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 Kirk W. Pomper, Ph.D. 

 

Associate Research Director

and Professor in the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Education

Ph.D. Horticulture, Oregon State University, 1996
M.S., Horticulture, University of Minnesota, 1989
B.S., Horticulture (with High Distinction), University of Minnesota, 1985

Professional Experience

2012-Present. Associate Research Director (50%) and Professor in the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (50%), Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY. I lead and coordinate research efforts in the College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems which includes 17 research groups in four Divisions in the college. I also have a 25% research appointment working with pawpaw germplasm and variety development, as well as a 25% teaching appointment where I teach AFE 217 Plant Science (3 credits), AFE 117 Global Perspectives in AFE (3 credits), and as needed ENV 545  Molecular Techniques for Environmental and Aquatic Studies (3 credits).

1998-Present. Curator, USDA National Clonal Germplasm Repository for Asimina spp., Kentucky State University,  Frankfort, KY. Maintenance and acquisition of  Asimina spp. germplasm collection. As a satellite site of the repository at Corvallis OR, the KSU orchards contain more than 2000 accessions from 66 distinct geographic regions from 17 different states. This is the largest pawpaw germplasm collection in the world.

1998-2012. Principal Investigator of Horticulture, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY. Research About 80% of our research effort is focused toward developing pawpaw [Asimina triloba (L.) Dunal] as a new commercial crop, with the remaining 20% of our research effort directed toward primocane blackberry, gooseberry, currant, grape, and peach variety trials.  Our pawpaw research effort includes: 1) conducting a variety trial at KSU in cooperation with other sites across the nation, 2) examining flowering, fruit set, and ripening, 3) improving clonal and seedling/rootstock propagation methods, and 4) characterizing the morphological and molecular variation in the germplasm collection, and 5) developing organic production methods. I have cooperative research projects with Dr. Robert Geneve on in vitro clonal propagation of pawpaw and with Dr. Douglas Archbold on pawpaw postharvest physiology; both are researchers at in the Dept. of Horticulture at the University of Kentucky (UK). Extension activities: I have  replied to over 1000 emails, letters, and telephone calls over the last 10 years, visited grower sites, and organized one to two field days each year. I conceptualized and chaired the Second International Pawpaw Conference in 2001. Over 140 people attended the conference from 22 states and the proceedings were published in HortTechnology. I developed a pawpaw information website (http://www.pawpaw.kysu.edu) that has had over 250,000 visitors since 1999 which was recognized as an outstanding horticultural extension publication by Southern Region-American Society for Horticultural Science in 2000. Teaching and Mentoring Students: BIO 495: Understanding Biotechnology (3 credits lecture/laboratory)-developed and taught course to over 30 undergraduate students from 2005-2008; BIO 410: Special Problems in Biology (2 credits) - mentored 16 undergraduate students in research projects since 1998. These students have won state (Kentucky Academy of Science) and national (ARD) awards for their research presentations. Dr. Pomper’s students: Mr. Shawn Brown (2000), Mr. Lamin Mbye (2003), and Danielle Rascoe (2003) received awards for oral or poster presentations at ARD Symposiums. He has mentored 2 postdoctoral researchers and served on the committees of 4 KSU Aquaculture MS graduate students.

2008-Present. Adjunct Associate Professor of Horticulture, University of Kentucky. I co-advise graduate students and have cooperative research projects with members of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Kentucky. I also guest lecture in fruit production courses and assist the department in other horticultural research and extension matters.

1998-2008. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Horticulture, University of Kentucky.

1996-1998. Post-doctoral Research Associate, USDA-ARS, Children's Nutrition Research Center. Examination of the transport and storage of calcium in green bean pods; increasing bioavalable calcium levels to benefit the nutritional needs of humans.

1996. Post-doctoral Researcher, Oregon State University. Identification of molecular markers for self- incompatibility alleles in hazelnut.

Awards and Grants

2011. A Capacity Building Grant entitled “Development of a Baccalaureate Degree Program in Agriculture, Food, and Environment Supporting Research Opportunities at Kentucky State University,” authored by Kirk Pomper, Michael Bomford, John Sedlacek, George Antonious, Avinash Tope, Ken Andries, and Jim Tidwell for $600,000 was funded by USDA-NIFA.

2011. A grant proposal entitled “The Kentucky State University Primocane Fruiting Blackberry and Raspberry Trial and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Pest Assessment” which was co-authored by K. Pomper and J. Sedlacek to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and was funded for $30,000.

2010. A grant proposal entitled “A Mobile Kitchen for Fruit and Vegetable Processing Training and Extension Initiatives for Pawpaw and Sorghum Syrup” which was co-authored by K. Pomper, M. Bomford, M. Simon, T. Woods, J. Strang, T. Cottrell, R. Perry, S. Crabtree, J. Lowe, and M. Parker, was submitted to the USDA-Capacity Building Grant Program in February, 2010 and was funded for $300,000.

2010. A grant proposal entitled “Mowing of Primocane Blackberries to Manage Stinkbugs Organically” which was co-authored by J. Sedlacek, K. Pomper, and M. Bomford was submitted in March, 2010 to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and was funded for $20,000.

A 2008 USDA Capacity Building Grant (CBG) proposal was written by L. Lu, K. Pomper, and K. Kaul entitled: “Creation of Summer Educational Opportunities in Biotechnology to Recruit Students and Enhance STEM Areas at Kentucky State University,” was funded for $199,293.

A 2007 USDA Capacity Building grant entitled: Anticancer and neuroprotective properties of pawpaw fruit extracts and acetogenin bioavailability was funded for $299,000; the grant was coauthored by Hideka Kobayashi, Kirk Pomper, and Changzheng Wang.

A 2007 National Plant Germplasm System. Evaluation of Cydonia Germplasm for Resistance to Fire Blight (Erwinia amylovora) by Joseph Postman, Kirk Pomper, and Virginia Stockwell for $15, 000.

A 2006 USDA Capacity Building Research Grant entitled: “Use of DNA Markers to Evaluate Genetic Diversity in Different Strains of Freshwater Prawns for Selective Breeding and Hybridization,” #2006-02916, by James Tidwell, Boris Gomelsky and Kirk Pomper was funded for $297,791. The Grant will start on September 1, 2006.

A research grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board entitled “Evaluation of DNA Protective and Immune Modulating Capacity of Grape Products from Kentucky” has been awarded to Drs. Avinash Tope, Sanjun Gu and Kirk Pomper was funded $7,200 for a two year period.

