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Dallice Mills' major research interests included isolation and characterization of Pseudomonas virulence genes, cell signaling and pathogenicity determinants in smut fungi, probe technology for detection of phytopathogenic microbes, and development of a bioherbicide for control of grassy weeds.  Dallice was a pioneer in the application of DNA technology to research on plant pathogens.

Mary Powleson has a distinguished record with significant advancements in the cultural management of vegetable diseases, numerous teaching awards including the Award of Merit from the National Association of College Teachers of Agriculture, as well as outstanding professional service to the potato industry and to plant pathology.

LaRea Johnston has a distinguished record of outstanding undergraduate teaching as a systematic botanist and Assistant Curator of the OSU Herbarium.

They will be permanent members of the Diamond Pioneer Agricultural Achievement Registry in the College of Agricultural Sciences.