Botrytis cinerea is one of the leaf (also called phylloplane) moulds and is also soilborne. It is commonly found in outdoor air. Its occurrence indoors is not very common but it has been isolated from floor, carpet, and mattress dust.
Botrytis cinerea causes field diseases and storage rots of most vegetables and flowers. Botrytis cinerea is used in the wine industry. Grapes infected with Botrytis (referred to as “noble rot”) are used in the production of high quality sweet wines such as the Sauternes. The mould shrivels the fruit and thus concentrates the sugars within.
Botrytis cinerea has not been documented as a health hazard.
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