The 2005 USDA Capacity Building Teaching Grant entitled: “Development of Biotechnology Courses to Enhance Aquaculture and Life Science Programs and Recruit Students” was written and awarded to Drs. Pomper, Kaul, Rajendran, and Tidwell for $199,984. Length: 10/01/2005 until 9/31/2009.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) Research and Education Grant entitled: The Southern Region Organic Fruit Production Initiative: Identifying Barriers, Needed Research, Markets, and Opportunities (LS04-167). Planning grant awarded to Curt Rom in 2004 (Kirk Pomper is the Coordinator for Kentucky on this grant).

USDA Capacity Building grant entitled: "Sustainable control of grape black rot, Japanese beetle, and leafhoppers in the Southeastern United States" was funded for $299,633 was co-authored by Drs. Jonathan Egilla (formerly of KSU) and Kirk W. Pomper in 2003. To be administered by Kirk W. Pomper.

USDA Capacity Building grant entitled: "Identification of pawpaw genotypes with high fruit antioxidant capacity" was funded for $293,250; the grant was coauthored by Changzheng Wang and Kirk Pomper in 2003.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) Research and Education Grant entitled: "Development of Organic Production Practices for Pawpaw on Selected Rootstocks" by Kirk Pomper was funded for $153,698 in 2003.

An 1890 Capacity Building Grant proposal entitled, "Development of Seedless Pawpaw Fruit by Germplasm Enhancement," by Kirk Pomper and Karan Kaul, was funded for $140,000 in 2002.

KBRIN supplement grant entitled: “Determination of the Genetic Profile and Population Structure of Solidago shortii (Asteraceae)” by Dr. Pat Calie, Eastern Kentucky University (P.I.), Mr. Brent Smith, Eastern Kentucky University (graduate student), Dr. Jerri Higginbotham, Transylvania University (co-PI), Dr. Rob Kingsolver, Kentucky Wesleyan College (co-PI), Dr. Kirk Pomper, Kentucky State University (co-PI), Dr. David Westneat, University of Kentucky (co-PI) for $90,000 ($8,500 for KSU) in 2002.

Kentucky Nut Grower Association: $1,000 to the pawpaw program at KSU in 2002.

Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network, supported by the National Center for Research Resources. Grant to T. S. Kochhar, Kazi Javed, and Kirk Pomper for $165,000 in 2001.

NRI Competitive Grant: :Ripening and Storage Life Extension of the Native American Pawpaw Fruit," for $114,212 to Dr. Douglas Archbold at UK, sub-contract ($6,000) to Dr. Pomper at KSU in 2001.

Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network, supported by the National Center for Research Resources. Grant to T.S. Kochhar, Kazi Javed, and Kirk Pomper for $165,000 in 2001.

An 1890 Capacity Building Grant proposal entitled, "Clonal Propagation and Preservation of Pawpaw Germplasm," by Kirk Pomper and Karan Kaul, was funded for $269,000 in 2000.

Kentucky Vineyard Assistance Program: KSU received $3,000 to support the establishment of a vineyard at the KSU research farm in 2000.

The KSU Pawpaw Information Web Site was awarded a blue ribbon as an outstanding horticultural extension publication by the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science 2000 Annual Awards Program.

Grant from Oregon Research Council for $8,000 entitled, "Identification of cDNAs Encoding Self incompatibility Alleles in Hazelnut," authored by Drs. Anita N. Azarenko and Kirk W. Pomper (1997).

Inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society (1987).

K. Bailey Scholarship Award, University of Minnesota (1985).

Refereed Publications

Pomper, K.W., S.B. Crabtree, and J.D. Lowe. 2012. Pawpaw. Register of New Fruit and Nut Cultivars List 46. Editors John R. Clark and Chad E. Finn. HortScience 47:536-562.Botkins, J., K.W. Pomper, J.D. Lowe, and S.B. Crabtree. 2012. Pawpaw Patch Genetic Diversity and Clonality and its Impact on the Establishment of Invasive Species in the Forest Understory. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 73(2):111-119.

Smith, R., K.W. Pomper J.D. Lowe, J. Botkins, and S.B. Crabtree. 2012. Genetic Diversity in Kentucky Spicebush Populations using Simple Sequence Repeat Markers. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 73(2):99-107.

Sedlacek, John D., Jeremiah D. Lowe, Kirk W. Pomper, Karen L. Friley, and Sheri B. Crabtree. 2012. The Pawpaw Peduncle Borer, Talponia plummeriana Busck (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae): A Pest of Pawpaw Fruit. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. (in press).

Sedlacek, John D., Karen L. Friley, and Kirk W. Pomper. 2012. Lady Beetle Composition and Abundance in Sweet Corn Bordered by Pasture, Buckwheat, or Sunflower Companion Plantings. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. (in press).

Pomper, K.W., S.B. Crabtree, and J.D. Lowe. 2011. The North American Pawpaw Variety: ‘KSU-AtwoodTM’. Journal of the American Pomological Society 65:218-221. [PDF]

Lu, L., K.W. Pomper, J. D. Lowe, and S. B. Crabtree. 2011. Genetic Variation in Pawpaw Cultivars Using Microsatellite Analysis. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 136:415-421. [PDF]

Pomper, K.W., J. D. Lowe, L. Lu, S. B. Crabtree, S. Dutta, K. Schneider, and J. Tidwell. 2010. Characterization and Identification of Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) Cultivars and Advanced Selections by Simple Sequence Repeat Markers. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 135: 143-149. [PDF]

Crabtree, S. B, K. W. Pomper, and J. D. Lowe. 2010. Within-cluster hand-thinning increases fruit weight in North American pawpaw [Asimina triloba (L.) Dunal]. Journal of the American Pomological Society 64:234-240. [PDF]

Sedlacek, J.D., K.L. Friley, J.D. Lowe and K.W. Pomper. 2010. Potential of ripe pawpaw fruit extract as an insecticide and feeding deterrent for striped cucumber beetle on squash. J. Entomol. Sci. (In Press).

Federica Galli, Douglas D. Archbold, and Kirk W. Pomper. 2009. Pawpaw Fruit Chilling Injury and Antioxidant Protection J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 2009 134: 466-471.[PDF]

Pomper, Kirk W., Sheri B. Crabtree, and Jeremiah Lowe. 2009. Enhancing Pawpaw Chip Budding Success and Scion Growth of Two Cultivars on Two Seedling Rootstocks in Greenhouse Container Production. Journal of the American Pomological Society 63(4):145-149. [PDF]

Pomper, Kirk W., Jeremiah D. Lowe, Li Lu, Sheri B. Crabtree, and Lauren A. Collins. 2009. Clonality of Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) Patches in Kentucky. Journal of The Kentucky Academy of Sciences. 70(1):3-11. [PDF]

Pomper, Kirk W., Jeremiah D. Lowe, Sheri B. Crabtree, and William Keller. 2009. Identification of Annonaceous Acetogenins in the Ripe Fruit of the North American Pawpaw (Asimina triloba). J. Agric. Food Chem. 57 (18): 8339–8343. [PDF]

Novelo, Noel D., Boris Gomelsky & Kirk W. Pomper. 2009. Inheritance and reliability of random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers in two consecutive generations of common carp (Cyprinus carpio L.) Aquaculture Research (Early view).

