Eurotiomycetes

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Aspergillus conidiophore
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Eurotiomycetes

This class of ascomycete fungi is mainly defined by its DNA sequence. Penicillium and Aspergillus are familiar members of this group. There are 2 types of sexual fruiting bodies:

  • perithecia, often covered with sharp spines, which have an opening from which the ascospores are released, or
  • cleistothecia and related structures which are typically completely closed and the ascospores are released when these structures break open or are opened by animals.

The Eurotiomycetes are divided into 2 subclasses, depending on the above structures of their fruiting bodies, the Chaetothyriomycetidae and the Eurotiomycetidae.

Note:
This page only deals with plant pathogens. For beneficial Eurotiomycetes, see Eurotiomycetes (antagonists) or Eurotiomycetes (entomopathogens).


The following orders are here included: