Kirk W. Pomper

Adjunct Associate Professor

Kentucky State University
Atwood Research Facility
Frankfort, KY 40601

(502) 597-5942

I am a Tree Fruit Physiologist and Molecular Genetist. We are interested in developing high-value horticultural crops for limited-resource farmers in Kentucky and the United States. The major project of the horticultural program is the development of the native American tree fruit pawpaw as a commercial crop. Additional crops are also being investigated for their potential as high-value crops for Kentucky.

Current research efforts at KYSU, in cooperation with the Pawpaw Foundation, have been directed at variety trials, cultural recommendations, clonal propagation, and germplasm collection. This pawpaw information web site has been developed as a medium for the delivery of new information concerning orchard culture and available genetic resources.