Course: Biology of Helminths

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Course title Biology of Helminths
Course code KPA/484
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 9
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Scholz Tomáš, prof. RNDr. CSc.
  • Kuchta Roman, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Content of lectures: 1. Introduction The characteristic of main groups of parasitic helminths. Significance of helminths and the methods of helminthology. Terminology. 2. Adaptations of helminths to parasitism. 3. The functional morphology of helminths. 4. The Helminths reproduction and development. The types of life cycles. Morphological and physiological adaptations of developmental stages. 5. The ecologie of helminths. Host-parasite interactions, pathology, host specificity. Abiotic and biotic factors, the ecology of communities. 6. Phylogeny and classification of helminths. 7. An overview of the main groups of parasitic helminths. Trematoda, Monogenea, Cestoda, Acanthocephala, Nematoda. 8. Medically and economically important helminths. Content of practices: 1. Microscopy techniques in helminths research. 2. Permanent slides, staining. 3. The main groups of helminths. 4. Monogenea - methods of study and determination. 5. Digenea I. 6. Digenea II. 7. Cestoda. 8. Acanthocephala. 9. Nematoda. 10. Dissection of fish. 11. Field excursion. 12. Mollusca as intermediate hosts of digeneans - methods of study and the morphology of cercaria. 13. Electron microscopy - the study o surface structure and ultrastructure.

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Recommended literature
  • Esch G. E., Fernandes J. C. Functional Biology of Parasitism. Chapman & Hall. 1993.
  • Kearn G. Parasitism and Parasitic Plathelminthes. Blackwell Scientific Publications. 1998.
  • Kennedy C. R. Ecological Animal Parasitology. Blackwell Scientific Publications. 1975.
  • Peter W., Giles H. M. Color Atlas of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology. Fourth Edition. Mosby - Wolfe. 1995.
  • Rohde K. Ecology of Marine Parasites. University of Queensland Press. 1993.
  • Schmidt G. D., Roberts L. Foundations of Parasitology. Fifth Edition. Wm. C. Brown Publishers. 1996.
  • Skripta: Horák P., Scholz T. Biologie helmintů. Univerzita Karlova. 1998.
  • Smyth J. D. Introduction to Animal Parasitology. Cambridge University Press. 1994.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Parasitology (1) Biology courses 1 -