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

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Two different Leucochloridium infected snails - different species?

In the last three days, I have found two snails infected by some species of Leucochloridium. I found them in my garden in the south-west of Sweden. Now I'm wondering if they are the same species or ...
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What makes worms' eggs float or sink?

In parasitology while examining the stool sample, one important thing you do, is test whether the eggs float on water or sink. We never did that since our coursework limits itself to microscopic ...
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How to calculate the number of sterile insects that must be released in SIT?

The sterile insect technique (SIT) is used to control insect pests through overwhelming the population in sterile males. The increase in sterile males released into an environment causes the increase ...
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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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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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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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What is the optimum pH of Isospora suis?

What pH range does the Isospora suis parasite thrive most? If you can give me any information, please give me a paper about this as well.
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What Helminth species has the simplest LABORATORY CONDITION for hatching?

I am very interested to hatch the eggs of a parasite in LABORATORY ! but for my first experience I need a species that is not so expensive or time consuming for experiment and can be done by an ...
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Why does histamine release in Type I hypersensitivity help in case of parasites?

The IgE system exists because the same events which lead to often-life threatening complications of allergy, in presence of parasites are helpful in their elimination. The tissue injury mediated ...
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How many eggs are in each mature Taenia saginata proglottid?

What is the range and mean number as the number of eggs per proglottid is variable? By mature proglottids I mean those expelled naturally in human faeces (earlier tapeworm segments have fewer eggs I ...