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Wheat heads infected with ergot have large, dark-purple or black fungal structures that replace individual kernels. These fungal structures or "ergots" may be 5 to 10 times larger than normal wheat kernels and are often first detected in harvested grain. The ergots have a white interior, which distinguishes them from other types of foreign matter found in grain. 

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Erick De Wolf et al. KSU