Special Issue "Global Impact of Ergot Alkaloids"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2020.
Interests: ergot alkaloids, livestock, forages, toxicology pharmacology vascular physiology, systems biology
For many years ergot alkaloids have been identified and studied as both problems or toxins to be mitagated and also as potential medical solutions or cures. These comounds have been primarily studied in the medical/pharmaceutical and agricultural fields. Depending on one’s perspective, the impact that ergot alkaloids have had on the progress of human medicine and livestock production can be either positive or negative. The dose or concentration of ergot alkaloid exposure is paramount. This can make the difference from these compounds being implicated in the morbidity and mortality of individuals with St. Anthony’s Fire to being used to treat migraines and post-partum bleeding or being used to maximize plant resistance and persistence and being framed as an animal welfare concern for grazing the livestock. The ethics of ergot alkaloid use is debated to this day, but there is no debating their impacts. Many of the positive and negative issues associated with ergot alkaloids have specific conditions with regional implications, but that does not diminsh the magnitude of impact that these compounds have had on humans, livestock, and plants globally. The focus of this special issue will include original research and review articles that highlight benefits and detriments and successes and failures involving ergot alkloids around the world with deference to regional distinctions. What role have ergot alkaloids played and continue to play in your country, your region, and on your research?
We all focus on how ergot alkaloids influence (positive or negative) our individual situation. There is a benefit to this shared interest even if the issues with ergot alkaloids don’t directly overlap.
Dr. James L. Klotz
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- Ergot alkaloids
- Drug development