Ergot alkaloids (ALKA)

Fungal sources

  • Claviceps purpurea
  • Claviceps paspali
  • Claviceps africana
  • Claviceps fusiformis
  • Claviceps cyperi

Affected commodities

Rye, barley, wheat, oats, by-products.

Effects on animals

Effects of Ergocornine, ergocristine, ergocryptine, ergometrine, ergosine, ergotamine (ALKA) on:

Agalactia, high piglet mortality, necrosis, gangrene, reproductive disorders.

Swelling of feet and lameness, diarrhoea, hypersalivation, intense thirst, severe shaking.

Reduction in growth and rate of lay, high chick mortality, gangrene of the crest, tongue and beak, liquid droppings.

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