author={Robin M. Overstreet},
  booktitle={Journal of Parasitology},
  • R. Overstreet
  • Published in Journal of Parasitology 1 December 2003
  • Medicine, Biology
Using good sense and some biological information, one can enjoy a delightful morsel or enhanced meal from a variety of parasites, either raw or cooked. Bon Appétit! 

Insects as a Novel Food

Diversity and nutritional status of edible insects in Nigeria: A review

Information on insects as food in Nigeria was collected by reviewing the literature of what scientists have done locally in the country. A list of 22 edible insect species from six orders were

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Tales of Mold-Ripened Cheese.

The appearance of fungi during a 60-day ripening period was documented using light and scanning electron microscopy, and it was shown to be remarkably reproducible and parallel to the course of ripening of authentic Saint-Nectaire cheese in the Auvergne region of France.

Human consumption of rumen flukes of cattle in India.

The practice of eating rumen flukes of cattle by a section of people living in Meghalaya, a north eastern State of India, is reported and it is suggested that dietary benefits obtained from flukes might contribute to the energy transfer and inclusion in the food web.

Cheese (or Ham) Skipper, Piophila casei (Linnaeus) (Insecta: Diptera: Piophilidae)

EENY468, a 5-page illustrated fact sheet by Caitlin Lewis and Phillip E. Kaufman, describes these detritivorous flies who are commonly the cause of enteric myiasis in humans and are also useful in determining the “time since death” in forensic investigations.

A Mite Unappetizing

It’s not surprising that vegetarians are sometimes inconsistent in what they consider permissible, but it is surprising that meat-eaters, who seem to regard vegetarianism as some sort of personal affront, delight in picking apart the various and sundry working definitions used by vegetarians.

Insects as past and future food in entomophobic Europe

Investigation of what has been perceived as food historically and how this changes over time with focus on insects suggests the terms entomophobic (insect despising) and entomophilic ( insect loving) to describe the eating behavior of societies.


Investigations on Danube–Tisa–Danube Canal in the territory of Novi Sad found presence of nematodes in the abdominal cavity, musculature, in the lumen of the stomach and encapsulated in stomach wall was revealed in 6 individuals after examination.

Eustrongylides ignotus infecting commercial bass, Morone chrysops female X Morone saxatilis male, and other fish in the southeastern USA.

This research presents a novel and scalable approach to integrated aquaculture and fisheries management that combines conservation, management, and education into a single integrated system.



Joy of cooking

This authoritative American classic has now been updated with new chapters to reflect changing tastes and lifestyles. It is a remarkable reference for everyday cooking, and has 4,500 recipes, 500 of

Seafood-Transmitted Zoonoses in the United States: The Fishes, the Dishes, and the Worms

In areas with heavy infections of such parasites, both human health and the corresponding economic climates are affected.

Modulation of a Heterologous Immune Response by the Products of Ascaris suum

The induction of interleukin-10 by ABF suggests that T regulatory cells may play a role in immunomodulation of immune responses by parasitic helminths, and shows that the Immunomodulatory activities of ABF are associated with components other than the major constituent and putative allergen, ABA-1.

On an instance of parasitisation by the pea-crab (Pinnotheres sp.) on the backwater clam Mmeretrix casta (Chemnitz) from India, with a review of the work on the systematics, ecology biology and ethology of pea crabs of the genus Pinnotheres latreille

The backwater clam Meretrix casta (Chemintz) from Malpe, on the west coast of India was found to be infested with a species of the pea-crab and a careful study of the infected clams indicated definite damages caused by the crab to the gills, mantle, gonad and digestive gland of the host indicating a clear case of parasitism.


All stages of crabs have been found in oysters either singly or in various combinations except that no more than one specimen of a Stage III, IV, or V female has ever been observed within a single oyster.

The possible link between de-worming and the emergence of immunological disease.

Interest both in helminths and IBD has led to development of a new hypothesis suggesting that lack of helminthic exposure increases the risk for acquiring some immunological diseases, and other experimental data from both human and animal research provide substantial support for this hypothesis.

The Substance P and Somatostatin Interferon‐γ Immunoregulatory Circuit a

The inflammation of murine schistosomiasis has a complete SP/SOM Immunoregulatory circuit, which in turn is subject to immunoregulation, and data suggest that the inflammatory cells make these neurokines.

Parasites of some penaeid shrimps with emphasis on reared hosts

Does the failure to acquire helminthic parasites predispose to Crohn's disease?

It is proposed that exposure to an environmental agent predisposes individuals to Crohn's disease and the Th2 response provoked by parasitic worms can modulate immune reactions to unrelated parasitic, bacterial, and viral infections.

Early life history of the oyster crab, Pinnotheres ostreum (Say).

The early stages of Pinnotheres ostreum have been reared in the laboratory from the egg to the first crab, described by Stauber as the youngest crabs which invade the oyster.