One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A common soil fungus that sometimes causes plant diseases such as damping off, foot rot, and eyespot.
Genus Rhizoctonia, subdivision Deuteromycotina, in particular R. solani
- ‘The problem could be rhizoctonia stem rot, a soil-borne fungal disease that triggers stem wilt and collapse.’
Late 19th century: modern Latin (genus name), from Greek rhiza ‘root’ + ktonos ‘murder’.
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