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This heavily illustrated text teaches parasitology from a biological perspective. It combines classical descriptive biology of parasites with modern cell and molecular biology approaches, and also addresses parasite evolution and ecology.
Parasites found in mammals, non-mammalian vertebrates, and invertebrates are systematically treated, incorporating the latest knowledge about their cell and molecular biology. In doing so, it greatly extends classical parasitology textbooks and prepares the reader for a career in basic and applied parasitology.
Part I General Parasitology
1.General aspects of parasite biology
1.1. The world of terms in parasitology
1.1.1. The term "Parasite"
1.1.2. Modes of coexistance of animals of different species
1.1.3. The different forms of parasitism
1.1.4. Parasites and hosts
1.1.5. Modes of transmission
1.2. What is unique about parasites?
1.2.1. A very peculiar habitat: The host
1.2.2. Specific morphological and physiological adaptations
1.2.3. Flexible strategies of reproduction
1.3. The burden by parasites on host individuals and host populations
1.4. Parasite/host coevolution
1.4.1. The main features of coevolution
1.4.2. The role of alleles in coevolution
1.4.3. Rareness is an advantage
1.4.4. Malaria as an example for coevolution
1.5. The influence of parasites on mate choice
1.6. Immunobiology of parasites
1.6.1. Defence mechanisms of hosts
1.6.2. Immune evasion
1.6.3. Parasites as opportunistic pathogens
1.6.4. Anti parasite vaccines
1.6.5. The Hygiene Hypothesis: Do parasites have a good side?
1.7. How Parasites alter their hosts
1.7.1. Alterations of host cells
1.7.2. Intrusion of the hormonal systems
1.7.3. Changing the behavior of hosts
Part II Parasitic protozoa
2. Biology of parasitic protozoa
Part III Helminths
Part IV Arthropoda
9. Crustacea and Pentastomida
10.4.2.4. Nycteribiidae, Streblidae
Answers to teaching questions
Richard Lucius is the head of Dept. of Molecular Parasitology at Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin (Germany). After his studies of Biology, he worked on cattle parasites in West Africa, then focused on molecular parasitology in Heidelberg and Harvard and became professor of Parasitology at the Universitat Hohenheim. His work concentrates on the interaction between parasites and their host's immune system. He authored numerous scientific articles, co-authored several books and is also director of the Center for Infection Biology and Immunology of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Brigitte Frank was Professor for Parasitology at Universitat Hohenheim (Germany) from 1982 to 2002 when she retired. She studied biology in Hamburg and Tubingen. For eight years she worked at the ornithological station in Wilhelmshaven on helminths of shore birds and the elucidation of their life cycles. From 1990 onwards, in Hohenheim, she studied aspects of the life-cycles of Dicrocoelium dendriticum and other trematodes as well as of cestodes of the genus Mesocestoides and Taenia. She also focussed on the biology of lung mites and other arthropods of mammals.
Richard Grencis is Professor of Immunology at the University of Manchester. His research has focused on immune responses to parasites especially intestinal nematodes. He has published numerous scientific articles, was awarded the Wright Medal from the British Society for Parasitology for his outstanding contribution to Parasitology. He has taught parasitology to undergraduate and postgraduate students for over 20 years. He is co-editor in chief of Parasite Immunology and sits on the editorial board of several parasitology and immunology journals.
Boris Striepen is Professor of Parasitology at the University of Georgia, where he teaches modern parasitology to students of biology and medicine. The University of Georgia houses one of the largest communities of parasitologists in the USA. Striepen is at the same time director of the internationally renowned course "Biology of Parasitism" which is held every year at the Marine Biology Institute in Woods Hole, MA. His lab is focussed on the cell biology of apicomplexan parasites, where he contributes to the understanding of the metabolism of these parasites. Boris Striepen is one of the most recognized molecular parasitologists in the USA.