Researcher awarded for work with pawpaw

By Peter Kent

Dr. Desmond LayneClemson University fruit tree expert Desmond Layne received the 2008 Shepard Award for the best research paper of the year published in the Journal of the American Pomological Society.

He shares the award with colleagues at Kentucky State University in Frankfort for their research paper on pawpaw regional variety trial. “Prior to coming to Clemson, I led the research Kentucky program to develop the native-American fruit, pawpaw, as a new niche fruit crop for farmers trying to find horticultural alternatives to growing tobacco,” said Layne.

“Dr. Layne’s expertise has helped state fruit-tree growers prosper, offering greater variety to consumers,” said Ted Whitwell, associate dean in Clemson's College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences. “His extension program emphasizing the culture and use of pawpaw has been featured on National Public Radio’s ‘All Things Considered’ and on ABC’s ‘World News Tonight.’”


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