The study of parasites, their hosts, and the relationship between them.

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Parasites with both plant and animal hosts?

Are there animals (or plants) that are parasitic on both animals and plants? Especially such that they rely on their plant host being eaten by their animal host?
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Question about *Cryptosporidium hominis*

Cryptosporidium muris infects mostly rodents and it is usually found in gastric gladns. Cryptosporidium parvum infects humans and certain animals and it is found in the terminal ileum and colon. ...
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Encephalitozoon cuniculi

Can anyone advise me a literature supporting the claim that Encephalitozoon cuniculi is an aerobic organism? I have seen papers saying otherwise, but also I was told that this is not quite true.
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Does malaria have a reservoir host?

Can warm blooded vertebrates other than humans act as reservoir hosts for malaria parasites? I'm mainly interested in plasmodium vivax and possible reservoir hosts in the wider area of Europe/ ...
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Are there ATP parasites?

Since ATP is a fairly universal medium for energy storage and intra-organism transmission, it would seem to be a perfect target for parasites. But I'm not aware of any parasites that exploit it. Are ...
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B-cell and T-cell activation by parasites

Parasitic infections lead to the production of parasite-specific IgE, but they also lead to the activation of nonspecific, polyclonal B-cells and T-cells. How do parasites trigger non-specific ...
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Are there any arboreal mammals which eat leeches?

Are there any tree-dwelling mammals which might be found taking a living leech and eating it? (And do any hollow-dwelling birds of prey eat leeches?)