The natural occurrence of ergot in South India

Thomas, K. M. ; Ramakrishnan, T. S. ; Srinivasan, K. V. (1945) The natural occurrence of ergot in South India Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Section B, 21 (2). pp. 93-100. ISSN 0370-0097

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A survey was conducted on the upper slopes of the Nilgiri plateau, the Pulneys (in the neighbourhood of Kodaikanal), Wynaad (Malabar and Nilgiris) and portions of Anamalais to find out if any indigenous ergots are present.Claviceps was observed on 18 species of grasses. All of these except three are new records. On twelve of these both the sphacelial and sclerotial stages were observed. On the rest the sphacelial stage alone was present. The fungi collected could be tentatively differentiated into five groups from the conidial characters. One of these appears to be Claviceps purpurea.

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