Botrytis

Characteristics: Allergen Type I and Type III. Rare Pathogen. Not known to be a toxigenic agent.

Description: It is often found in temperature and subtropical regions. It is commonly in soil or stored and transported fruit and vegetables. It is a plant pathogen and saprophyte on flowers, leaves, stems, and fruit. It causes leaf rot on grapes, strawberries, lettuce, cabbage, and onions. It is disseminated as a dry spore by the wind or liberated by a rain splash. For indoor growth this fungus is generally found in conjunction with indoor plants. As an allergen, it has been known to cause Type I allergies including hay fever and asthma symptoms. As a pathogen, it has been rarely known to cause keratomycosis. It is not known to be a toxigenic agent.


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