Pomper, K. W., Sheri B. Crabtree, Desmond R. Layne, and R. Neal Peterson. 2008. Flowering and Fruiting Characteristics of Eight Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) Selections in Kentucky. Journal of the American Pomological Society. 62:89-97. [PDF]

Pomper, K.W., S.B. Crabtree, D.R. Layne, R. Neal Peterson, J. Masabni, and D. Wolfe. 2008. The Kentucky pawpaw regional variety trial. J. Amer. Pom. Sci. 62:58-69. [PDF]

Kobayashi, Hideka, Changzheng Wang, and  K.W. Pomper. 2008. Phenolic Content and Antioxidant Capacity of Pawpaw Fruit (Asimina triloba L.) at Different Ripening Stages. HortScience 43:268–270. [PDF]

Galli, F., D. Archbold, and K. Pomper. 2008. Loss of Ripening Capacity of Pawpaw Fruit with Extended Cold Storage. J. Agric. Food Chem.56:10683–10688.

Gu, Sanjun, and Kirk W. Pomper. 2008. Grape Cultivar Feeding Preference of Adult Japanese Beetles. HortScience 43:196–199. [PDF]

Webster, Thomas C., Etta M. Thacker, Kirk Pomper, Jeremiah Lowe,Greg Hunt. 2008. Nosema apis infection in honey bee (Apis mellifera) queens. Journal of Apicultural Research and Bee World 47: 53–57. [PDF]

Fang, Caodi, and Youling L. Xiong, Changzheng Wang, and K.W. Pomper. 2007. Extraction and Characterization of Polyphenol Oxidase in Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) Fruit. Journal of Food Biochemistry  31:603-620.

Geneve, R., S. Kester, and K. Pomper. 2007. Autonomous Shoot Production in Pawpaw (Asimina triloba (L.) Dunal). Propagation of Ornamental Plants, 7: 51-56. [PDF]

Galli, F., D.D. Archbold, and K. Pomper. 2007. Pawpaw: An Old Fruit for New Needs. Acta Horticulturae, 744:641-666. [PDF]

Duffrin M.W. and K.W. Pomper. 2006. Development of Flavor Descriptors for Pawpaw Fruit Puree: A Step Toward the Establishment of a Native Tree Fruit Industry. Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal. 35:118-130. [PDF]

Pomper, K.W. and D.R. Layne. 2005. The North American Pawpaw: Botany and Horticulture. Horticultural Reviews. Vol. 31:351-384. [PDF]

Koslanund, R., D.D. Archbold, and K.W. Pomper. 2005. Pawpaw [Asimina triloba (L.)] Fruit Ripening. I. Ethylene Biosynthesis and Production. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 130:638-642. [PDF]

Koslanund, R., D.D. Archbold, and K.W. Pomper. 2005. Pawpaw [Asimina triloba (L.)] Fruit Ripening. II. Activity of Selected Cell-wall Degrading Enzymes. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 130:643-648. [PDF]

Pomper, K.W. and M. A. Grusak. 2004. Calcium uptake and whole-plant water use influence pod calcium concentration in snap bean plants. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 129:890-895. [PDF]

Pomper, K.W., S.B. Crabtree, S.P. Brown, S.C. Jones, T.M. Bonney, and D.R. Layne. 2003. Assessment of genetic diversity of pawpaw varieties with inter-simple sequence repeat markers. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 128:521-525. [PDF]

Pomper, K. W. and R.J. Barney. 2003. Introduction to the second international pawpaw conference. HortTechnology 13: 410-411. [PDF]

Pomper, K. W., D. R. Layne, R. N. Peterson, and D. Wolfe. 2003. The Pawpaw Regional Variety Rrial: background and early data. HortTechnology 13: 412-417. [PDF]

Pomper, K. W., D. R. Layne, and S. C. Jones. 2003. Container production of pawpaw seedlings. HortTechnology 13: 434-438. [PDF]

Geneve, R. L., K. W. Pomper, S. T. Kester, J. N. Egilla, C. L. H. Finneseth, S. B. Crabtree, and D. R. Layne. 2003. Propagation of pawpaw - a review. HortTechnology 13: 428-433. [PDF]

Postman, J. D., K. E. Hummer, and K. W. Pomper. 2003. Vascular disease in Oregon regional pawpaw variety trial. HortTechnology 13: 418-420. [PDF]

Merwin, I. A., R. Byard, and K. W. Pomper. 2003. Survival, growth, and establishment of grafted pawpaws in upstate New York. HortTechnology 13: 421-422. [PDF]

Archbold, D. D., R. Kosnalund, and K. W. Pomper. 2003. Ripening and postharvest storage of pawpaw. HortTechnology 13:439-441. [PDF]

Templeton, S. B., M. Marlette, K. W. Pomper, and S. C. Jones. 2003. Favorable taste ratings for several pawpaw products. HortTechnology 13: 445-448. [PDF]

Archbold, D. D. and K. W. Pomper. 2003. Ripening pawpaw fruit exhibit respiratory and ethylene climacterics. Postharvest Biology and Technology. 30:99-103. [PDF]

Webster, T.C., K.W. Pomper, G. Hunt, E.T. Thacker, S.C. Jones. 2003. Nosema apis infection in worker and queen Apis mellifera. Apidologie 34:1-6.

Pomper, K.W., D.R. Layne, and S.C. Jones. 2002. Incident irradiance and cupric hydroxide container treatment effects on early growth and development of container-grown pawpaw seedlings. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 127:13-19. [PDF]

Pomper, K.W., D. R. Layne, S.C. Jones, and M.G. Kwantes. 2002. Growth enhancement of container-grown pawpaw seedlings as influenced by media type, root-zone temperature, and fertilization regime. HortScience 37:329-333. [PDF]

Pomper, K.W., D.R. Layne, and E.B. Reed. 2002. Determination of the optimal rate of slow-release fertilizer for enhanced growth of pawpaw seedlings in containers. HortTechnology 13:397-401. [PDF]

Grusak, M.A. and K.W. Pomper. 1999. Influence of pod stomatal density and pod transpiration on the calcium concentration of snap bean pods. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 124:194-198.

