Host Manipulations by Parasites and Viruses

  • Heinz Mehlhorn

Part of the Parasitology Research Monographs book series (Parasitology Res. Monogr., volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Heinz Mehlhorn
    Pages 1-1
  3. Melanie J. Hatcher, Jaimie T. A. Dick, Rachel A. Paterson, Mhairi E. Alexander, Mandy Bunke, Alison M. Dunn
    Pages 29-47
  4. Elżbieta Żbikowska, Anna Cichy
    Pages 69-90
  5. Jaroslav Flegr
    Pages 91-99
  6. Heinz Mehlhorn
    Pages 101-108
  7. Heinz Mehlhorn
    Pages 109-115
  8. Thomas Kuhn, Regina Klapper, Julian Münster, Dorian D. Dörge, Judith Kochmann, Sven Klimpel
    Pages 117-148
  9. Yue Han, Monique M. van Oers, Stineke van Houte, Vera I. D. Ros
    Pages 149-174
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 175-192

About this book


This edited volume focuses on parasite-host relationships and the behavioral changes parasites may trigger in their hosts. Parasites have developed strategies which enhance their chances to find a host to survive inside its body and to become most easily transmitted to one another. Many of these parasites influence the host’s behavior by various mechanisms, so that the rate of their transmissions to further hosts becomes considerably enhanced in comparison to that of non-influenced specimens of the same host species. A broad number of recent studies elucidate more and more examples in an extreme spectrum of host-parasite relationships, where successful transmission and /or survival of a parasite inside a host is based on parasite-derived behavioral manipulations of the hosts. In the literature, an increasing numbers of papers appear which prove that these behavioral alterations are based on complicated psychoimmunologic, neuropharmacologic and genomically steered mechanisms. Researchers working in parasitology or behavioral sciences will find this work thought-provoking, instructive and informative.


Behavioral manipulations of hosts Host-parasite relations Neuropharmacoligical effects Parasites influence behaviour Psychoneuroimmunologic mechnisms host manipulation

Editors and affiliations

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Zoomorphology, Cell Biology and ParasitologyHeinrich Heine University, Universitätsstrasse 1DüsseldorfGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-22935-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-22936-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-3671
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-368X
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