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Parasitism and Ecosystems$
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Frédéric Thomas, François Renaud, and Jean-François Guegan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198529873

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529873.001.0001

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Parasitism in man-made ecosystems

Parasitism in man-made ecosystems

(p.155) CHAPTER 10 Parasitism in man-made ecosystems
Parasitism and Ecosystems

François Renaud

Thierry De Meeüs

Andrew F. Read

Oxford University Press

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 anti-rejection 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.

Keywords:   human made ecosystem, human travel, industrialization, ageing, intensive farming, epidemics

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