The host-parasite relationships of metazoan parasites are usually complicated by numerous variable factors; some are ecological whereas others are related to the behaviour, physiology, nutritional status and immunological responsiveness of the host. The expression of all these different features in nature holds the host-parasite relationship in a dynamic equilibrium frequently referred to as the host specificity of the parasite.
My work has been within the field of host specificity and has involved the use of a variety of nematode parasites in reptilian and mammalian hosts. It can be divided into three categories, namely: innate immunity, twelve articles; actively acquired immunity, fifteen articles; pathology, seven articles. Five of the papers included under innate immunity, namely 1 - 5 and part of publication 6 were previously submitted in thesis form for a Ph. D. They are included in this submission to indicate the trend my work has taken from this time. Three as yet unpublished pieces of work are also submitted (Articles 22, 24 and 27).
My submission comprises thirty-four articles...