Advanced Plant Technology Program

Growing the SC Economy

Agriculture, forestry and natural resources  agribusiness – is South Carolina's largest industry, providing an economic impact of $34 billion and 200,000 jobs. But it could be even greater.

Clemson University supports the goal of $50 billion and 290,000 jobs by 2020 outlined by the state’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commission.

We can achieve this ambitious goal by accelerating the improvement and value of agronomic, horticultural, and specialty crops as renewable and sustainable sources of food, feed, fiber, fuel, and chemicals.

Clemson has established a world-class team of scientists to take agriculture to new levels by developing innovative crop breeding and management systems. Based at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence, the interdisciplinary team includes scientists on the main campus and at research and education centers in Florence, Blackville, and Charleston.

We are the interface between research and application. More than 20 scientists are enhancing traditional crop breeding with cutting-edge techniques in genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, and computational biology. We represent the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences; the College of Engineering and Science; Clemson Computing and Information Technology; and Clemson Extension – completing the cycle from gene discovery to information distribution. 

Our goals are to:

  • Identify novel genes to enhance food and feed quality
  • Develop new uses for agricultural byproducts
  • Identify underutilized crops for innovative production systems
  • Utilize and preserve biodiversity in crop improvement
  • Develop sustainable methods and adaptable crop resources

We are seeking strategic partners committed to advancing crop agriculture in South Carolina and the southeastern United States. Please join us.

Dr. Kresovich

Stephen Kresovich
Robert and Lois Coker Trustees Chair of Genetics
SmartState Endowed Chair of Genomics
Department of Genetics and Biochemistry
School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences
105 Collings Street
318 Biosystems Research Complex
Clemson, SC 29634-0318