The Rasputin Effect :When Commensals and Symbionts Become Parasitic

The Rasputin Effect :When Commensals and Symbionts Become Parasitic
The Rasputin Effect: When Commensals and Symbionts Become Parasitic
Springer | Ecology | August 6, 2016 | ISBN-10: 3319281682 | 357 pages | pdf | 4.89 mb

Editors: Hurst, Christon J. (Ed.)
‚ÄčEnables readers to understand the conditions that facilitate opportunistic pathogenicity
Written by eminent scientists
Richly illustrated throughout

This volume focuses on those instances when benign and even beneficial relationships between microbes and their hosts opportunistically change and become detrimental toward the host. It examines the triggering events which can factor into these changes, such as reduction in the host's capacity for mounting an effective defensive response due to nutritional deprivation, coinfections and seemingly subtle environmental influences like the amounts of sunlight, temperature, and either water or air quality. The effects of environmental changes can be compounded when they necessitate a physical relocation of species, in turn changing the probability of encounter between microbe and host. The change also can result when pathogens, including virus species, either have modified the opportunist or attacked the host's protective natural microflora. The authors discuss these opportunistic interactions and assess their outcomes in both aquatic as well as terrestrial ecosystems, highlighting the impact on plant, invertebrate and vertebrate hosts.

Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
Microbial Ecology
Animal Physiology
Plant Pathology
Freshwater & Marine Ecology


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