Day 184 | July 3, 2014

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Research plot. Image courtesy of Clemson University Special Collections.

Field Research

Clemson scientists and Extension agents collaborate on a number of research projects to help South Carolina producers. Research is conducted in laboratories, farms, and forests on the Clemson campus and at Research and Education Centers strategically located in the state's distinct soil and climate regions.

At the Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology & Forest Science in Georgetown, research and education programs focused on the ecology and management of the natural resources of the coastal region of South Carolina for the betterment of the state’s citizens. The institute conducts research on more than 80,000 acres of coastal forest through public and private partnerships.

Coastal REC, located in Charleston, focuses on vegetable and specialty crop production with an emphasis on the effects of plant-based foods on human health and nutrition.

Edisto REC in Blackville specializes in sustainable crop and livestock production systems, including row crops, vegetables, and beef cattle. The center aids citizens, researchers, students, and faculty in finding better ways to grow and harvest crops, raise beef cattle and conserve natural resources.

The Pee Dee REC, located in Florence, conducts applied research and outreach on row crops with an emphasis on enhancing crops through biotechnology. This facility focuses on the major field crops in this section of the coastal plain, along with environmental, wildlife, and ecological studies.

Finally, Sandhill REC in Columbia focuses on economic and community development, and environmental stewardship. The center’s faculty builds the collaborations needed to identify and address the state’s opportunities and challenges for the 21st century.


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