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Refuge Notebook: Kenai's namesake smut

...areas swell, forming large, conspicuous gray to black galls so that an infected ear of corn will be bursting with swollen, distorted gray galls instead of the usual yellow kernels. Mature galls disintegrate into a dark, sooty powder of new spores...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/2013-08-22/refuge-notebook-kenais-namesake-
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Refuge Notebook: Winter Solstice is for the birds

...Mexico and Central America, but they change their diet from insects to honeydew excreted from sap-sucking insects, plant galls and a few seeds. Red-necked Phalaropes, a shorebird that commonly nests in wetlands adjacent to lakes such as the far side...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/2013-12-19/refuge-notebook-winter-solstice-
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Nunataks and Noah's Ark

...records for Alaska, representing range extensions for these two otherwise widespread species. Interestingly, the aphid forms galls on cottonwoods, but it also feeds on the roots of willows. In this case, we collected the root-feeding form in a soil sample...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/031111/out_798126769.shtml
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Forest detective notices strange purple plants in muskeg

...be seen on the bottom of the leaves. The spores are dispersed by the wind to infect new host plants. Insects often produce galls on leaves and twigs to house their offspring, and the Exobasidium shoots can be thought of as a kind of gall. In both cases...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/081007/outdoors_3106.shtml
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