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This book explains the ecology of viruses by examining their interactive dynamics with their hosting species (in this volume, in animals), including the types of transmission cycles that viruses have evolved encompassing principal and alternate hosts, vehicles and vectoring species. Examining virology from an organismal biology approach and focusing on the concept that viral infections represent areas of overlap in the ecologies of the involved species, "Viral Ecology" is essential for students and professionals who either may be non-virologists or virologists whose previous familiarity has been very specialized.
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Section I An Introduction To The Structure And Behavior Of Viruses
1 Defining The Ecology Of Viruses
2 An Introduction To Viral Taxonomy With Emphasis On Animal Hosts And The Proposal Of Akamara, A Potential Domain For The Genomic Acellular Agents
3 Virus Morphology, Replication, And Assembly
4 The (Co)evolutionary Ecology Of Viruses
Section II Viruses Of Macroscopic Animals
5 Coral Viruses
6 Viruses Infecting Marine Molluscs
7 The Viral Ecology Of Aquatic Crustaceans
8 Viruses Of Fish
9 Ecology Of Viruses Infecting Ectothermic Vertebrates-the Impact Of Ranavirus Infections On Amphibians
10 Viruses Of Insects
11 Viruses Of Terrestrial Mammals
12 Viruses Of Cetaceans
13 The Relationship Between Humans, Their Viruses, And Prions
14 Ecology Of Avian Viruses
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Professor Hurst is an affiliated faculty member at Xavier University and holds a life appointment as Visiting Professor at Universidad del Valle in Columbia. He has authored several books on viruses and viral ecology and has been a leader in defining the field of "Viral Ecology".
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