Avian Malaria and Related Parasites in the Tropics

Avian Malaria And Related Parasites In The Tropics By Diego Santiago-Alarcon And Alfonso Marzal

By Diego Santiago-Alarcon and Alfonso Marzal

Avian Malaria and Related Parasites in the Tropics PDF. The Tropics are home to the greatest biodiversity in the world, but tropical species are at risk due to anthropogenic activities, mainly land use change, habitat loss, invasive species, and pathogens. Over the past 20 years, the avian malaria and related parasites (Order: Haemosporida) systems have received increased attention in the tropical regions from a diverse array of research perspectives. However, to date no attempts have been made to synthesize the available information and to propose new lines of research. This book provides such a synthesis by not only focusing on the antagonistic interactions, but also by providing conceptual chapters on topics going from avian haemosporidians life cycles and study techniques, to chapters addressing current concepts on ecology and evolution. For example, a chapter synthesizing basic biogeography and ecological niche model concepts is presented, followed by one on the island biogeography of avian haemosporidians. Accordingly, researchers and professionals interested in these antagonistic interaction systems will find both an overview of the field with special emphasis on the tropics, and access to the necessary conceptual framework for various topics in ecology, evolution and systematics. Given its conceptual perspective, the book will appeal not only to readers interested in avian haemosporidians, but also to those more generally interested in the ecology, evolution and systematics of host-parasite interactions.

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Table of Contents

Research on Avian Haemosporidian Parasites in the Tropics Before the Year 2000

Introduction to Life Cycles, Taxonomy, Distribution, and Basic Research Techniques

Phylogenetics and Systematics in a Nutshell

The Use of Molecular Methods in Studies of Avian Haemosporidians

Introduction to the Taxonomy and General Biology of Diptera (Insecta) Involved in the Transmission of Avian Haemosporida

Diptera Vectors of Avian Haemosporidians: With Emphasis on Tropical Regions

Ecological Niche Modeling and Other Tools for the Study of Avian Malaria Distribution in the Neotropics: A Short Literature Review

Island Biogeography of Avian Haemosporidians in the Neotropical Region

A Macroecological Perspective on Antagonistic Interactions Through the Lens of Ecological Networks

Effects of Ecological Gradients on Tropical Avian Hemoparasites

Host Specialization and Dispersal in Avian Haemosporidians

Cophylogenetic Patterns and Speciation in Avian Haemosporidians

An Introduction to Landscape and Urban Ecology: An Avian Haemosporida Perspective

Anthropogenic Effects on Avian Haemosporidians and Their Vectors

The Role of Malaria Parasites in Invasion Biology

Bird Migration and Vector-Borne Parasite Transmission

Experimental Parasitology and Ecoimmunology: Concepts and Opportunities in Avian Haemosporidian Studies

Concluding Remarks

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