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Gallen

Pathological growths and swellings on leaves, buds, stems, flowers, roots and also fruits of a host plant caused by bacteria, fungi or animal pests. On the vine, they can be caused by aphids, gall midges, gall wasps, gall mites and grape aphids (see in the picture). The insects and/or also the laid eggs or the hatched larvae release substances with a high content of gallotannin (gall tannic acid) to the infested plant site, which characteristically change the surrounding plant tissue. Galls come in a wide variety of forms; each pest causes a characteristic gall form that makes identification possible. Depending on the pest causing the galls, the damage is manifested by pockmarked elevations on the upper side of the leaf in green, reddish, brown or sulphur yellow (in the case of the gall mite), by lentil-like galls (in the case of the gall midge) as well as by beuteal-like galls (in the case of the grape phylloxera). In the case of the phylloxera, the gall body is on the underside of the leaf and the opening is on the upper side of the leaf.

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