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What is ergot?

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What is ergot?
posted Aug 26 by Rajni

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A fungus growing in rye, sometimes wheat and barley, and other grasses
The small long black fungus grows in the plants' ovaries. Ergot alkaloids when ergot-affected grain or grass is eaten can sometimes severely affect circulation and neurotransmission. During the Middle Ages, ergotism was common and was known as St. Anthony's fire.

answer Aug 27 by Balwinder
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