Clemson Clean Plant Center
The Clemson Clean Plant Center was founded in 2020 and is located in Clemson, SC. The CCPC (formerly, Southeastern Budwood Program under the leadership of Dr. Simon Scott) was re-branded by Dr. Libby Cieniewicz in 2020. The mission of the CCPC is to help fruit tree growers in the Southeast U.S. to reduce the prevalence of viruses being spread by propagation of infected material. Now, with continued support from the Peach Councils of South Carolina and Georgia and the National Clean Plant Network, we provide services to test for and eliminate targeted viruses and virus-like agents of Prunus species and maintain a Foundation collection of Prunus cultivars, primarily with low chilling hour requirements.
Diagnostics and Virus Elimination
CCPC performs molecular and serological assays for virus detection and diagnosis. Our lab can test for over 25 targeted viral and bacterial pathogens of stone fruits. When viruses are detected in Prunus accessions, there are methods to eliminate the pathogens from the accession. We are currently developing these capabilities at the CCPC, harmonizing our protocols with sister centers at Foundation Plant Services and Clean Plant Center Northwest.
Clemson University’s Musser Fruit Research Center provides the infrastructure for the CCPC to house G1 Prunus accessions. Our Prunus Foundation is comprised of primarily peach and plum scion and rootstock cultivars that are suitable for production in the Southeast. The collection is free of target pathogens and maintained under conditions which minimize the potential for reinfection. Information on ordering from the Foundation and fees for material are coming soon!