Parasitism in man-made ecosystems

François Renaud, Thierry De Meeüs, Andrew F. Read

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Like free organisms, parasites and pathogens have the ability to colonize and evolve in new environments. Technical and surgical developments (e.g., air conditioning, catheters, fibroscopy, etc.) and medical advances (e.g., organ transplants associated with antirejection medicine, immunosuppressing drugs, etc.) are generating new environments in hospital ecosystems, which are now colonized by new parasite and pathogen flocks. Elsewhere, agricultural processes have widely disturbed ecological parameters in natural ecosystems; they are responsible for the introduction of new parasites and pathogens species, and for changes in host-parasite interactions. This chapter discusses some of these phenomena and processes in man-made ecosystems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationParasitism and Ecosystems
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191712777
ISBN (Print)0198529864, 9780198529873
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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