, predators and their prey have traditionally been viewed as the foundation of community structure. Parasites – long ignored in community ecology – are now recognized as playing an important part in influencing species interactions and consequently affecting ecosystem function. Parasitism can interact with other ecological drivers, resulting in both detrimental and beneficial effects on biodiversity and ecosystem health. Species interactions involving parasites are also key to understanding many biological invasions and emerging infectious diseases. This book bridges the gap between community ecology and epidemiology to create a wide-ranging examination of how parasites and pathogens affect all aspects of ecological communities, enabling the new generation of ecologists to include parasites as a key consideration in their studies. This comprehensive guide to a newly emerging field is of relevance to academics, practitioners and graduates in biodiversity, conservation and population management, and animal and human health.

    • Provides the necessary tools and concepts to explain the potential roles of parasites in ecosystems
    • Case study boxes of key empirical systems are included to give real-world relevance
    • Contains equations for basic theoretical underpinnings and user-friendly explanations
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Hatcher and Dunn have done us a great service. Theirs is an important and timely book that should catalyse research at the interface of epidemiology and community ecology. It reads well … is also well referenced … With its nice combination of models and empirical examples, [this book] seems tailor-made for a graduate course in community ecology or ecological parasitology.' Robert Poulin, Ecology

    'The ecology of infectious disease is a fast growing topic … To date, there has not been an adequate text to teach from. [This book] … fills this niche well. In contrast to contributed volumes, [it] speaks with a single voice. The authors use themes centered around mathematical epidemiology and community ecology, but they do so in such a way that is accessible to non-math savvy students … does a very good job summarizing the relevant literature in tables that efficiently indicate who has done what on a particular question. The text covers many systems … We just finished using it in our graduate seminar and found it to be up to date and comprehensive. Since then, I have referred to it regularly … will be required reading for our future graduate students … should be required reading for any ecologist.' Kevin Lafferty, US Geological Survey

    'This is a very useful book which is likely to have considerable impact in stimulating both theoretical as well as empirical studies on the way in which parasites manipulate and modify the world in which we live. It is particularly recommended to graduate and postgraduate students for its logical, comprehensive layout and the wealth of literature, mostly recent, which is discussed.' Trevor Petney, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography

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    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139118620
    • contains: 113 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction
    Part II. Parasites and Competitors:
    1. Introduction
    2. One host-one parasite systems
    3. Apparent competition
    4. Parasite-mediated competition
    5. Parasite-modified competition
    6. Examples from conservation and management
    7. Competition between parasites
    8. Conclusions
    Part III. Parasites and Predators:
    9. Introduction
    10. Parasites of prey with specialist predators
    11. Parasites of prey with generalist predators
    12. Parasites of predator
    13. Parasites of predator and prey
    14. Applications: predator control and harvesting
    15. Conclusions
    Part IV. Parasites and Intraguild Predation:
    16. Introduction
    17. Ecological significance of IGP
    18. IGP as a unifying framework for competition and predation
    19. Parasites intrinsic to IGP
    20. Parasites extrinsic to IGP
    21. Models of parasitism extrinsic to IGP
    22. IGP and the evolution of host-parasite relationships
    23. Conclusions
    Part V. Plant Pathogens and Parasitic Plants:
    24. Introduction: parasitism of plants
    25. Soil borne pathogens
    26. Plant defence strategies
    27. Parasitic plants
    28. Endophytes
    29. Conclusions
    Part VI. Parasites and Invasions:
    30. Introduction
    31. Parasite introduction and acquisition
    32. Loss of parasites by invaders: enemy release
    33. Invasions and host-parasite co-evolution
    34. The impact of parasitism on biological invasion
    35. Conclusions
    Part VII. Ecosystem Parasitology:
    36. Introduction
    37. Trophic cascades
    38. Parasite dynamics in multihost communities
    39. Biodiversity and disease
    40. Parasites in the food web
    41. Bioenergetic implications of parasitism
    42. Ecosystem engineering
    43. Ecosystem health
    44. Evolutionary considerations
    45. Conclusions
    Part VIII. Emerging Diseases in Humans and Wildlife:
    46. Introduction
    47. The process of disease emergence
    48. The evolution of emergence
    49. Phylogenetic and temporal patterns of emergence
    50. Environmental change and emergence
    51. Conservation and control
    52. Conclusions
    Part IX. Where Do We Go From Here?

  • Authors

    Melanie J. Hatcher, University of Bristol
    Melanie J. Hatcher is Visiting Research Fellow, School of Biology, University of Bristol, and Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Integrative and Comparative Biology, University of Leeds.

    Alison M. Dunn, University of Leeds
    Alison M. Dunn is Reader in Evolutionary Biology, Institute of Integrative and Comparative Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds.

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