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Postharvest Technology Research & Info Center (PTric)

Summary Through the research and extension programs of 12 Extension Specialists, the Postharvest Workgroup provides relevant postharvest recommendations to growers, shippers, marketers, carriers, distributors, retailers, processors, and consumers of fresh horticultural crops. This information is distributed via the Web site, short courses and workshops, publications, industry meetings, newsletters, consultations, and industry liaisons.
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Membership List
AES Scientist
Beckles, Diane Department of Plant Sciences
  Associate Professor Genetic and biochemical mechanisms controlling carbon allocation in crop plants
Inoue, Kentaro Department of Plant Sciences
  Assistant Professor Plastid biogenesis - protein import, isoprenoid metabolism
Labavitch, John Department of Plant Sciences
  Professor   Pomologist-AES Developmental and regulatory biology postharvest biology of fruits - emphasis on cell wall polysaccharide metabolism and biochemistry of plant-pathogen and plant-insect interactions
Saltveit, Mikal Department of Plant Sciences
  Professor   Plant Physiologist-AES Postharvest physiology, physiological response to the abiotic stresses of chilling, physical injury, and altering gaseous atmosphere; effects of stress on ripening, senescence, ethylene metabolism and phenolic metabolism
CE Advisor
Day, Kevin Tulare County
  County Director and Pomology Advisor Fresh-shipping deciduous tree fruits. Cultural practices and production, fruit growth and development, pruning and training systems
Grant, Joseph San Joaquin County
  Farm Advisor walnuts, cherries, olives, miscellaneous fruits; fruit crops, integrated pest management
CE Specialist
Arpaia, Mary Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
  CE Subtropical Horticulturist Evaluation of preharvest and postharvest factor on subtropical crop productivity and fruit quality, including rootstock, cultivar, irrigation, pesticide and nutrition management strategies
Barrett, Diane Food Science & Technology
  CE Specialist Fruit and vegetable quality as affected by handling, storage, and processing conditions; role of enzymes in flavor, texture, and color
Bruhn, Christine Food Science & Technology
  Director   CE Food Marketing Specialist   Center for Consumer Research Research and education focused on consumer attitudes toward food safety, quality, and wholesomeness, food labels, and new production and processing technologies
Cantwell, Marita Department of Plant Sciences
  CE Vegetable Specialist Postharvest physiology, handling, and storage of vegetables, including specialty and fresh cut vegetables.
Cook, Roberta Agricultural & Resource Economics
  Specialist in Cooperative Extension Food distribution, Fruit and Vegetable Marketing, International Competition and Trade, Mexican Horticultural Industry, Food safety
Crisosto, Carlos Department of Plant Sciences
  CE Postharvest Physiologist Extension and research on postharvest biology and technology of fruits; fruit quality and deterioration and handling systems
Harris, Linda Food Science & Technology
  CE Specialist-Food Safety   Microbiology Microbial food safety throughout the food chain. Focus is the microbiology of fresh fruits and vegetables and tree nuts.
Mitcham, Elizabeth Department of Plant Sciences
  CE & AES Postharvest Pomologist Postharvest physiology and technology of fruit and nut crops; emphasis on maintaining flavor quality after harvest, enhancing consumption of produce, and reducing food loss. Also studying regulation of fruit ripening and mechanisms underlying calcium deficiency disorders in fruit.
Suslow, Trevor Department of Plant Sciences
  Postharvest pathology, Microbial food safety, postharvest transportation
Other ANR
Kader, Adel Department of Plant Sciences
  Professor Emeritus and CE Specialist Emeritus Postharvest biology and technology of fruits and nuts in relation to their flavor and nutritional quality.
Negre-Zakharov, Florence Department of Plant Sciences
  Assistant Professor
Reid, Michael Department of Plant Sciences
  Cooperative Extension Specialist Postharvest biology and technology of ornamentals, cut flowers, flowering plants, foliage plants. Physiology of flowering and flowering control, chilling injury, mode of action of ethylene and inhibition of ethylene responses.
Membership Totals
Number of Members18
ANR Members17
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