Dr. Ned Edwards
- Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1970
- Major: Agricultural Plant and Soil Science
- Minor: Botany and Animal Science
- M.S., Mississippi State University,1966
- Major: Agronomy
- Minor: Botany
- B.S., Mississippi State University, 1964
- Major: Agricultural Education
- Horticulturist at the USDA/ARS Small Fruits Research Station, Poplarville, MS, 2002 to Present
- Superintendent and Agronomist at the South Mississippi Experiment Station, Poplarville, MS, 1989 to 2002
- Agronomist at the Brown Loam Experiment Station, Raymond, MS,1970 to 1989
Selected cultivars of Oriental persimmons were planted in 2003 to evaluate these plants for plant growth characters, fruit yield, fruit quality, disease and insect resistance. Cultivars selected included astringent and non-astringent types.
Selected cultivars of Asian and Oriental hybrid pears were planted in 2003 for evaluation of disease resistance, fruit quality and fruit yield. Several locally adapted cultivars which are not available in the nursery trade were grafted and were added to the evaluation in 2004. These locally adapted lines have never been compared to known cultivars.
Thirty-five lines of tung are being maintained for future breeding efforts. These include all of the commonly grown cultivars and a large collection of late blooming breeding lines that should be valuable when breeding program is started.