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The history of ergot of rye (Claviceps purpurea) I: from antiquity to 1900.

  title={The history of ergot of rye (Claviceps purpurea) I: from antiquity to 1900.},
  author={M. R. Lee},
  journal={The journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh},
  volume={39 2},
  • M. R. Lee
  • Published 2009
  • Medicine
  • The journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
This article outlines the history of ergot of rye up to 1900. Ergot is a fungal disease that affects many grasses but is particularly damaging to rye. It occurs as the result of an infection by the parasitic organism Claviceps purpurea, which produces characteristic black spurs on the grass. When incorporated into grain, the ergot fungus can cause severe outbreaks of poisoning in humans called ergotism. There are two main clinical forms of toxicity, gangrenous and convulsive, where coma and… 

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