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October 2016 - Do you have the Galls?

Galls in plants are malformations. These are created by living organisms such as insects, bacteria, mites, fungi and nematodes. Plant galls have fascinated botanists and zoologists over the ages.

One of the most simple and noticeable changes that galls introduce, is leaf curling. But Galls can create a lot of complex structures. Very often organisms inducing such galls on plants are highly host specific i.e. that particular organism inducing that particular gall on a specific plant. These assume definite shapes, which can help identify what kind of organism is infecting the particular plant.

In the Maltese Islands more than 100 plant galls have already been recorded in the scientific literature but every year new plant galls are being discovered. Join us this Wednesday, at 7.30pm, where Dr David Mifsud will talk to us about this fascinating topic.

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Thanks go to Sammy's by Culinary Forward Malta, St. James Cavalier for hosting this event, the University of Malta, and Malta Chamber of Scientists (of which the café forms part).