Pomper, K.W., A.N. Azarenko, N. Bassil, J.W. Davis, and S.A. Mehlenbacher. 1998. Identification of random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers for self-incompatibility alleles in Corylus avellana L. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 97:479-487  [PDF]

Pomper, K.W., and P.J. Breen. 1997. Expansion and osmotic adjustment of strawberry fruit during water-stress. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 122:183-189.

Pomper, K.W., and P.J. Breen. 1996. The effect of cell turgor on sugar uptake in developing strawberry fruit. Physiologia Plantarum. 96:324-332.

Pomper, K.W., and P.J. Breen. 1995. Levels of apoplastic solutes in developing strawberry fruit. Journal of Experimental Botany. 46:743-753.

Pomper, K.W., E.E. Hoover, and P.D. Ascher. 1992.  DNA content of Phaseolus coccineus x P. vulgaris suspensors. Sex Plant Reprod. 5:146-150.

Extension Publications, Videos, and Web Sites (2010-2012)

Hummer K.E., Pomper, K.W., Postman, J.D., Graham, C.J., Stover, E., Mercure, E.W., Aradhya, M., Crisosto, C.H., Ferguson, L., Thompson, M.M., Byers, P., and F. Zee. 2012. Emerging Fruit Crops. Chapter 4, pp.97-147. In: (M. L. Badenes and D.H. Byrne, eds.) Fruit Breeding. Springer, NY, NY. 875 pp.

Pomper, Kirk W., Jeremiah D. Lowe, Sheri B. Crabtree, John R. Clark, and John G. Strang, 2011. The Prime-Jan® and Prime-Ark®45 Thorny Primocane-fruiting Blackberry Trial at Kentucky State University. 2011 Fruit and Vegetable Crops Research Report-University of Kentucky. PR-626:18-19.

Sedlacek, John D., Karen L. Friley, Kirk W. Pomper, Jeremiah D. Lowe, Sheri B. Crabtree, and Michael K. Bomford. 2011. Stink Bug Incidence in Primocane-fruiting Blackberry Selections in Kentucky. 2011 Fruit and Vegetable Crops Research Report-University of Kentucky. PR-626:19-20.

Pomper. K.W. 2011. Registration for The Third International Pawpaw Conference. The Kentucky Colonels ‘Kernel’ 2-41(3):2-4.

Pomper. K.W. 2011. EFB Resistant Hazelnut Trial established at KSU, WKU, and UK, as well as Eight KNGA Growers sites. The Kentucky Colonels ‘Kernel’ 2-41(3):5-6. Pawpaw Information Website was revised 2011-2012. The reports and publications, contact information, pawpaw and blackberry PowerPoint presentations, and bibliography pages were updated. The Kentucky Nut Growers’ Association website was updated. The Pawpaw Information Web Site at: http://www.pawpaw.kysu.edu had over 545,000 hits since November 24, 2009.

Organic Production of Pawpaw. (K.W. Pomper, S. B. Crabtree, and J. D. Lowe. 2010.Kentucky State University Cooperative Extension Bulletin PBI-004.)

Forest Production of Pawpaw (K.W. Pomper, and S.B. Crabtree). 2009; KSU Pawpaw Ext. Bull; PIB-003)

Pomper. K. W. 2010. KSU and KNGA Eastern Filbert Blight Resistant Hazelnut Trial Planting, Training, and Fertilization of New Nut Trees. The Kentucky Colonels ‘Kernel’ 2-40(3):5-6.

Pomper, K.W. 2010. Recognizing the Contributions of Les Wilmoth to KNGA and to Nut Growing In Kentucky. The Kentucky Colonels ‘Kernel’ 2-40(3):4-5. Strang, J., and K. W. Pomper. 2010. Planting, Training, and Fertilization of New Nut Trees. The Kentucky Colonels ‘Kernel’ 2-40(2):3-4. Pomper, K.W. 2010. Small Scale Processing of Ripe Pawpaw Fruit. The Kentucky Colonels ‘Kernel’ 2-40(1):3-4.

Strang, J. and Kirk W. Pomper, 2010. It’s Time to Think About Fertilizing and Pruning Your Nut Trees! The Kentucky Colonels ‘Kernel’ 2-40(1):2. 

Abstracts (2010-2012)

Pomper, K.W., S.B. Crabtree, J.D. Lowe, S. Wright, and M. Stone. 2012. The Kentucky Eastern Filbert Blight Resistant Hazelnut Trial. HortScience 47(9): S271.

Crabtree, S.B., K.W. Pomper, J. Lowe. 2012. Occurrence of Phyllosticta Fungal Fruit Spot and Fruit Cracking in Pawpaw (Asimina triloba). HortScience 47(9): S300.

Lowe, J.D., R. Smith, K.W. Pomper, J. Botkins, and S.B. Crabtree. 2012. Genetic Diversity in Six Kentucky Spicebush (Lindera benzoin L.) Populations using Microsatellite (SSR) Markers

May, B., S.B. Crabtree, K.W. Pomper, and J.D. Lowe. 2012. Processed Pulp Recovery Rate in Three North American Pawpaw Cultivars after Periods of Drought or High Rainfall during the Growing Season. HortScience 47(9): S300.

Pomper, K.W., S.B. Crabtree, J.D. Lowe, M.K. Bomford, M.F. Simon, T.A. Woods, J.G. Strang, T. Cottrel, R. Perry, and M.L. Parker. 2011. Establishment of an Extension Initiative at Kentucky State University for Processing of the North American Pawpaw Fruit. HortScience 46(9):S379.

Pomper, K.W., L. Lu, J.D. Lowe, and S.B. Crabtree. 2011. Enhancing Genetic Variation in Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) Cultivars Using Microsatellite Analysis. HortScience 46(9):S206.

Lowe, J.D., K.W. Pomper, L. Lu, and S.B. Crabtree. 2011. Using SSR Markers to Determine Genetic Diversity in Six Pawpaw [Asimina triloba (L.) Dunal] Populations From Five States. HortScience 46(9):S388.

Lowe, J.D., K.W. Pomper, R. Smith, J. Botkins, and S.B. Crabtree. 2011. Evaluation of Genetic Diversity in Kentucky Spicebush (Lindera benzoin L.) Populations Using Molecular Marker. HortScience 46(9):S388-389.

Crabtree, S.B., K.W. Pomper, and J.D. Lowe. 2011. Yield Characteristics of the New North American Pawpaw Cultivar Release ‘KSU-Atwood’ Compared to Two Common Commercially Available Cultivars. HortScience 46(9):S190.

Crabtree, S.B., K.W. Pomper, and J.D. Lowe. 2011. Processed Pulp Recovery Rate and Percent Seed Contained in Five North American Pawpaw Cultivars. HortScience 46(9):S249.

