- 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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It takes a lot of knowledge and training to successfully handle produce from farm to plate. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a mechanism that helped produce industry employers recognize qualified applicants and helped applicants validate their postharvest qualifications?
Now there is, thanks to the UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center’s new Produce Professional Certificate Program, the first of its kind in the world. Led by a cadre of the most respected experts in postharvest technology, the certificate program covers everything from safety, new technologies, physiology, harvesting, cooling, transportation, ripening, marketing fresh produce and more.
Participants view a lettuce field-packing...
- Editor: Mary E. Reed
- Author: Mary Lu Arpaia
When you were going to school, was there any single course, or professor, who helped you more clearly define, or even played a role in changing, your goals for the future?
Two events greatly influenced where I am today.
First, after graduating from UC Berkeley (UCB) with a Botany degree I went to Sierra Leone, West Africa to visit my then boyfriend (later husband for 23 years), and ended up teaching secondary school there. I was thinking about going to graduate school in ecology. While in Sierra Leone, a professor from Rutgers (B. L. Pollack) came to give training to the agricultural Peace Corp volunteers, which I attended even though I was not a volunteer. I spoke to him about my...
- Author: Pam Devine
Postharvest technology. Hmmm. What does that even mean to you? Like most people, you’ve probably never thought about it, but it actually affects you every day. At least whenever you eat fruits and vegetables, and let’s face it, we all need to be eating more fruits and vegetables.
Working at the Postharvest Technology Center, I often think about how to spread our mission of how to reduce postharvest losses and improve the quality, safety and marketability of fresh horticultural products. Part of doing this is educating consumers about making good choices so they have a better experience eating fruits and vegetables. And, if consumers have a better experience with fruits and vegetables, we eat more of them....
- Author: Mary E. Reed
On June 25, the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, presented an award for Excellent Contribution to Global Postharvest Horticulture to University of California, Davis Professor Emeritus Dr. Adel Kader. The award was presented at the 7th International Postharvest Symposium at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur. This was a very well-attended event, with more than 600 people in attendance who responded to the award with rousing approval.
Recently, the Malaysian government has targeted a 40 percent increase in agricultural productivity by 2020, and one of the key components of this goal is to significantly decrease their current 30-40 percent rate of...