Parasite Biocenosis

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Parasite Biocenosis


the aggregate of parasites that live in a single organ, in interconnected organs, or in an entire animal or human. The concept of a parasite biocenosis was introduced by the Soviet scientist E. N. Pavlovskii. A parasite biocenosis may include parasitic animals, as well as parasitic bacteria, fungi, and viruses; these organisms are included regardless of their pathogenicity. The species composition of a parasite biocenosis varies considerably from host to host, even among hosts of a single species.

In order to understand the complex interrelationships that exist in the parasite biocenosis as a whole and between the biocenosis’ constituents and the host, the participating parasite species must be fully identified. Such knowledge is useful in understanding the parasite carrier state and the nature of parasitic and infectious diseases; it also is the basis for selecting effective methods for preventing and treating such diseases.


Pavlovskii, E. N. Prirodnaia ochagovost’ transmissivnykh boleznei i problema—organizm kak sreda obitaniia parazitotsenozov. Leningrad, 1952.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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