In 1937, a year after the U.S. Vegetable Laboratory opened in Charleston, The News and Courier ran a story about goings-on at the facility, explaining "the exact purpose and duties of the station are not usually quite clear to the average person." Nearly 80 years later, that observation still holds.
But while perceptions of the Savannah Highway lab - and Clemson University's neighboring Coastal Research and Education Center, which focuses on regional agriculture - haven't changed much, the nature of the resident scientists' work has evolved dramatically.
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