Authors: Malcolm Ryley, Roger Shivas, Alistair McTaggart, Dean Beasley

Welcome to Ergot Fungi of Australia, an interactive key for the Australian species of plant pathogenic clavicipitaceous fungi. These fungi, also called ergot fungi, are pathogens of many grasses, including some economically important cereals.

With Ergot Fungi of Australia you will be able to:

  • Use the interactive Lucid key or dichotomous keys to quickly and accurately identify any of the species of ergot fungi found in Australia.
  • Access comprehensive information for each of the species, including descriptions, distribution maps, line drawings, scanned specimens, light micrographs and scanning electron micrographs.
  • Browse information by species and generic name and also view supplementary information including a glossary and list of references.

This key was created using Lucid Builder 3.5.19, and requires Java 8 (Version 8 Update 25).

For more information about Ergot Fungi of Australia please contact:

Dr Roger Shivas

Phone: +61 7 3708 8478

Dr Dean Beasley

Phone: +61 7 3708 8469

Plant Pathology Herbarium
Biosecurity Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Ecosciences Precinct
GPO Box 267 Brisbane QLD 4001