Rye - Secale cereale



I'm not really sure why I chose rye as the organism to make my web page on. I was looking through a list of available organisms and for some reason, rye struck my fancy. At first, it was a bit hard to find valid sources pertaining to rye. Rye has been around for so long as a crop that it is just generally assumed that things like reproduction and habitat for rye are known. It was harder to find information on those types of mundane things than I was expecting.


Overall, I am definatly glad that I did pick rye. I came across some interesting facts when researching rye. One of the funniest things that I heard was that in the middle ages, a town in France called Pont-St. Esprit was rife with ergot poisoning. Members of the town went on a pilgrimage to a shrine to pray for a cure, and lo and behold when they quit eating the contaminated rye bread that was produced near their homes, the hallucinations subsided. Their "miraculous" recoveries were than attributed to religion.


Another thing that I personally found interesting about rye was that it was one of the most hardy grains. Coming from a somewhat rural community, I had heard of people planting rye as a rotation crop for most of my life but I never realized why. Now I know.


Hopefully you learn as much reading my web page as I did from making it, but if you get curious about other pages on multiple organisms, he are some links to pages that I personally found interesting.


This first link is for the Multiple Organism page on the Yeti Crab. The yeti crab is the only animal in its family and lives by thermal vents at the bottom of the ocean. Check it out! If you are a sucker for cute animals, then look at this page on the Harp Seal. This page talks about the brutal treatment of baby seals for their fur.