The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Evolution and life history of parasitism

10 July 2012 17:00 - 09 July 2012 23:00

Location: Zoological Society of London, Regents Park, London NW1 4RY, UK.

Event description

Parasites are often defined as 'organisms that feed on one host, causing harm, but not necessarily immediate death.' To most people, their name provokes images of ticks, tapeworms and leeches (often accompanied by an involuntary shudder).

While parasites may seem most notable to us in their apparent grotesqueness and oddity, we generally underestimate the importance of parasites in our everyday lives and the natural world.

This meeting will include an overview of the fascinating world of parasites, and give examples of how they manipulate the behaviour of their host, how they alter their own behaviour and life history to maximise their reproductive success, and, importantly, how they have played a central role in the evolution of life on earth, including the development of human life and society.

Organisation details

This event was not organised by the AES. Please contact the event organiser if you have any queries.

Event organiser: Zoological Society of London

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