The fungus Rhizoctonia solani anastomosis group 3 (AG-3) is a common inhabitant of the soil ecosystem, has a worldwide distribution, and represents the most genetically tractable member of the R. solani species complex. The fungus is a pathogen of agricultural crops in the plant family Solanaceae that includes eggplant, pepper, potato, and tomato. In addition to its parasitic lifestyle, the fungus can also grow as a saprobe on non-living plant material to promote the decay and recycling of organic matter.
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