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DATE: June 24, 2009

CONTACT: Felicia Lewis (502) 597-6286 or (502) 597-6760; felicia.lewis@kysu.edu

KSU Researchers Receive Shepard Award For Best Research Paper Of The Year

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky State University Land Grant Program Community Research Service researchers Dr. Kirk Pomper, principal investigator of horticulture, and Sheri Crabtree, co-investigator of horticulture, will receive the 2008 Shepard Award for the best research paper of the year published in the Journal of the American Pomological Society.

Pomper and Crabtree will receive the award at the society’s annual meeting July 26 in St. Louis. The researchers will share the award with colleagues at Clemson University and the University of Kentucky. The citation for the research paper that earned the prize is “K.W. Pomper, S.B. Crabtree, D.R. Layne, R.N. Peterson, J. Masabni, and D. Wolfe. 2008. The Kentucky pawpaw regional variety trial. J. Amer. Pom. Sci. 62(2):58-69.” The research paper, “The Kentucky Pawpaw Regional Variety Trial,” can be viewed on the KSU Pawpaw Web site, www.pawpaw.kysu.edu

Pomper has been a KSU researcher for 11 years, working mainly with pawpaw. During his time, he has published 38 refereed journal articles, obtained over $2,400,000 in funding on competitive grants and has taught biotechnology courses as an adjunct professor. Crabtree has been a KSU researcher for nine years, published over 20 articles and abstracts and been interviewed by National Public Radio about pawpaw growing.

The pawpaw (Asimina triloba) fruit has fresh market and processing appeal. Its flavor is similar to a combination of banana, mango and pineapple. For more information about growing pawpaw, contact Dr. Pomper at kirk.pomper@kysu.edu.

In this picture, Pomper and Crabtree examine leaves on a pawpaw tree in Cove Spring Park in Frankfort. They were gathering leaves from different trees in the park to see if all of the trees in the Cove Spring cluster were related or if they had different DNA make-up.

Questions about pawpaws? Contact Sheri Crabtree at sheri.crabtree@kysu.edu or telephone # 502-597-6375  Pawpaw Program questions? Contact Dr. Kirk Pomper at:

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