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About this book
About this book
This is a question-oriented volume with a solid organismal foundation that will help to bridge the gap between evolutionary ecologists and parasitologists. |A range of experts have written chapters that review general concepts and provide a detailed survey of the parasites of a major group of hosts. The book concludes with an extensive reviews of methods used to study bird parasites.
Chapter 1 - Introduction; Part I: General Principles; Chapter 2 - Parasite-mediated natural selection; Chapter 3 - Immune defence: genetic control; Chapter 4 - Behavioural defence; Chapter 5 - Parasite-mediated sexual selection: endocrine aspects; Chapter 6 - Parasitism and the evolution of host life history; Chapter 7 - Host-parasite processes and demographic consequences; Chapter 8 - The role of parasites in bird conservation; Chapter 9 - Community ecology of parasites and free-living animals; Chapter 10 - Comparative studies of host parasite communities; Chapter 11 - Host-parasite cospeciation: history, principles and prospects; Chapter 12 - Host-parasite cospeciation, host switching and missing the boat; Part II: Avian Models; Chapter 13 - Birds as habitat for parasites; Chapter 14 - Viruses, bacteria and fungi of birds; R S1HAPTER 15 - PROTOZOA, HELMINTHS AND ARTHROPODS OF BIRDS; Chapter 16 - Avian brood parasites; Chapter 17 - Conclusion: Evolution of host-parasite interactions
473 pages, Figs, tabs
"Ecologists' flourishing preoccupation with host-parasite systems has in recent years taken us beyond natural history, to recognition of patterns, to hypothesis testing. . .This book seeks to reinforce the necessary connection between these domains, while at the same time reviewing important developments in both. Target audiences will include avian ecologists and evolutionists dabbling in both theory and reality, but also specialists throughout the continuum. . . .There was much to digest here, but the authors did a lot of chewing in advance, generally without sacrificing clarity. . . .[T]his synthesis illustrates and indicates numerous directions in which research is progressing or needs to progress. If you enjoy scientific challenge, this book shows you where to find it." --Ecology
"It behooves a reviewer to pick favorite entries in the mixture constituting anthologies; that's not at all possible here. They are all worthy..."--The Journal of Heredity