Claviceps purpurea, ergotism and ergot alkaloids

Brajdić, Niko (2014) Claviceps purpurea, ergotism and ergot alkaloids. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

The Ergot of rye (Claviceps purpurea) is a fungus of the Clavicipitaceae family, which parasytes on grasses, predominantly rye. Its metabolytes, when ingested, cause morbid simptoms, such as convulsions, gangrene and hallucinations and in some cases death. Based ontheir structure they have also found a useful place in medicine, where as such had great remedial value throughout history and the modern times. The goal of this work is to describe the historical impact of the ergot of rye on human populations thoughout the world, to define the basics of its ecology and the physiological effect of ergot alkaloids on people and animals, also to present the properties of both groups and individual alkaloids and to imply on their pharmacological applications in medicine.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Lisičić, Duje
Date: 2014
Number of Pages: 11
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2014 10:35
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 10:35
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/3295

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