Ergot Infecrion

Ergot Infecrion
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  • Hi, my name is Erida and we got Ergot in our field. 
  • Hi, my name is Tara and Ergot is a fungal infection.
  • Ergot comes from the genus Claviceps
  • It is a host in 50 known species. The most common is Purpurea but it can also be found in grasslands, meadows, fields and other moist areas.
  • The spore of the species infects a flowering grass and turns into a white soft tissue(sphacelia). Then a sugary honeydew drips out and infects other florets. It is later converted into a dry sclerotium inside the husk of the floret (alkaloids and lipids accumulate). It then matures and drips onto the ground where it remains dormant until proper conditions trigger its fruiting phase 
  • I have nausea, muscle pain, weakness, numbness, itching, rapid or slow heart rate, headaches, vision problems, confusion, spasms, convulsions, and I've been vomiting,
  • Hmmm, let me try to match your symptoms with a cause. I think it might be ergotism though
  • Go to the Pharmacy for some antibiotics called nitroprusside and nitroglycerine to help with the infection
  • Make sure you increase awareness in your community, use certified seed supplies which have a low tolerance for ergot, rotate your crops, mow and sprays your grasses, and avoid late herbicide applications
  • It can be transmitted to humans because the fungus grows on rye and other related plants which contaminates them but humans eat them.
  • The most interesting information that we learned from this experience was that it comes from wheat, produces a lot of symptoms, and can lead to death.
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