Clavicipitales: Ergot by Claviceps Purpurea


Class: Ascomycetes

Sub-class: Hymenomycetidae I, Hymenomycetidae II.

Order: Clavicipitales

Family: Clavicipitaceae

Genus: Claviceps


Vegetative structure

Hyphae septate, well branched, pale brown or brown.

  • Blood clotting.
  • Ergotism disease (in rye).


Economic importance

  • The fungus causes ergot of rye.
  • Ergotism disease of domestic animal.
  • Alkaloid- child breathing Ergotism
  • Ergotamine- Blood clotting Ergonovic



Life cycle of Claviceps purpurea.

About Abulais Shomrat

Abulais Shomrat
Currently in 4th year (Hons) in Department of Botany, University of Dhaka. Planning to have multiple careers one by one but promised to be with 'Plantlet' as long as it's primary stage remains unfinished.

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