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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 and the regulation of host populations

Parasitism and the regulation of host populations

(p.43) CHAPTER 3 Parasitism and the regulation of host populations
Parasitism and Ecosystems

Anders Pape Møller

Oxford University Press

Parasites can have a dramatic effect on the host population and regulate host populations under specific cases. This chapter reviews the basic microparasite and macroparasite models, and the conditions that lead to regulation. It considers transient and at times more interesting features of parasite-host relationships. Examples from natural systems are considered and parasite-mediated competition is reviewed. The importance of immuno-suppression and cross-immunity in relation to rabbit parasites is considered as a case study.

Keywords:   host regulation, microparasite, macroparasite, introduction, fecundity, survival, competition

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