Survey on ergot alkaloids in cereals intended for human consumption and animal feeding

21 July 2010 → 20 August 2011
European funding: various
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Other chemical sciences
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural animal production
    • Food sciences and (bio)technology
wheat ergot alkaloids food and feed survey rye
Project description

This project is designed to obtain representative data on the occurrence, within the Member States of the European Union, of the six most prominent ergot alkaloids (ergometrine, ergotamine, ergosine, ergocristine, ergokryptine and ergocornine) in rye and wheat samples intended for human consumption and animal feeding. It is the intention to study carefully the variability of the ergot alkaloid patterns in order to identify a marker(s) that could be used as indicator(s) of ergot contamination in food and feed.