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Les Zoocécidies des Plantes d'Europe et du Bassin de la Méditerranée

Nature volume 82, pages 333334 (20 January 1910) | Download Citation



GALLS on plants, in at least the more conspicuous forms, must have been known to man from a very early period in his history, and the presence in them of living animals might have been expected to suggest inquiries as to their source and relation to plants, yet even after Malpighi had published the results of his study of various galls, and had been followed by Reaumur in his admirable “Mémoires,” the interest in those curious growths long remained limited to a very few. To botanists they were little more than excrescences on, or defects of, plants, lessening their value as specimens, while zoologists were rarely attracted to the study of the makers, which belonged for the most part to mites, nematode worms, midges, and other groups difficult to study, and little attractive in themselves.

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