Pomper, K. W., S. B. Crabtree, and J. D. Lowe. 2011. The Kentucky State University Pawpaw Program: Finding the Next Great Pawpaw Cultivar. Association of Research Directors, Inc. 16th Biennial Research Symposium Abstract Book, pg. 155

Crabtree, S. B., K. W. Pomper, K. Neblett, and S. Skaggs. 2011. Leaf Morphology and Stomatal Density Varies by Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) Variety. Association of Research Directors, Inc. 16th Biennial Research Symposium Abstract Book, pg. 180

Lowe, J. D., K. W. Pomper, J. D. Sedlacek, K. L. Friley, and S. B. Crabtree. 2011. The Pawpaw Peduncle Borer (Talponia plummeriana): A Pest of the North American Pawpaw (Asimina triloba). Association of Research Directors, Inc. 16th Biennial Research Symposium Abstract Book, pg. 184

Banda, Y., J. D. Lowe, K. W. Pomper, L. Lu, and S. B. Crabtree. 2011. Genetic Diversity in Kentucky Pawpaw Populations Using DNA Markers. Association of Research Directors, Inc. 16th Biennial Research Symposium Abstract Book, pg. 131.

Botkins, J. B., J. D. Lowe, K. W. Pomper, L. Lu, and S. B. Crabtree. 2011. Genetic Diversity and Geographic Differentiation in Pawpaw Populations from Six States as Revealed by DNA Markers. Association of Research Directors, Inc. 16th Biennial Research Symposium Abstract Book, pg. 139

Friley, K. L., J. D. Sedlacek, K. W. Pomper, J. D. Lowe, S. B. Crabtree, and M. K. Bomford. 2011. Timing of Primocane Mowing Influences Flowering and Ripening Time in Primocane Fruiting Blackberry Selections in Kentucky. Association of Research Directors, Inc. 16th Biennial Research Symposium Abstract Book, pg. 149

Grayson-Holt, M. L., J. D. Sedlacek, K. L. Friley, K. W. Pomper, J. D. Lowe, M. K. Bomford, C. M. Wales, and R. S. Hayden. 2011. Stink Bug Species Associated with Organic Blackberry Production in Central Kentucky. Association of Research Directors, Inc. 16th Biennial Research Symposium Abstract Book, pg. 166

Kobayashi, H., C. Wang, and K. W. Pomper. 2011. Antioxidant Capacity and Anticancer Property of Pawpaw (Asimina triloba). Association of Research Directors, Inc. 16th Biennial Research Symposium Abstract Book, pg. 223

Lu, L., K. W. Pomper, and K. Kaul. 2011. Implementation of Educational Opportunities Focused on Biotechnology and Related STEM Areas at Kentucky State University. Association of Research Directors, Inc. 16th Biennial Research Symposium Abstract Book, pg. 211

Bell, Branden, Jeremiah D. Lowe, Kirk W. Pomper, and Sheri B. Crabtree. 2001. Evaluation of Annonaceous Acetogenin Activity in Ripe Fruit Pulp of Advanced Selections of Pawpaw. Posters at the Capitol Abstract Book pg. 26. http://issuu.com/jodycofer/docs/posters2011webversionnov22

Grayson-Holt, Marquita, Rachel Hayden, Christopher M. Wales, John D. Sedlacek, Karen L. Friley, Kirk Pomper, and Jeremy Lowe. 2011. Stink Bug Species Associated with Organic Blackberry Production in Central Kentucky. Posters at the Capitol Abstract Book pg. 48. http://issuu.com/jodycofer/docs/posters2011webversionnov22

Wales, Christopher M., Marquita Grayson-Holt, Rachel Hayden, John D. Sedlacek, Karen L. Friley, Kirk Pomper, and Jeremy Lowe. 2011. Timing of Primocane Mowing Influences Flowering and Ripening Time in Primocane Fruiting Blackberry Selections in Central Kentucky. Posters at the Capitol Abstract Book pg. 79. http://issuu.com/jodycofer/docs/posters2011webversionnov22

Pomper, Kirk W., Sheri B. Crabtree, and Jeremiah D. Lowe. 2010. Budding Success and Vigor of Two Cultivars and Eight Kentucky State University Advanced Selections of Pawpaw. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):104

Pomper, Kirk, Sheri Crabtree, and Jeremiah Lowe. 2010. Searching for the Next Pawpaw Cultivar: An Update on Germplasm Screening at Kentucky State University. HortScience 45:S260.

Crabtree, Sheri B., Kirk W. Pomper, Kesi Neblett, and Sierra Skaggs. 2010. Leaf Stomatal Density Variation in Eleven Pawpaw Cultivars. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):103.

Bell, Branden, Jeremiah D. Lowe, Kirk W. Pomper, and Sheri B. Crabtree. 2010. Identification of High Annonaceous Acetogenin Activity in Ripe Fruit Pulp of Advanced Selections of Pawpaw. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):103.

Botkins, Jacob B., Jeremiah D. Lowe, Kirk W. Pomper, Li Lu, and Sheri B. Crabtree. 2010. Genetic Diversity and Geographic Differentiation in Pawpaw [Asimina triloba (L.) Dunal] Populations from Six States as Revealed by SSR Markers. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):104

Lowe, Jeremiah D., Kirk W. Pomper, Sheri B. Crabtree, John R. Clark, and John G. Strang. 2010. Competition Between Weeds and Primocane Fruiting Blackberries from the University of Arkansas Breeding Program Grown Under Organic Production in Kentucky. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):104

Friley, Karen L., John D. Sedlacek, Kirk W. Pomper, Jeremiah D. Lowe, Sheri B. Crabtree, and Michael K. Bomford. 2010. Timing of Primocane Mowing Influences Flowering and Ripening Time in Primocane Fruiting Blackberry Selections in Kentucky. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):105

Grayson-Holt, Marquita L., John D. Sedlacek, Karen L. Friley, Kirk W. Pomper, Jeremiah D. Lowe, Michael K. Bomford, Christopher M. Wales, Rachel S. Hayden, and Sheri B. Crabtree. 2010. Stink Bug Species Associated with Organic Blackberry Production in Kentucky. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):105

Huang, Lingyu, Changzheng Wang, Cecil Butler, Jeremiah D. Lowe, and Kirk W. Pomper. 2010. Antioxidant Activity of Primocane Fruiting Blackberries Grown in Kentucky. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):109

Lu, Li, Kirk W. Pomper, and Karan Kaul. 2010. Educational Opportunities in Biotechnology and Other STEM Areas at Kentucky State University. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):110

Banda, Yankuba, Jeremiah D. Lowe, Kirk W. Pomper, Li Lu, and Sheri B. Crabtree. 2010. Genetic Diversity in Five Kentucky Pawpaw Populations Using SSR Markers. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):103.

