Produced by the fungi group known as Claviceps, Ergot Alkaloids develop during extended periods of moisture and cold temperatures when fungi infect the seed heads of plants during the flowering period...

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Produced by the fungi group known as Claviceps, Ergot Alkaloids develop during extended periods of moisture and cold temperatures when fungi infect the seed heads of plants during the flowering period and then fungi replace the grain with the alkaloid wintering body referred to as ergot.

While ergot prevalence is largely dependent on geographical location, increased unpredictable climates have resulted in contaminated feed and affected animals being reported globally. Other influencing factors include harvest year, cereal species and variety. Despite this it is generally thought that the number of unknown contributing factors outnumber the known as new cases are being reported across the globe. 

Symptoms of Ergot Alkaloid contamination in animals vary with each species and can be quite severe, for example, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, gangrene and convulsions. In most recorded cases, the effected grain is disposed of and animals are put down to minimise the impact of the contamination.

Screening for Ergot Alkaloids

Randox Food Diagnostics offer the market two screening kits for the detection of Ergot Alkaloids in feed. Available to suit sample throughput requirements on either a single sample ELISA or the multiplexing Biochip Array Technology (BAT) platform. Randox Food supply the market with fast, accurate and reliable screening methods for the detection of ergotamine in seed and flour at excellent limits of detection.

Using Biochip Array Technology enables the user to not only screen for Ergot Alkaloids but to simultaneously test for up to 10 of the world’s most prevalent mycotoxins and with the customisable MycoFlex Biochip available the most specific mycotoxin testing requirements can be met.

For more information on Ergot Alkaloid testing with Randox Food contact info@randoxfooddiagnostics.com

Attending Feed Tech 2018 in Pune, India? Stop by Booth A-12 and speak to our Business Development Manager Rajesh Chauhan and learn more about Biochip Array Technology with Randox Food Diagnostics.

 

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