Parasites: Small Players with Crucial Roles in the Ecological Theater

@article{Marcogliese2004ParasitesSP,
  title={Parasites: Small Players with Crucial Roles in the Ecological Theater},
  author={David J. Marcogliese},
  journal={EcoHealth},
  year={2004},
  volume={1},
  pages={151-164}
}
Effective management of our natural resources requires an understanding of ecosystem structure and function; effectively, an ecosystem-based approach to management. Parasites occur, albeit cryptically, in almost all ecosystems, yet they are usually neglected in studies on populations and communties of organisms. Parasites can have pronounced or subtle effects on hosts affecting host behavior, growth, fecundity, and mortality. Furthermore, parasites may regulate host population dynamics and… CONTINUE READING

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