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Pee Dee Research & Education Center
2200 Pocket Road
Florence, SC 29506

The mission of the Clemson University Pee Dee Research & Education Center is to foster economic stability and development by conducting research and education programs focused on traditional and new plant-based systems appropriate to the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. The Pee Dee Research & Education Center (REC) is a 2,300-acre tract of land situated in Florence and Darlington counties.

The Center is home to top-quality research in areas that are of particular importance to South Carolina residents. It is home to Clemson University’s Advanced Plant Technology (APT) Program, and it is an integral part of Clemson University’s Public Service activities including the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service. Pee Dee Research and Education Center has twelve resident faculty and fifty support staff.


pee dee research and education center
  • 2,300 acres of land
  • Auditorium and 4 public meeting spaces
  • Outdoor pavilion
  • Four well-equipped multi-investigator laboratories
  • 12 Greenhouses & 1 Headhouse
  • 1 Growth Chamber & 8 Growth Cabinets

Pee Dee REC Highlights

Research Focus

  • Plant Breeding and Biotechnology
  • Variety Development & Evaluation
  • Soil Health
  • Turfgrass Pathology
  • Turf, Crop & Ornamental Entomology
  • Cotton Agronomy

Innovative Technologies

  • Virus-mediated gene transfer in plants
  • Robotic Rapid Phenotyping
  • Drone-based imaging for disease and productivity prediction


  • USDA
  • Advanced Research Projects Agency for energy (ARPA-e)
  • Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research
  • SC Department of Agriculture
  • SunGrains (Southeastern University Grains)
  • Cotton Incorporated

State-Wide Research Collaborations

Six Research and Education Centers are a network of centers located strategically throughout the state according to the state’s soil and climate regions that support and encourage associations between Clemson Agricultural Experiment Station, Clemson Cooperative Extension, and various industries. Researchers work to find solutions to the world’s challenges in how to feed a growing global population, conserve natural resources, enhance the vibrancy of the state’s agricultural and natural resources economies, and assist not only South Carolinians but also globally to improve the quality of life.

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    Pee Dee Research and Education Center | 2200 E Pocket Rd, Florence, SC 29506