Research and public service honored

By Peter Kent

Gregory L. ReighardResearch to develop a disease-resistant peach tree rootstock has improved the quality of fruit production and helped make Clemson an internationally recognized leader in peach tree research.

Peach tree scientist Gregory L. Reighard developed and trademarked the Guardian® rootstock that has expanded peach production in the state and around the world. To recognize his effort, Reighard was selected for Clemson’s highest agricultural honor: the Godley-Snell Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research.

For information: Greg Reighard,, 864-656-4962

Daniel LafontaineDedication to protecting the public from food-borne illnesses put South Carolina among the leaders in the nation for food safety and earned the 2008 American Veterinary Medical Association Public Service Award for Clemson veterinarian Daniel Lafontaine.

Lafontaine is director of the S.C. Meat and Poultry Inspection unit, the state’s USDA representative to ensure that meat and poultry products are safe, wholesome and accurately labeled.

For information: Dan Lafontaine,, 803-788-8747