Trace: ergot


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Ergot is a parasitic fungus that infects cereal grains (note the dark fruit bodies on the wheat grains in the picture to the left). Ergotamine is one of the alkaloids extracted from ergot, and has been used medicinally for hundreds of years. Lysergic acid (ergoline) was originally derived from ergotamine, and in 1938, Albert Hofmann first synthesized lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD-25).