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Ergot on sweet vernal grass

Observed: 14th August 2013 By: markwilsonmarkwilson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmarkwilson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmarkwilson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmarkwilson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Ergot on sweet vernal grass
Description:

Seed taken over by fungus.

Identifications

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Species interactions

Species with which Ergot (Claviceps purpurea) interacts

Comments

markwilson's picture

ergot

Does anyone know if sheep feeding or ergoted grass suffer more from foot rot as the ergotamine might affect blood supply to the extremities?

Fenwickfield's picture

unlikely

I think it is highly unlikely as foot rot is a fungal infection of the tissue in the foot normally kept at bay by trimming the foot nail and spraying with that purple spray which does not come off your hands if you get any on you.I was always under the impression that grazing sheep on bad boggy ground caused it and I have seen cases when it has not been treated and the whole foot has become so bad the sheep cannot walk and it has caused blood poisoning.

Fenwickfield

markwilson's picture

ergot

Thanks It's probably me putting 2 + 2 together to make 5