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Pests, diseases & disorders

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American gooseberry mildew. Initially, powdery .white patches appear on shoots .and leaves, then on the fruits .themselves. New shoots may .become misshapen and fail to .grow properly. Eventually, the .skins of the fruits may turn brown .and felt-like or leathery and, .although the mildew can be .removed and the fruits eaten, they .are not very tempting.