- Posted By: Mary E. Reed
- Written by: Carlos H. Crisosto
We just finished our two-week Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops short course which includes five days of lectures, discussions and demonstrations, and a five-day field trip to major production areas of California. A new group of 90 students received their certificate and joined the approximately 2,560 who previously graduated from this postharvest course. We greatly enjoyed the discussion of the different topics among students and teachers. As we have participants from all over the world and working at different steps in the postharvest handling chain, this enriches the depth of the experience exchange.
We are blessed that we still have 15 instructors from the University of California Davis, and two postharvest faculty from UC Riverside (Adaskaveg and Arpaia) as well as industry and regulatory representatives actively participating in our Postharvest Technology Short Course and other outreach-education programs such as our Fruit Ripening & Ethylene Management, and Fresh-cut Products: Maintaining Quality & Safety Workshops.
As our members are experts on their assigned commodities and areas of expertise, and work closely with the industry (growers, shippers, marketers, carriers, distributors, retailers, processors, and consumers of fresh horticultural crops), developing active research programs, and training students/visitors, they provide an exceptional depth and expertise in a wide spectrum of postharvest topics. This unique group supporting our outreach-educational program activities allows us to keep adding new and/or updating existing courses. This is very important as new postharvest technology, problems, solutions and opportunities arise.
Finally, we invite you to surf and enjoy our freshly updated website, and utilize the wealth of postharvest information available. Please feel free to contact us if you should have any suggestions for future improvements.
–Carlos H. Crisosto, PTC Associate Director