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… 202 more words
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
Because she is N’s best friend’s grandmother, I recently had the pleasure of meeting the researcher who first proposed that the Salem witchcraft trials were inspired by ergot poisoning… 1,305 more words
Keeping with our theme of ancient drugs, earlier this year researchers from Oregon State University and USDA Agricultural Research Service discovered a remarkable fossil from the amber mines of Myanmar. 394 more words
It’s easy to imagine how hard it must be to diagnose an ancient disease from bones alone. Many illness leave no trace on the skeleton, and soft tissues are rarely preserved, so in most cases it is impossible to even say that an animal or prehistoric human was sick at the time of their death, much less what they died of. 1,993 more words