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Avian Malaria and Related Parasites in the Tropics

Ecology, Evolution and Systematics

Editors: Santiago-Alarcon, Diego, Marzal Reynolds, Alfonso (Eds.)

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  • Synthesizes avian Haemosporida research in the tropics in order to identify knowledge gaps and to propose future research
  • The first book synthesizing information on these host-parasite-vector systems in any tropical region
  • Provides the conceptual basis needed to fully understand the diverse array of ecological, evolutionary and systematic topics on avian haemosporidians and antagonistic interactions in general
  • Due to the inclusion of conceptual chapters and the general introduction to each topic provided in the chapters’ structure, virtually any reader can gain a firm understanding of these and similar (i.e., Diptera-borne) parasite systems’ biology. As such, beginners can use it as a textbook, while researchers can use it for teaching or as a reference guide
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Diego Santiago-Alarcon is a Staff Researcher at the Instituto de Ecología, A.C. – CONACYT in Mexico. He completed his MSc and PhD at the University of Missouri in St Louis, USA, and conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of Freiburg, Germany. His research focuses on understanding the ecology, evolution and systematics of host-parasite-vector interactions, in particular how avian haemosporidians dynamics respond to anthropogenic impacts.

Alfonso Marzal is an Associate Professor at the University of Extremadura, Spain. After completing his PhD at the University of Extremadura, he pursued postdoctoral research at Lund University, Sweden. His main research interest is in the field of avian malaria, mainly focusing on the negative effects of avian haemosporidians on their host populations, as well as the environmental and global factors determining the emergence of wildlife diseases.


Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)
  • Research on Avian Haemosporidian Parasites in the Tropics Before the Year 2000

    Pages 1-44

    Santiago-Alarcon, Diego (et al.)

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

    Pages 45-80

    Valkiūnas, Gediminas (et al.)

  • Phylogenetics and Systematics in a Nutshell

    Pages 81-112

    Espinosa de los Monteros, Alejandro

  • The Use of Molecular Methods in Studies of Avian Haemosporidians

    Pages 113-135

    Bensch, Staffan (et al.)

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

    Pages 137-184

    Ibáñez-Bernal, Sergio (et al.)

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eBook 109,99 €
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 147,69 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Avian Malaria and Related Parasites in the Tropics
Book Subtitle
Ecology, Evolution and Systematics
Editors
  • Diego Santiago-Alarcon
  • Alfonso Marzal Reynolds
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-51633-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-51633-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-51632-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 575
Number of Illustrations
28 b/w illustrations, 51 illustrations in colour
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