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Division of Biodiversity and Ecology of Parasites

Research Priorities:

The division studies parasitic organisms as a component of biodiversity and as an ecological and evolutionary factor influencing animal populations and communities. The expertise of researchers covers parasitic worms (helminth parasites) of vertebrate animals and haemosporidians of birds.

Studies include:

- Inventory and classification of parasites

- Evolution and phylogeny of parasites, including co-evolutionary processes

- Parasite life cycles

- Dependence of parasite distribution and abundance on environmental factors

- Host-parasite interactions

- Diagnostics and control of parasitic diseases important for human and animal health or for environment conservation

Research groups:

Taxonomy, evolution and ecology of helminth parasites

Molecular Evolutionary Studies

Parasite ultrastructure

Avian haemosporidians