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Desmond R. Layne

Professor of Pomology
Director of Agricultural and Food Systems and Integrated Plant Sciences degree programs

(WSU faculty member since 2013)

Desmond Layne

Contact Info

Office: Johnson Hall 137B
Pullman, WA 99164-6414
Phone: 509.335.6647
FAX: 509.335.8690

Areas of Interest

  • Germplasm evaluation and new cultivar development
  • Orchard systems management
  • Innovative tools for extension outreach
  • International training programs for fruit growers

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Horticulture (pomology emphasis), Michigan State University
  • M.S., Horticulture (pomology emphasis), Michigan State University
  • B.Sc., Agriculture (horticulture major), University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Work Experience

  • 1997-2012: Professor of Pomology, State Fruit Specialist and State Extension Program Team Leader (Horticulture), Clemson University, Clemson, SC
  • 1993-1997: Principal Investigator of Horticulture, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY
  • 1992-1993: Research Plant Physiologist, USDA Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Rhinelander, WI

Selected Honors, Awards, and Invitations

  • 2013 – Recognized “with appreciation for loyal and faithful service” by the Board of Trustees on the commemorative scroll of honor at Clemson University with the official title “Professor Emeritus of Pomology”, May 9, 2013.
  • 2013 – Recognized “for outstanding contributions to the peach industry by the members of the South Carolina Peach Council and awarded the title of Mr. Peach” at the Southeastern Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference in Savannah, GA., January 12, 2013.
  • 2013 – Invited Speaker and Scientific Committee – VIII I.S.H.S. International Peach Symposium (June 17-20, 2013) in Matera, Italy.
  • 2012 – Invited Speaker – XXII Congresso Brasileiro de Fruticultura (Brazilian Congress of Fruit Crops), Bento Goncalves City, Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil, October 22, 2012.
  • 2012 – International Trainer – I taught two, two-week, intensive training programs on peach orchard management and business for peach farmers for the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program in the Republic of Georgia.
  • 2011 – National Award – Received the Extension Division Educational Materials Award, Best Website, from the American Society for Horticultural Science for my “Everything About Peaches” Clemson website.
  • 2009 – Invited Speaker – International Training Course on Key Practical Technologies of Modern Peach Industry, Shanghai, P.R. China.
  • 2008 – National Award – Recipient of the Outstanding Extension Educator career award for the American Society for Horticultural Science that “recognizes an educator who has made an outstanding and valuable contribution to horticultural science extension education for a period of 10 or more years.”

Selected Publications

Layne, D.R. 2014. RosBREED2: Disease resistance plus horticultural quality is the goal.  American/Western Fruit Grower 134(10):18-19.

Layne, D.R.  2014.  Washington State University to create tree fruit “one-stop-shop”.  American/Western Fruit Grower 134(7):30-31.

Layne, D.R. 2014. Breeding for disease resistance is a difficult but worthy task. The American/Western Fruit Grower magazine, 134(5):54-55. 

Layne, D.R. 2014. Extension is 100 years old and counting: With additional funding and new faculty, WSU extension is not resting on its laurels. Good Fruit Grower magazine. March 1 issue, p. 16-17.

Layne, D.R. 2014. The power of partnering. The American Fruit Grower 134(3):62-63.

Layne, D.R. 2013. Protecting your investment.  The American/Western Fruit Grower 133(9):52-53. (September/October issue).

Layne, D.R., Z. Wang and L. Niu. 2013. Protected cultivation of peach and nectarine in China – Industry observations and assessments.  J. Amer. Pom. Sci. 67(1):18-28.

Layne, D.R. 2013. The test block – great for new cultivars or systemsThe American Fruit Grower 133(7):36-37. (July issue)

Layne, D.R.  2013Keep your customers coming back for more. The American Fruit Grower 133(5):50-51. (May issue)

Sparks, B., J. Frecon, and D.R. Layne. 2012. Mr. Peach and The Peach Doctor – two respected peach veterans weigh in on varieties, how to increase consumption and more. The American Fruit Grower magazine 132(7): cover and p. 8-11.

Layne, D.R. and D. Bassi (eds). 2008. The Peach: Botany, Production and Uses. 2008. CAB International Press, Wallingford, U.K. 615 pp.