University of Georgia
Vegetable Pathology Extension Specialist
Dutta is an assistant professor and extension specialist focused on management of plant diseases that affect over 20 different vegetable crops produced in Georgia. His research efforts focus on Fusarium wilt and gummy stem blight of watermelon, bacterial spot of pepper, black rot of cabbage, and a complex of bacterial diseases of onion. Information from his research is used to develop novel management practices ranging from the use of nanotechnology-formulated pesticides to how best fertilize plants with micronutrients that up-regulate genes associated with the systemic acquired resistance pathway in plants.