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Host Manipulation by Parasites

By: David P Hughes (Editor), Jacques Brodeur (Editor), Frédéric Thomas (Editor)

232 pages, 8 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; 40 b/w photos and illustrations

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Jun 2012 | #196070 | ISBN-13: 9780199642243
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Parasites that manipulate the behaviour of their hosts represent striking examples of adaptation by natural selection. This field of study is now moving beyond its descriptive phase and into more exciting areas where the processes and patterns of such dramatic adaptations can be better understood. Host Manipulation by Parasites provides an up-to-date, authoritative, and challenging review of host manipulation by parasites that assesses the current state of developments in the field and lays out a framework for future research. It also promotes a greater integration of behavioral ecology with studies of host manipulation (behavioral ecology has tended to concentrate mainly on behaviour expressed by free living organisms and is far less focused on the role of parasites in shaping behaviour). To help achieve this, the editors adopt a novel approach of having a prominent expert on behavioral ecology (but who does not work directly on parasites) to provide an afterword to each chapter.


1: A history of parasites and hosts, science and fashion
2: Evolutionary routes leading to host manipulation by parasites
3: The strings of the puppet master: How parasites change host behavior
4: Parasites discover behavioral ecology: How to manage one's host in a complex world
5: Manipulation of plant phenotypes by insects and insect-borne pathogens
6: Visual trickery in avian brood parasites
7: Endosymbiotic microbes as adaptive manipulators of arthropod behavior and natural driving sources of host speciation
8: Parasites and the superorganism
9: Ecological consequences of manipulative parasites
10: Applied aspects of host manipulation by parasites
11: Behavioral manipulation outside the world of parasites


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Edited by David P. Hughes, Department of Entomology and Biology, Penn State University, USA, Jacques Brodeur, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Montréal, Canada, and Frédéric Thomas, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France

David Hughes is Assistant Professor at Penn State University (dual appointment to the Department of Entomology and the Department of Biology). His work has mostly focused on the behavior of social insects (wasps and ants) when infected by parasites. He has also collaborated extensively with Fred Thomas on the Hairworms system of cricket manipulation. He has published more than 32 papers in leading international journals including: Nature, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Current Biology, American Naturalist, Biology Letters, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. In 2008 he edited a book for OUP with Patrizia D'Ettorre (P. D'Ettorre & D.P. Hughes (2008) Sociobiology of Communication).

Trained as experimental and theoretical ecologist, Jacques Brodeur is a full professor at the University of Montréal, Institut de Recherche en Biologie Végétale, and holds the Canada Research Chair in Biocontrol. For the past 18 years, he has studied the biology and ecology of natural enemies used for biological control of arthropod pests. A long-term goal of his research is to identify the governing ecological principles and mechanisms of multispecies interactions within arthropod communities, and to apply these principles to develop reliable and predictive strategies to best take advantage of biological control agents. He has published a large number of papers on host-parasitoid relationships, including host manipulation.

Frédéric Thomas is Directeur de Recherche at CNRS with a well established expertise in the field of host-parasite interactions, and especially host manipulation. He is leading a team entitled "Parasitically modified organisms". He has published more than 140 articles in international peer reviewed journals (1995-present), including Nature, Evolution, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Ecology Letters, Ecology, American Naturalist, Proceedings of the Royal Society, PLoS Pathogen, Proteomics and also edited five books (two at Oxford University Press).

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