Editor Highlights

Parasitology Research publishes outstanding research to highlight advances in the field. Our Editors would like to share a selection of recent article highlights.

Zoonotic giardiasis: an update
Weilong Cai, Una Ryan, Lihua Xiao & Yaoyu Feng 

Short tail stories: the hirudin-like factors HLF6 and HLF7 of the Asian medicinal leech, Hirudinaria manillensis
Christian Müller, Chantal Eickelmann, Dana Sponholz & Jan-Peter Hildebrandt

The role of Acanthamoeba spp. in biofilm communities: a systematic review
Larissa Fagundes Pinto, Brenda Nazaré Gomes Andriolo, Ana Luisa Hofling-Lima & Denise Freitas

Molecular detection of Wolbachia endosymbiont in reptiles and their ectoparasites
Ranju Ravindran Santhakumari Manoj, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Jairo Alfonso Mendoza-Roldan & Domenico Otranto

Molecular detection of Cryptosporidium spp., Giardia duodenalis, and Enterocytozoon bieneusi in school children at the Thai-Myanmar border
Chantira Sutthikornchai, Supaluk Popruk, Aongart Mahittikorn, Dumrongkiet Arthan, Ngamphol Soonthornworasiri, Chirawat Paratthakonkun, Yaoyu Feng & Lihua Xiao

Genetic diversity and transmission patterns of Echinococcus granulosus sensu stricto among domestic ungulates of Sardinia, Italy
Naunain Mehmood, Giorgia Dessì, Fahad Ahmed, Gaelle Joanny, Claudia Tamponi, Maria Grazia Cappai, Antonio Varcasia & Antonio Scala 

Parasite counts or parasite incidences? Testing differences with four analyses of infracommunity modelling for seven parasite–host associations
Boris R. Krasnov, Andrea Spickett, Kerstin Junker, Sergei V. Bugmyrin, Evgeny P. Ieshko, Lubov A. Bespyatova, Michal Stanko, Irina S. Khokhlova & Sonja Matthee

Haematological and biochemical abnormalities in hunting dogs infected with Acanthocheilonema reconditum, associated risk factors, and a European overview
Laura Pacifico, Nicola Ferrari, Claudia Romeo, Francesco Buono, Paolo Varuzza, Giovanni Sgroi, Benedetto Neola, Jesse Buch, Melissa Beall, Edward B. Breitschwerdt, Ramaswamy Chandrashekar, Vincenzo Veneziano & Diego Piantedosi

Trematodes coupled with neonicotinoids: effects on blood cell profiles of a model amphibian
M.J. Gavel, S.D. Young, N. Blais, M.R. Forbes & Stacey A. Robinson

Meat-borne parasites in the Arab world: a review in a One Health perspective
Sameh Abuseir

Effectiveness and tolerability of a squalane and dimethicone-based treatment for head lice Leticia Martínez de Murguía Fernández, Gemma Puig Algora, Marta Bajona Roig & Gabriela Bacchini

The effect of analyst training on fecal egg counting variability
Jennifer L. Cain, Kerri T. Peters, Parul Suri, Amber Roher, Matthew H. Rutledge & Martin K. Nielsen

Vector-borne pathogens in dogs of different regions of Iran and Pakistan
Roberta Iatta, Alireza Sazmand, Viet-Linh Nguyen, Farzad Nemati, Muhammad Mazhar Ayaz, Zahra Bahiraei, Salman Zafari, Anna Giannico, Grazia Greco, Filipe Dantas-Torres & Domenico Otranto

Human serum activates the tegument of female schistosomes and supports recovery from Praziquantel
Franziska Winkelmann, Marcus Frank, Anne Rabes, Nicole Koslowski, Cindy Schulz, Miriam Bischofsberger, Emil C. Reisinger & Martina Sombetzki

Apicomplexan co-infections impair with phagocytic activity in avian macrophages Runhui Zhang, Wanpeng Zheng, Arwid Daugschies & Berit Bangoura

Development of a loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) and a direct LAMP for the specific detection of Nosema ceranae, a parasite of honey bees Lucas Lannutti, Anabela Mira, Marina Basualdo, Graciela Rodriguez, Silvio Erler, Victoria Silva, Sebastian Gisder, Elke Genersch, Mónica Florin-Christensen & Leonhard Schnittger

Plasmodium falciparum parasites exit the infected erythrocyte after haemolysis with saponin and streptolysin O Katharina A. Quadt, Xanthoula Smyrnakou, Friedrich Frischknecht, Guido Böse & Markus Ganter

Endoparasites infecting exotic captive amphibian pet and zoo animals (Anura, Caudata) in Germany Malek J. Hallinger, Anja Taubert & Carlos Hermosilla

Contribution of hospitals to the occurrence of enteric protists in urban wastewater Wen Jiang, Dawn M. Roellig, Na Li, Lin Wang, Yaqiong Guo, Yaoyu Feng & Lihua Xiao 

The role of fish helminth parasites in monitoring metal pollution in aquatic ecosystems: a case study in the world’s most productive platinum mining region Johannes H. Erasmus, Victor Wepener, Milen Nachev, Sonja Zimmermann, Wynand Malherbe, Bernd Sures & Nico J. Smit 

Nine years of mosquito monitoring in Germany, 2011–2019, with an updated inventory of German culicid species Doreen Werner, Stefan Kowalczyk & Helge Kampen

Activation of transient receptor potential channel Sm.(Schistosoma mansoni)TRPMPZQ by PZQ, enhanced Ca++ influx, spastic paralysis, and tegumental disrupture—the deadly cascade in parasitic schistosomes, other trematodes, and cestodes Achim Harder

Parasitemia and its daily variation in canine leishmaniasis Simona Di Pietro, Chiara Crinò, Annastella Falcone, Rosalia Crupi, Francesco Francaviglia, Fabrizio Vitale & Elisabetta Giudice

Update on Acanthamoeba phylogeny Daniele Corsaro

Comparative genomics: how has it advanced our knowledge of cryptosporidiosis epidemiology? Yingying Fan, Yaoyu Feng & Lihua Xia

COVID-19 and parasitology Wanderley de Souza