- Author: Mary E. Reed
The February 25 and 26, 2010 Fruit Ripening & Ethylene Management workshop at the University of California’s Kearney Agricultural Center in Parlier, California still has a few spaces open. The workshop focuses on how to increase profits by delivering ready-to-eat, delicious fruits and fruit-vegetables to the consumer and is intended for shippers and handlers involved in ripening. The two-day workshop is open for registration at http://postharvest.ucdavis.edu/Announce/fruitripening.shtml.
Carlos Crisosto, faculty director of the course, has over 20 years of experience as an extension specialist, with expertise in the postharvest biology and technology of fresh fruits. “This year, because the course has many central California grower-shipper attendees, breakout sessions will be especially current and dynamic,” said Carlos. “We have people who have been involved in the fruit and vegetable industry for many years attending this course because of the earlier timeframe—I am looking forward to the hands-on dialogue and sharing of commodity-specific techniques during our various sessions.”
Topics will include retail ripening programs; maturity, ripening and quality relationships; biology of ethylene production and action; ripening facilities and equipment; temperature management; maturity; ethylene treatments, inhibition and control; packaging; problem diagnosis and the future of ripening. Based on its success last year, we will again have breakout demonstrations by topic. Participants will form small groups by interest, and design and present ripening programs for discussion and evaluation.
Attendees may register for this and other upcoming educational outreach activities sponsored by the Postharvest Technology Research & Information Center via their website at http://postharvest.ucdavis.edu or by contacting Ms. Pam Devine, registration coordinator, at (530) 754-4326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.