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The Rasputin Effect: When Commensals and Symbionts Become Parasitic

  • Christon J. Hurst

Part of the Advances in Environmental Microbiology book series (AEM, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Understanding Interspecies Relationships

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robin M. Overstreet, Jeffrey M. Lotz
      Pages 27-64
  3. Opportunistic Pathogenicity in the Aquatic World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Joanna Borucinska
      Pages 67-79
    3. Nicolas Derome, Jeff Gauthier, Sébastien Boutin, Martin Llewellyn
      Pages 81-108
    4. Nicolas Derome, Jeff Gauthier, Sébastien Boutin, Martin Llewellyn
      Pages 109-126
    5. Stephanie Venn-Watson
      Pages 127-143
  4. Opportunistic Pathogenicity in the Terrestrial World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Amy O. Charkowski
      Pages 147-168
    3. Stephen M. Chege
      Pages 221-260
    4. Kristin M. Burkholder, Mary X. D. O’Riordan
      Pages 301-357

About this book


This volume focuses on those instances when benign and even beneficial relationships between microbes and their hosts opportunistically change and become detrimental toward the host.  It examines the triggering events which can factor into these changes, such as reduction in the host’s capacity for mounting an effective defensive response due to nutritional deprivation, coinfections and seemingly subtle environmental influences like the amounts of sunlight, temperature, and either water or air quality.  The effects of environmental changes can be compounded when they necessitate a physical relocation of species, in turn changing the probability of encounter between microbe and host.  The change also can result when pathogens, including virus species, either have modified the opportunist or attacked the host’s protective natural microflora.  The authors discuss these opportunistic interactions and assess their outcomes in both aquatic as well as terrestrial ecosystems, highlighting the impact on plant, invertebrate and vertebrate hosts.




Commensalism Host-symbiont relationships Opportunistic pathogens Parasitism Symbiosis Opportunistic pathogenicity Opportunistic infections Bacterial opportunistic pathogens Fungal secondary invaders Bacterial entomopathogens Opportunistic algae Opportunistic fungi Opportunistic ichthyosporea Opportunistic human pathogens

Editors and affiliations

  • Christon J. Hurst
    • 1
  1. 1.CincinnatiUSA

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“Overall the three book series is an excellent resource that describes a new vision for microbial ecology based upon the guiding principles of evolution, habitat, and niche.  The series provides a rich set of examples that emphasize all three aspects of these guiding principles along with the interaction of microbial species within the context of these guiding principles.  The series is a must read that provides a new look at how the microbial world works.” (Helena M. Solo-Gabriele, Ph.D, P.E., Professor of Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA)