Air and growing medium temperatures affected severity of foot rot of Epipremnum aureum (pothos) caused by Rhizoctonia solani AG4. Maximum daily temperatures of 30°C (86°F) for either air or soil resulted in optimal disease development. Maximum daily temperatures of 35°C (95°F) decreased disease development significantly due to fungal pathogen growth reduction. A continuous temperature of 30°C (86°F) was also too high for significant disease development.

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2Professor of Plant Pathology and Professor of Plant Physiology, respectively. Florida Agricultural Experiment Journal Series No. R-00421.