Lowe, Jeremiah, Kirk Pomper, and Sheri Crabtree. 2010. Yield Characteristics from 2006 to 2009 for Primocane-fruiting Blackberries from the University of Arkansas Breeding Program Grown in Kentucky. HortScience 45:S260.

Lu, Li, Kirk Pomper, Jeremiah Lowe, and Sheri Crabtree. 2010. Using SSR Markers to Enhance Genetic Variation in the Development of Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) Cultivars. HortScience 45:S260-261.

Crabtree, Sheri, Kirk Pomper, and Jeremiah Lowe. 2010. Seedling Rootstock Recommendations for Pawpaw (Asimina triloba). HortScience 45:S259.

Kobayashi, Hideka, Kirk William Pomper, and Changzheng Wang. 2010. Phenolic Rich Pawpaw Extract Fraction Is Cytotoxic to Carcinomic Human Alveolar Basal Epithelial Cell Line A549. HortScience 45:S291.

Extension Presentations (2010-2012)

Kirk Pomper* Gave presentations concerning pawpaw and organic production at the Kentucky State University Agriculture, Food, and Environment Day on April 24, 2012. Approximately 340 people attended the field day.

Dr. Kirk Pomper, Principal Investigator of Horticulture in the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources in the College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems, made a presentation entitled “Perennials for Mountain Farms - Overview of shrubs, trees, canes, and other plants that can be grown in "stacked systems" and provide high-value produce ” at The Floyd County Chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and M.A.C.E.D. (Mountain Association for Community and Economic Development) April 14th at the Jenny Wiley Convention Center in Prestonsburg, KY.. Approximately 50 people attended the presentation

Pomper, Kirk W. 2012. Pawpaw: The Native Fruit of the Appalachian Forest. (OP) Workshop on Managing Woodlands for Specialty Forest Products. Jackson, Kentucky. March 9, 2012.

Dr. Kirk Pomper, Principal Investigator of Horticulture in the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources in the College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems, made a presentation entitled “Pawpaw: The Native Fruit of the Appalachian Forest” on March 9th at a workshop entitled Managing Woodlands for Specialty Forest Products in the city of Jackson in eastern Kentucky. Approximately 60 people attended the presentation

Pomper, Kirk W. 2012. “Tales From the Pawpaw Patch: Production Practices and Current Research in Kentucky (OP).” Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Niagara Falls, Ontario on February 23, 2012.

Pomper, Kirk W. 2012. Organic Pawpaw Production (OP). Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Growers Meeting, Lexington, KY, January 9-10, 2012. 

Pomper*, Kirk W., Acetogenin Update (OP). Third International Pawpaw Conference, September 9-10, 2011.

Pomper*, Kirk W., Sheri B. Crabtree, and Jeremiah D. Lowe. The Kentucky State University Pawpaw Program: Finding the Next Pawpaw Cultivar (OP). Third International Pawpaw Conference, September 9-10, 2011.

Kirk Pomper, Sheri Crabtree, and Jeremy Lowe planned, implemented, and gave presentations at the Third International Pawpaw Conference, held at Kentucky State University on September 4-5, 2011, and attended by 106 people, including preparing and serving a 4-course Pawpaw Extravaganza Dinner. Many KSU faculty and staff gave presentations or assisted at the Conference including: Dr. Mary Evans Sias, Dr. Teferi Tsegaye, Dr. Kimberly Holmes, Dr. Kirk Pomper, Ms. Susan Templeton, Ms. Gae Broadwater, Ms. Sheri Crabtree, Mr. Jeremy Lowe, Ms. Re’Gie Smith, Mr. Jacob Botkins, Mr. Brandon May, Ms. Karen Friley, Dr. Hideka Kobayashi, Dr. Avinash Tope, Dr. John Sedlacek, Mr. Eddie Reed , Mr. Steve Skelton, Mr. Jon Cambron, Dr. Michael Bomford, Mr. Trent Ripley, Ms. Phyllis Rogers, Dr. Marion Simon, Mr. Louie Rivers, Mr. Edwin Chavous, Ms. Geraldine Brown, Dr. James Tidwell, Mr. Shawn Coyle, Mr. Charles Weibel, Mr. Dennis Thomas, and Mr. Joseph Allen.

At the Third International Pawpaw Conference, held at Kentucky State University on September 4-5, 2011, a workshop on “Advances in Pawpaw Processing: Presentations and Roundtable” was held at the Conference and included talks of pawpaw processing from Dr. Patrick O’Malley, Iowa State University Extension Service, Ms. Sheri Crabtree, KSU, and Dr. Ron Powell, Ohio Pawpaw Growers Association

Kirk Pomper was interviewed by radio host Mike Feldhaus on the Kentucky Farm Bureau Across Kentucky radio program on August 26, 2011.

Kirk W. Pomper* and Jeremy Lowe* (OP). Tours of the Pawpaw and Pecan Trials in Princeton, KY at the Princeton Field day on July 21, 2011. They gave presentations on how to grow pawpaw and nut trees successfully to approximately 75 people attending the Field Day.

Dr. Kirk Pomper, Principal Investigator of Horticulture, and Mr. Jeremy Lowe, Co-Investigator of Horticulture, led tours of the joint KSU-UK Regional Pawpaw Trial and a regional Pecan Trial in Princeton, KY at the Princeton Field day on July 21, 2011. They gave presentations on how to grow pawpaw and nut trees successfully to about 75 people attending the Field Day.

Kirk Pomper wrote, edited, and distributed the Quarterly Kentucky Nut Growers’ Association newsletter.

Scientific Presentations (2010-2012)

Botkins, Jacob*, Kirk W. Pomper, Jeremiah D. Lowe, and Sheri B. Crabtree. Pawpaw Patch Genetic Diversity and Clonality and its Impact on the Establishment of Invasive Species in the Forest Understory. (OP) Kentucky State University. Capstone Thesis Defense on April 26, 2012.

Ms. Sheri Crabtree made a presentation at the Kentucky State Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show entitled “The Horticulture Council Supported Blackberry and Raspberry Trial” on January 6th, 2012, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Smith, Re’Gie*, Kirk W. Pomper, Jeremiah D. Lowe, Jacob Botkins, and Sheri B. Crabtree. Genetic Diversity in Kentucky Spicebush Populations using Simple Sequence Repeat Markers (OP) Capstone Defense Seminar. December 9, 2011.

