Effects of Larval Schistosomes on Biomphalaria Snails

Chapter

Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to provide a clearer understanding of the complex relationship between Biomphalaria snails and larval schistosome parasites. This chapter describes the numerous changes in host physiology, biochemistry, and behavior brought about by infection. Specifically, the effects of larval schistosomes on host mortality, growth, metabolism, reproduction, organic and inorganic elements, and behavior are focused on. The chapter concentrates on three Biomphalaria species; B. glabrata, B. alexandrina, and B. pfeifferi and one species of schistosome, Schistosoma mansoni.

Keywords

Urea Carbohydrate Dopamine Lipase Respiration 

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  1. 1.Biology DepartmentLawrence UniversityAppletonUSA

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