Parasite ecology


What is parasite ecology?

Parasites can provide information about the host population ecology. Parasites can be used to distinguish the various species of animals.


Concepts in parasite ecology

- There is a negative impact of individual on host, in many ways the host should be viewed as a resource for the parasite.

- Parasites exist in non-equilibrium conditions.



- The first rule is that vertically transmitted parasites, namely, those that tend to pass from parent to child, evolve toward decreasing virulence, ultimately approaching benign or symbiotic configurations.

- Rule number 2 states that the disease is often connected to horizontal modes of transmission, where parasites are transmitted indiscriminately with respect to host relationships.