Tagged: parasites

Attack of the zombie snails - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Mar 10, 2016

The semester’s begun, teaching has started, admin isn’t letting up any time soon, & there are days when I feel like a zombie by home-time. So it seems entirely appropriate to revivify a post I wrote 3 years ago, on that very subject. Honestly, sometimes I think the zombie apocalypse is already here. Certainly zombies seem to be flavour of … Read More

Parasites hijack flowers – Chief pollinators at risk - News

Erica Mather Aug 06, 2015

The spread of bee parasites has been found to be mediated by flowers, according to new research from the UK.  Infected bees deposit parasites onto flowers as they forage.  The parasites are then dispersed by other bees that visit the same flowers, and even spread between bee species.  These results reveal flowers to be ‘hotspots’ of pathogen dispersal, aiding the … Read More

Now this is how we should be doing science! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 22, 2012

Professor Michael Pollastri is an Associate Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at Northwestern University. His research is focused in the area of drug discovery for neglected tropical diseases. Think sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, lymphatic filariasis, and schistosomiasis. There is a real lack of coordination between … Read More

Mind altering microbes Part I: Suicidal crickets - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 18, 2011

I went to a fantastic departmental seminar yesterday by Associate Professor Mark Thomas about how parasites are able to manipulate the behaviour of their unfortunate host, usually as a means of enhancing transmission or to enable the parasite to reach the next phase of its life cycle. I wanted to share some of the fantastic examples Mark talked about, … Read More

Tuatara tuesday – an iconic parasite for an iconic species - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Oct 26, 2010

As you might expect from an animal that is so evolutionarily distant from its nearest relatives, the tuatara also has some unique parasites to call its own.  One of these is the tick Amblyomma sphenodonti (sometimes also called Aponomma sphenodonti), pictured here. Like many ticks, A. sphenodonti are host-specific, spending all three of their life stages […] … Read More