Biodiversity and the coevolution of the host-parasite unit
Left Figure: Paragordius varius
exiting Acheta domesticus
host at 28 days post infection. Right Figure:
Magnetic resonance image (MRI) of uninfected (A.) and infected (B.) female Acheta domesticus
at 30 days post infection or sham infection. Infected cricket was exposed to 25 Paragordius varius
cysts. Note that the abdomen of the uninfected cricket is filled with eggs, whereas the abdomen of the infected cricket contains no eggs, but clearly shows cross sections and longitudinal sections of adult worms.
The Hanelt Laboratory investigates the biology of the phylum Nematomorpha, and the coevolution of host-parasite interactions with a focus on immune systems