The Helotiales is a large group of ascomycete fungi with several thousand species. The group includes important plant pathogens like
- Botrytis cinerea (grey mould)
- Monilinia fructicola (American brown rot)
- Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (white mold)
- Oculimacula yallundae (eyespot disease in cereals)
In general, the fruiting bodies (apothecia) are cup-shaped or disc-shaped and often brightly coloured. The asci have slightly thickened apices and contain 8 ascospores. The group is mainly characterized by its DNA structure.
This page only deals with plant pathogenic Helotiales. For other groups see
The following genera and individual species are currently entered under Helotiales: