Plant Pest Detection and Nursery Certification Programs
One of the missions of the Department of Plant Industry is to protect South Carolina's agricultural resources and natural ecosystems from the introduction and spread of plant and honey bee pests and invasive species.
We have several regulatory programs to accomplish this goal:
Movement of nursery stock is regulated by every state and foreign country. Under South Carolina law, any person engaged in the production or collection of nursery stock for sale or distribution must be a licensed nurserymen. Nurseries must be both certified and registered in order to receive a SC Nursery License.
DPI strives to protect South Carolina's agriculture and natural resources through collaborative surveys and outreach programs on invasive plant pests. The most effective way to guard against threatening pests is through early detection and rapid response programs with the cooperation of the public.
The Clemson University Plant Problem Clinic provides diagnoses and management recommendations for plant problems, which include diseases, nematodes, weeds, and insect pests of plants. The PPC receives both residential and commercial samples directly and through county extension offices.
The Molecular Plant Pathogen Detection Lab utilizes molecular techniques to identify plant pathogens. Samples can be submitted through the PPC for diagnosis.
DPI inspects apiaries throughout South Carolina to ensure hive health and proper management. Data is collected in collaboration with the USDA's National Honey Bee Survey. More information coming soon!
511 Westinghouse Road
Pendleton, SC 29670
Fax: 864-646-2178 or 864-646-2179