Bruce Martin has been named interim director for Clemson University’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center at Florence, S.C. He will be responsible for day-to-day operations at the center, succeeding George Askew, who has assumed statewide responsibilities for agriculture and natural resources research and Extension programs.

Martin will continue his research and Extension programs in addition to his new duties. His turfgrass projects include development of fungicide programs for disease management, integrated control of nematodes, diseases caused by Rhizoctonia species, and the biology and control of rapid blight.

He holds a B.S. degree from Hendrix College, an M.S. degree from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.

His appointment coincides with a refinement of missions for Clemson’s statewide network of research sites dedicated to the state’s agriculture and natural resource industries.

The Pee Dee Research and Education Center near Florence will continue to focus on improving productivity of traditional crops and place a new emphasis on stimulating agricultural innovation through biotechnology. Research includes row crops and turfgrass, sustainability practices such as agroecology and conservation-tillage, and the wildlife interface with the urban environment.

The Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville will continue to focus on sustainable production systems for row crops, vegetables and beef cattle, with a new emphasis on emerging agribusiness areas, such as forage-fed beef.

The Coastal Research and Education Center in Charleston will continue to focus on vegetable and specialty crop production with a new emphasis on the effects of plant-based foods on human health and nutrition.

The Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science in Georgetown will strengthen its focus on the environmental impact of development in the state’s coastal region particularly forested wetland ecology, water quality, forest genetics and forest management.