Distinct antimicrobial activities in aphid galls on Pistacia atlantica.

@article{Gerchman2011DistinctAA,
  title={Distinct antimicrobial activities in aphid galls on Pistacia atlantica.},
  author={Yoram Gerchman and Moshe Inbar},
  journal={Plant signaling & behavior},
  year={2011},
  volume={6 12},
  pages={
          2008-12
        }
}
Gall-formers are parasitic organisms that manipulate plant traits for their own benefit. Galls have been shown to protect their inhabitants from natural enemies such as predators and parasitoids by various chemical and mechanical means. Much less attention, however, has been given to the possibility of defense against microbial pathogens in the humid and nutrient-rich gall environment. We found that the large, cauliflower-shaped, galls induced by the aphid Slavum wertheimae on buds of Pistacia… CONTINUE READING
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