Bell*, Branden, K.W. Pomper, J.D. Lowe, and S.B. Crabtree. (OP). Identification of High Annonaceous Acetogenin Activity in Ripe Fruit Pulp of Advanced Selections of Pawpaw. Senior Seminar. KSU Campus. December 2, 2011.

Pomper, K.W.*, S.B. Crabtree, and J.D. Lowe. An Update on the KSU Pawpaw Breeding Program. (OP) At Kentucky Academy of Science Meeting, Murray State University, Murray, KY, November 5, 2011.

Botkins, Jacob*, Kirk W. Pomper, Jeremiah D. Lowe, and Sheri B. Crabtree. Pawpaw Patch Genetic Diversity and Clonality and its Impact on the Establishment of Invasive Species in the Forest Understory. (OP) At Kentucky Academy of Science Meeting, Murray State University, Murray, KY, November 5, 2011.

Crabtree, S.B.*, K.W. Pomper, and J.D. Lowe. Kentucky State University Pawpaw Processing: An Update. (OP) At Kentucky Academy of Science Meeting, Murray State University, Murray, KY, November 5, 2011

Friley, K.L.*, J.D. Sedlacek, K.W. Pomper, J.D. Lowe, M.K. Bomford, S.B. Crabtree, M.L. Grayson-Holt, and C.M. Wales. Will Mowing of Primocane-Fruiting Blackberries Affect Fruit Ripening? (OP) At Kentucky Academy of Science Meeting, Murray State University, Murray, KY, November 5, 2011.

Lowe, J.D.*, K.W. Pomper, S.B. Crabtree, J.R. Clark, and J.G. Strang. Prime-Ark 45 and Prime-Jan Primocane Fruiting Blackberry Production Grown Under Organic Culture in Kentucky. (OP) At Kentucky Academy of Science Meeting, Murray State University, Murray, KY, November 5, 2011.

May, * Brandon, Kirk Pomper, Michael Bomford, Jon Cambron, and Anthony Silvernail. 2011. Ethanol Production Potential from Pawpaw Fruit Agricultural Waste. (P) At Kentucky Academy of Science Meeting, Murray State University, Murray, KY, November 5, 2011.

Smith, Re’Gie*, Kirk W. Pomper, Jeremiah D. Lowe, Jacob Botkins, and Sheri B. Crabtree. Genetic Diversity in Kentucky Spicebush Populations using Simple Sequence Repeat Markers (OP) At Kentucky Academy of Science Meeting, Murray State University, Murray, KY, November 5, 2011.

Pomper, K.W.*, L. Lu, J.D. Lowe, and S.B. Crabtree. Enhancing Genetic Variation In Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) Cultivars Using Microsatellite Analysis (OP). American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Meeting, September 25-28, 2011.

Crabtree, S.B.*, K.W. Pomper, and J.D. Lowe. Yield Characteristics of the New North American Pawpaw Cultivar Release ‘KSU-Atwood' Compared to Two Common Commercially Available Cultivars (OP). American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Meeting, September 25-28, 2011.

Lowe, J.D.*, K.W. Pomper, L. Lu, and S.B. Crabtree. Using SSR Markers to Determine Genetic Diversity In Six Pawpaw [Asimina triloba (L.) Dunal] Populations From Five States (PP). American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Meeting, September 25-28, 2011.

Lowe, J.D.*, K.W. Pomper, R. Smith, J. Botkins, and S.B. Crabtree. Evaluation of Genetic Diversity In Kentucky Spicebush (Lindera benzoin L.) Populations Using Molecular Markers (OP). American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Meeting, September 25-28, 2011.

Pomper, K. W., S. B. Crabtree, and J. D. Lowe. 2011. The Kentucky State University Pawpaw Program: Finding the Next Great Pawpaw Cultivar. Association of Research Directors, Inc. 16th Biennial Research Symposium Abstract Book, pg. 155

Crabtree, S. B., K. W. Pomper, K. Neblett, and S. Skaggs. 2011. Leaf Morphology and Stomatal Density Varies by Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) Variety. Association of Research Directors, Inc. 16th Biennial Research Symposium Abstract Book, pg. 180

Lowe, J. D., K. W. Pomper, J. D. Sedlacek, K. L. Friley, and S. B. Crabtree. 2011. The Pawpaw Peduncle Borer (Talponia plummeriana): A Pest of the North American Pawpaw (Asimina triloba). Association of Research Directors, Inc. 16th Biennial Research Symposium Abstract Book, pg. 184

Banda, Y., J. D. Lowe, K. W. Pomper, L. Lu, and S. B. Crabtree. 2011. Genetic Diversity in Kentucky Pawpaw Populations Using DNA Markers. Association of Research Directors, Inc. 16th Biennial Research Symposium Abstract Book, pg. 131.

Botkins, J. B., J. D. Lowe, K. W. Pomper, L. Lu, and S. B. Crabtree. 2011. Genetic Diversity and Geographic Differentiation in Pawpaw Populations from Six States as Revealed by DNA Markers. Association of Research Directors, Inc. 16th Biennial Research Symposium Abstract Book, pg. 139

Friley, K. L., J. D. Sedlacek, K. W. Pomper, J. D. Lowe, S. B. Crabtree, and M. K. Bomford. 2011. Timing of Primocane Mowing Influences Flowering and Ripening Time in Primocane Fruiting Blackberry Selections in Kentucky. Association of Research Directors, Inc. 16th Biennial Research Symposium Abstract Book, pg. 149

Grayson-Holt, M. L., J. D. Sedlacek, K. L. Friley, K. W. Pomper, J. D. Lowe, M. K. Bomford, C. M. Wales, and R. S. Hayden. 2011. Stink Bug Species Associated with Organic Blackberry Production in Central Kentucky. Association of Research Directors, Inc. 16th Biennial Research Symposium Abstract Book, pg. 166

Kobayashi, H., C. Wang, and K. W. Pomper. 2011. Antioxidant Capacity and Anticancer Property of Pawpaw (Asimina triloba). Association of Research Directors, Inc. 16th Biennial Research Symposium Abstract Book, pg. 223

Lu, L., K. W. Pomper, and K. Kaul. 2011. Implementation of Educational Opportunities Focused on Biotechnology and Related STEM Areas at Kentucky State University. Association of Research Directors, Inc. 16th Biennial Research Symposium Abstract Book, pg. 211

Bell, Branden, Jeremiah D. Lowe, Kirk W. Pomper, and Sheri B. Crabtree. 2001. Evaluation of Annonaceous Acetogenin Activity in Ripe Fruit Pulp of Advanced Selections of Pawpaw. Posters at the Capitol Abstract Book pg. 26. http://issuu.com/jodycofer/docs/posters2011webversionnov22

