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Ethel Dutky is the Director of the University of Maryland Plant Diagnostic Laboratory. She has a BS in Entomology and an MS in Botany/Plant Pathology. She diagnoses diseases on all crops, providing plant diseases support for the Maryland Cooperative Extension field faculty. Ms. Dutky's contributions to plant diagnostics have been recognized by awards from her colleagues in Extension, by grower groups and nationally by the American Phytopathological Society Diagnostics Committee lifetime achievement award.
She is the co-author (with Stanton Gill and David Clement) of the book "Diseases and Pests of Herbaceous Perennials - the Biological Approach" published in 1999 by Ball Publishing. She helps train Maryland and Virginia Master Gardener volunteers to become better diagnosticians and to appreciate the beauty and complexity of plant pathology. Ms. Dutky has worked on USAID programs in west Africa, assisting in the development of diagnostic services to support the Ministry of Agriculture Integrated Pest Management programs for crops and vegetables is Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. Ms. Dutky has also visited Peru and Bolivia on international development projects.
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