The Antigenic and Allergenic Properties of Botrytis Cinerea

  • H. F. Kauffman
  • S. van der Heide
  • F. Beaumont
  • K. de Vries

Abstract

During aerobiological studies of fungal prevalence in the Netherlands (F. Beaumont et al., 1984, Ann. Allergy, 53:487) it was found that next to the commonly occurring genera such as Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria and Aspergillus, the conidia of Botrytis belonged to the most prevailing airborne moulds. It was also found that Botrytis showed a high sensitization rate (6.1%) in a group of patients with bronchial obstructive complaints (F. Beaumont et al., 1985, Allergy, 40:181). Reports of Botrytis as a causative agent of human allergies are limited, but severe, early, and late obstructive reactions after inhalation of Botrytis extracts have been reported (Morrow-Brown, meeting of the “Foundation for Allergy Research in Europe”).

Keywords

Europe Aspergillus Penicillium Cladosporium 

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. F. Kauffman
    • 1
  • S. van der Heide
    • 1
  • F. Beaumont
    • 1
  • K. de Vries
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Allergology, Clinic for Internal MedicineState University HospitalGroningeNetherlands

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