Grayson-Holt, Marquita, Rachel Hayden, Christopher M. Wales, John D. Sedlacek, Karen L. Friley, Kirk Pomper, and Jeremy Lowe. 2011. Stink Bug Species Associated with Organic Blackberry Production in Central Kentucky. Posters at the Capitol Abstract Book pg. 48. http://issuu.com/jodycofer/docs/posters2011webversionnov22

Wales, Christopher M., Marquita Grayson-Holt, Rachel Hayden, John D. Sedlacek, Karen L. Friley, Kirk Pomper, and Jeremy Lowe. 2011. Timing of Primocane Mowing Influences Flowering and Ripening Time in Primocane Fruiting Blackberry Selections in Central Kentucky. Posters at the Capitol Abstract Book pg. 79. http://issuu.com/jodycofer/docs/posters2011webversionnov22

Pomper, Kirk W., Sheri B. Crabtree, and Jeremiah D. Lowe. 2010. Budding Success and Vigor of Two Cultivars and Eight Kentucky State University Advanced Selections of Pawpaw. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):104

Pomper, Kirk, Sheri Crabtree, and Jeremiah Lowe. 2010. Searching for the Next Pawpaw Cultivar: An Update on Germplasm Screening at Kentucky State University. HortScience 45:S260.

Crabtree, Sheri B., Kirk W. Pomper, Kesi Neblett, and Sierra Skaggs. 2010. Leaf Stomatal Density Variation in Eleven Pawpaw Cultivars. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):103.

Bell, Branden, Jeremiah D. Lowe, Kirk W. Pomper, and Sheri B. Crabtree. 2010. Identification of High Annonaceous Acetogenin Activity in Ripe Fruit Pulp of Advanced Selections of Pawpaw. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):103.

Botkins, Jacob B., Jeremiah D. Lowe, Kirk W. Pomper, Li Lu, and Sheri B. Crabtree. 2010. Genetic Diversity and Geographic Differentiation in Pawpaw [Asimina triloba (L.) Dunal] Populations from Six States as Revealed by SSR Markers. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):104

Lowe, Jeremiah D., Kirk W. Pomper, Sheri B. Crabtree, John R. Clark, and John G. Strang. 2010. Competition Between Weeds and Primocane Fruiting Blackberries from the University of Arkansas Breeding Program Grown Under Organic Production in Kentucky. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):104

Friley, Karen L., John D. Sedlacek, Kirk W. Pomper, Jeremiah D. Lowe, Sheri B. Crabtree, and Michael K. Bomford. 2010. Timing of Primocane Mowing Influences Flowering and Ripening Time in Primocane Fruiting Blackberry Selections in Kentucky. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):105

Grayson-Holt, Marquita L., John D. Sedlacek, Karen L. Friley, Kirk W. Pomper, Jeremiah D. Lowe, Michael K. Bomford, Christopher M. Wales, Rachel S. Hayden, and Sheri B. Crabtree. 2010. Stink Bug Species Associated with Organic Blackberry Production in Kentucky. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):105

Huang, Lingyu, Changzheng Wang, Cecil Butler, Jeremiah D. Lowe, and Kirk W. Pomper. 2010. Antioxidant Activity of Primocane Fruiting Blackberries Grown in Kentucky. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):109

Lu, Li, Kirk W. Pomper, and Karan Kaul. 2010. Educational Opportunities in Biotechnology and Other STEM Areas at Kentucky State University. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):110

Banda, Yankuba, Jeremiah D. Lowe, Kirk W. Pomper, Li Lu, and Sheri B. Crabtree. 2010. Genetic Diversity in Five Kentucky Pawpaw Populations Using SSR Markers. J. Ky. Acad. Sci. 71(1–2):103.

Lowe, Jeremiah, Kirk Pomper, and Sheri Crabtree. 2010. Yield Characteristics from 2006 to 2009 for Primocane-fruiting Blackberries from the University of Arkansas Breeding Program Grown in Kentucky. HortScience 45:S260.

Lu, Li, Kirk Pomper, Jeremiah Lowe, and Sheri Crabtree. 2010. Using SSR Markers to Enhance Genetic Variation in the Development of Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) Cultivars. HortScience 45:S260-261.

Crabtree, Sheri, Kirk Pomper, and Jeremiah Lowe. 2010. Seedling Rootstock Recommendations for Pawpaw (Asimina triloba). HortScience 45:S259.

Kobayashi, Hideka, Kirk William Pomper, and Changzheng Wang. 2010. Phenolic Rich Pawpaw Extract Fraction Is Cytotoxic to Carcinomic Human Alveolar Basal Epithelial Cell Line A549. HortScience 45:S291.

Popular Press

The release of the new pawpaw variety KSU-AtwoodTM was the featured in a story in the State Journal on July 20, 2010 entitled Reaching For The Right Pawpaw by Katheran Wasson. http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/4862554.

The Editorial Column was entitled “Pawpaw Possibilities” on July 22, 2011 and discussed the potential of pawpaw and its future in relation to the KSU pawpaw program. The column can be found at: http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/4863815

Professional Societies

American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)
Kentucky Academy of Science
Kentucky Nut Growers Association
Northern Nut Growers Association
North American Fruit Explorers
PawPaw Foundation
Southern Region-ASHS

Professional Service

Editor/publisher of the Kentucky Nut Growers Association quarterly newsletter in July to over 200 members.

President of the American Pomlogical Society (2012-present)

Vice President of the American Pomlogical Society (2009-2012)

Secretary of the American Pomological Society (2004-2009).

President: The PawPaw Foundation, a non-profit organization (1999-2008).

Member: Board of Directors, The PawPaw Foundation (1998 -Present).

President of the Kentucky Nut Growers Association. I am involved in the promotion of the industry and assist in information exchange about nut and pawpaw growing in the state of Kentucky (2004 to 2007).

Member: Wilder Medal Committee, American Pomological Society (1999-2006).

ASHS Pomology Working Group: Chair-elect (2004) and Chair (2005).

Elected the 2002 Chair of the Graduate Activities Committee of ASHS.

Associate Editor of 2nd International Pawpaw Conference Proceedings to be published in HortTechnology (2001-2003).

Chair: Agricultural Sciences Section, Kentucky Academy of Science (1999-2000); Secretary (1998).

Occasional Reviewer: Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, HortScience, HortTechnology.

Attended or presented papers at annual meetings of the American Society for Horticultural Science in 1986 through 2006.

Support Staff

Ms. Sheri Crabtree, Co-Investigator of Horticulture
Mr. Jeremy Lowe, Co-Investigator of Horticulture

Send email to Dr. Pomper at: kirk.pomper@kysu.edu

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