Clemson Clean Plant Center
The Clemson Clean Plant Center was founded in 2001 and is located in Clemson, SC. The CCPC (formerly, Southeastern Budwood Program) was founded by Dr. Simon Scott at Clemson University and became one of three National Clean Plant Network-Fruit Tree Centers in the US in 2009. The creation of the CCPC was to initially help fruit tree growers in the Southeast 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 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 is equipped to perform molecular, serological, and biological assays for virus detection and diagnosis. Our lab and staff can confidently provide results for over 25 targeted viral and bacterial pathogens to stakeholders. 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. As the name suggests, a Foundation is the collection of important accessions of plants which are the rigorously tested and demonstrated to be free of target pathogens and maintained under conditions which minimize the potential for reinfection. Trees are monitored visually and tested regularly in order to guarantee they remain clear of targeted pathogens. It is imperative to maintain the health and security of these trees so that, in the event of a disease outbreak, the genetic material is not lost.