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Ergot or ergot fungi refers to a group of fungi of the genus Claviceps.The most prominent member of this group is Claviceps purpurea. This fungus grows on rye and related plants, and produces alkaloids that can cause ergotism in humans and other mammals, consuming grains contaminated with the fruiting structure (called ergot sclerotium) of this fungus.There are about 50 known species of Claviceps, most of them in the tropical regions. Economically important species are C.

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