Paper $43.00 ISBN: 9780226114460 Published October 2004
Cloth $87.00 ISBN: 9780226114453 Published August 2001



The Ecology and Evolution of Intimate Interactions

Claude Combes


Claude Combes

Translated by Isaure de Buron and Vincent A. Connors
With a new Foreword by Daniel Simberloff

552 pages | 51 halftones, 145 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2001
Paper $43.00 ISBN: 9780226114460 Published October 2004
Cloth $87.00 ISBN: 9780226114453 Published August 2001
In Parasitism, Claude Combes explores the fascinating adaptations parasites have developed through their intimate interactions with their hosts. He begins with the biology of parasites—their life cycles, habitats, and different types of associations with their hosts. Next he discusses genetic interactions between hosts and parasites, and he ends with a section on the community ecology of parasites and their role in the evolution of their hosts. Throughout the book Combes enlivens his discussion with a wealth of concrete examples of host-parasite interactions.
Foreword, Daniel Simberloff
Part 1 - Who in Whom: The Diversity of Durable Interactions
1.The Universe of Parasites
2.Specialization in Parasites
3. The Fragmented Nature of Parasite Populations and Communities
4. Parasite Distribution
5. Diversity in Time
Part 2 - Genes in Durable Interactions
6. Parasite-Host Coevolution
7. Genes to Encounter
8. Genes to Avoid
9. Genes to Kill
10. Genes to Survive
11. How Do Coevolutions Evolve?
Part 3 - Durable Interactions and Biosphere
12. Parasites against Their Conspecifics
13. Parasites against Competing Species
14. Parasites and Host Individuals
15. Parasites and Host Populations
16. Parasites and Host Ecosystems
17. Parasites and Environment
18. Parasites and Sex
19. Mutualism
20. Parasitism and Humanity
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