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ERGOT, WITCHCRAFT, AND THE ORIGIN OF LSD

Stemming from the fungus Claviceps purpurea, ergot is a plant disease that affects the grain of the plant, replacing the grain with sclerotium where the mass of hardened mycelia is found.  471 more words

Civilisation: The Salem witch trials

Welcome to the ‘Civilisation’ blog series. This is my attempt to categorise some of history’s most famous (and infamous) names. Sometimes it’s serious and sometimes it’s silly. 901 more words

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Grasses and Sedges

Grasses and Sedges

Family: Poaceae, the Grass Family, and Cyperaceae, the Sedge Family

Description: No generic description: There are approximately 10,000 Poaceae species worldwide and over 5,000 Cyperaceae species worldwide! 315 more words

Natural History

What's Your Poison? Ergot!

Did you know:

  • Ergot is a toxic fungus that grows mainly on rye plants.
  • Claviceps purpurea can also infect barley, oats, and wheat.
  • It reduces the crop yield and causes a disease called…
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Folklore

A brief insight into fame, the drug habits of dinsosaurs and a phone in rice

As I am still a zombie from the after-effects of the Edinburgh Fringe and not yet fully able to string thoughts together, here is a blog (to quote… 451 more words

Humour

Ergot in Wheat: A Brief Summary

Introduction

We have seen a lot of ergot in the panhandle of Nebraska this year and we have been getting a lot of questions about it.  767 more words

Farmer Coop

St. Vitus' Plauge; Or; The Truth Behind Disney Song and Dance Numbers

Between the 14th and 17th century, a rather unique plague repeatedly struck Europe: St. Vitus’ Plague. It’s also known as the Dancing Plague or dancing mania. 312 more words

Humor