Clemson University's Department of Plant Industry (DPI) to create an online reporting site for South Carolinians who have received unsolicited packages of seeds mailed to them
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson University's Regulatory Services division are working together to investigate after state residents reported receiving packages of seeds they did not order. Similar reports have been made to agriculture officials across the country. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is collecting reports and coordinating a national investigation.
An invasive species of beetle, the Asian longhorned beetle, has been discovered for the first time in South Carolina. Teams of inspectors from Clemson's Department of Plant Industry and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are surveying the area surrounding Hollywood, S.C., in Charleston County where a homeowner first contacted Clemson about the pest.
Among the scientists who deal with invasive pests, the bigger problem isn't the Asian Giant Hornet, it's the hysteria that accompanied it.
The regulatory arm of Clemson University has been recognized by the USDA National Organic Program as among the nation's best organic certification programs. Certification seeks to verify that organic regulations are followed from the growing environment to the sale of an organic product.
The state of Georgia on Jan. 1, 2020 will adopt new regulations that make it illegal to import any citrus plant without a permit. "This doesn't affect citrus fruit, but it is an issue for South Carolina nurseries or citizens who buy citrus plants as ornamentals if they carry them across the state line," said Steven Long, who leads the plant protection division of the Department of Plant Industry (DPI), a state regulatory unit housed at Clemson University.
South Carolina cotton farmers will gather at Clemson’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence County on Tuesday, Dec. 17 for updates on the Boll Weevil Eradication Program.
An invasive insect pest of the widely used ornamental plant crapemyrtle has been found for the first time in South Carolina. Crapemyrtle Bark Scale has been positively identified in locations throughout metro Columbia, said Steven Long, who leads the plant protection division of the Department of Plant Industry (DPI), a regulatory unit housed at Clemson University.
Clemson University researchers are armed with close to $7 million to design protocols for managing invasive guava root-knot nematodes. This nematode is considered to be one of the most damaging in the world because of its wide host range, aggressiveness and ability to overcome the resistance that has been developed against root-knot nematodes in many crops.
Clemson University’s main campus covers some 17,000 acres, but the Tiger paw also adorns dozens of satellite campuses and research centers placed across the entire expanse of South Carolina. One of those orange dots on the map is the Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic in Pendleton, which is where you’ll find diagnostician and manager Meg […]
Fig buttercup's bright, shiny yellow petals poke upward from heart-shaped, dark green leaves that carpet several Carolina riverbanks. At the same time, the invasive species also smothers out the native plants that once called the bottomlands home. Surveys conducted by the Department of Plant Industry at Clemson University, a state regulatory agency charged with protecting South Carolina from foreign plant predators, show that colonies of fig buttercup have established themselves along tributaries of the Reedy River in Greenville and the Catawba River in Rock Hill.
Clemson University’s Department of Plant Industry (DPI) has issued updated quarantine information related to two crop pests: sweet potato weevil and Benghal dayflower. The agency expanded a longstanding quarantine due to sweet potato weevils in Charleston and Beaufort counties to include Jasper, Colleton and Berkeley counties. The agency also increased an area of quarantine in Aiken County due to Benghal dayflower. The original quarantine was implemented in November 2016. The area now includes a section forming a triangle from north latitude 33.380, east to U.S. Highway 1, south to U.S. Highway 125 and north back to north latitude 33.380.
A new pest detected in two farm fields in Darlington County has resulted in a quarantine of South Carolina sweet potatoes by Louisiana and Mississippi. Guava root-knot nematode was detected in the Darlington County fields during a routine survey by Clemson University’s Department of Plant Industry (DPI) in September 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in January 2018.
Mosquitoes are breeding in abundance in floodwaters left behind by Hurricane Florence, prompting officials throughout the Pee Dee region to step up pesticide treatments to control them. Experts with the Clemson University Extension Service and Regulatory Services units are advising beekeepers to be aware of increased sprayings and prepare to cover their hives if necessary while sprayings are in progress.
A serious pest of sweet potatoes has been confirmed in three more South Carolina counties by the Clemson University Department of Plant Industry (DPI). The discovery of the sweet potato weevil Cylas formicarius in Jasper, Colleton and Berkeley counties likely means that a quarantine already in place in nearby Charleston and Beaufort counties will be extended to them