Turfgrass and crop scientists join Pee Dee center

By Tom Lollis

Juang-Horng "J.C." ChongTwo new scientists have joined the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence. Juang-Horng "J.C." Chong brings expertise in the biology, ecology and management of pests for turfgrass and ornamental plants. David Gunter is responsible for integrated pest management and agronomic programs for peanuts, soybeans, corn, tobacco and other crops.

Chong, a native of Malaysia, holds a B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona and M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in entomology from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining Clemson, he implemented biological David Guntercontrol of invasive pests for the University of Florida and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

Gunter, a native of Pelion, holds a B.S. in agricultural mechanization and business and an M.S. in agriculture, both from Clemson. He served as a county agent in Darlington County prior to moving to the Pee Dee center. He will work with specialists there and at the Edisto center in Blackville, and with county Extension agents in the Pee Dee region.

For more information: J.C. Chong, 843-662-3526, ext. 224, juanghc@clemson.edu; David Gunter, 843-662-3526, ext. 226, dgunter@clemson.edu.