- Author: Christine Huang
- Editor: Mary E. Reed
Recently, at the UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center, we hosted our 36th annual Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops Short Course from June 16th-27th, 2014. The full course is comprised of a two-week intensive study of the biology of horticultural crops as well as an introduction and study of the most advanced technologies in fruit, nut, vegetable, and ornamental handling in California.
Some of the many topics included maturity and maturity indices, safety factors, harvesting systems, storage, the use of ethylene, and much more. Participants spent the first week in in-depth lectures, discussions, and demonstration sessions presented by our Postharvest Specialists.
Additionally, on Tuesday...
- Author: Mary E. Reed
With nearly 50 participants representing a broad cross-section of the produce industry, and 13 instructors from both academia and industry, the March 25-26, 2014 Fruit Ripening & Retail Handling Workshop offered many opportunities for dynamic and interactive educational learning. Ripening of featured produce items included the “Art of Ripening Bananas”, avocados, stone fruit, kiwifruit, mangoes and papayas, tomatoes, melons, and degreening of citrus. Overarching topics such as ethylene management, temperature management, ripening facilities, cold storage damage, flavor and aroma, and emerging ripening technologies were also discussed.
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- Author: Mary E. Reed
We are pleased to announce that Chiamaka Nwammadu has been selected as the top applicant who met the stated goals of the 2014 Postharvst Technology Short Course scholarship. Ms. Nwammadu is a M. Sc. student at the Federal University of Technology in Owerri, Nigeria.
The goal of the scholarship opportunity, funded primarily by a trust created by Leonard and Marseille Morris, is to provide an individual from a developing country the opportunity to learn about managing the postharvest handling of horticultural crops with an intent to take that information back to their home country and utilize it to benefit others in their region.
The UC Cooperative Extension Specialists who reviewed the applications had...
The Methods of Measuring Fruit & Vegetable Flavor, Color & Texture Workshop, held on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014, primarily focused on the principles and applications of measuring produce color, flavor, and texture. The information largely targeted industries working in fresh produce and processed fruits and vegetables. The day began with detailed lectures on the principles of measuring color by Dr. David Slaughter, the principles of measuring flavor by Dr. Florence Zakharov, and the principles of measuring texture by Dr. Slaughter. Participants described these lectures as “technically excellent” and “informative”, having a “good balance between pertinent theory and application...
- Author: Elizabeth Jeanne Mitcham
As the world’s population continues to grow, think tanks around the world are realizing that many more mouths could be fed with a minimal expenditure of additional resources by simply reducing postharvest losses, currently estimated in both first and third world settings to be 33%.
It is rewarding to see development experts and policy makers recognizing the importance of striving for improved postharvest practices. You will find many reports on our website that describe postharvest losses and recommend approaches to reduce this loss. The Postharvest Technology Center will play an active role in furthering this dialogue and expanding the knowledge base.