Infectious Disease Ecology Effects of Ecosystems on Disease and of Disease on Ecosystems

ISBN-10: 069112485X
ISBN-13: 9780691124858
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $78.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 520
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.914
Language: English

News headlines are forever reporting diseases that take huge tolls on humans, wildlife, domestic animals, and both cultivated and native plants worldwide. These diseases can also completely transform the ecosystems that feed us and provide us with other critical benefits, from flood control to water purification. And yet diseases sometimes serve to maintain the structure and function of the ecosystems on which humans depend. Gathering thirteen essays by forty leading experts who convened at the Cary Conference at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in 2005, this book develops an integrated framework for understanding where these diseases come from, what ecological factors influence their impacts, and how they in turn influence ecosystem dynamics. It marks the first comprehensive and in-depth exploration of the rich and complex linkages between ecology and disease, and provides conceptual underpinnings to understand and ameliorate epidemics. It also sheds light on the roles that diseases play in ecosystems, bringing vital new insights to landscape management issues in particular. While the ecological context is a key piece of the puzzle, effective control and understanding of diseases requires the interaction of professionals in medicine, epidemiology, veterinary medicine, forestry, agriculture, and ecology. The essential resource on the subject,Infectious Disease Ecologyseeks to bridge these fields with an ecological approach that focuses on systems thinking and complex interactions.

Acknowledgments
List of Contributors
Introduction
Effects of Ecosystems on Disease
Introduction
Effects of Host Diversity on Disease Dynamics
The Role of Vector Diversity in Disease Dynamics
Understanding Host-Multipathogen Systems: Modeling the Interaction between Ecology and Immunology
Influence of Eutrophication on Disease in Aquatic Ecosystems: Patterns, Processes, and Predictions
Landscape Structure, Disturbance, and Disease Dynamics
Effects of Disease on Ecosystems
Introduction
Effects of Disease on Keystone Species, Dominant Species, and Their Communities
Red Queen Communities
Invasion Biology and Parasitic Infections
Effects of Disease on Community Interactions and Food Web Structure
Is Infectious Disease Just Another Type of Predator-Prey Interaction?
Microbial Disease in the Sea: Effects of Viruses on Carbon and Nutrient Cycling
Effects of Pathogens on Terrestrial Ecosystem Function
Disease Effects on Landscape and Regional Systems: A Resilience Framework
Research Frontiers in Ecological Systems: Evaluating the Impacts of Infectious Disease on Ecosystems
Management and Applications
Introduction
The Community Context of Disease Emergence: Could Changes in Predation Be a Key Driver?
The Emergence of Wildlife Disease and the Application of Ecology
Applied Biodiversity Science: Managing Emerging Diseases in Agriculture and Linked Natural Systems Using Ecological Principles
The Ecology of an Infectious Coral Disease in the Florida Keys: From Pathogens to Politics
Infection and Ecology: Calomys callosus, Machupo Virus, and Acute Hemorrhagic Fever
Resolved: Emerging Infections of Humans Can Be Controlled by Ecological Interventions
From Ecological Theory and Knowledge to Application
Educating about Infectious Disease Ecology
Concluding Comments: Frontiers in the Ecology of Infectious Diseases
The Ecology of Infectious Diseases: Progress, Challenges, and Frontiers
Index

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