Insects hijack reproductive genes of grape vines to create own living space on plant: Parasite forces the plant to use same genes to make a gall that plant uses to make a flower or fruit

Insects hijack reproductive genes of grape vines to create own living space on plant: Parasite forces the plant to use same genes to make a gall that plant uses to make a flower or fruit

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Grape phylloxera -- the insect that nearly wiped out wine production at the end of the 19th century in France -- hijacks a grape vine's reproductive programs to create a leaf gall, which it uses as a pseudo apartment for the parasite to siphon off the plant's nutrients.

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