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2014 New Call for Positions

2014 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

105 Produce Quality Specialist

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage

California - statewide

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34 Comments

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New CE Specialist positions in postharvest biology and technology are critical if the University of California is to maintain its worldwide leadership in the field of postharvest because the number of retiring specialists has reached a critical point where the ability to deliver the technical program will be seriously compromised. The Postharvest Technology Center is run by a group of CE Specialists working on topics of importance to the postharvest hanlding of produce. Our four annual workshops are heavily attended by the produce industry in California, the US and from around the world. Reducing food losses after harvest is important to sustainability, and enhancing the quality and availability of produce, and therefore its consumption, is important to reduce obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Your support for this important position is requested.
Posted May 9, 2014 10:25 AM by Elizabeth Mitcham
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i agree with the comments of Beth Mitcham. every day the people who work in research about postharvest in the world to be more old. the UC Davis needs more young people studing about quality, postharves, handling and conservation in cool of the products that are harvesting in the yields (mainly U,S and another countries of the world. in our case, a few enterprenurs are using this technologies. Javier Ramirez - Manager of wholesale Market of Antioquia _ Colombia
Posted Jul 13, 2014 4:20 PM by Javier Ramirez - From Colombia
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I support the creation of new CE Specialist positions in Postharvest Biology. Focusing on postharvest produce quality is essential for continuing the fine work being done at UCD that is extremely beneficial to the produce industry and the state as a whole. Unnecessary postharvest losses continue to hit the bottom line of many businesses in the industry and I believe these positions can help eliminate those losses. Working as a produce buyer, I am routinely asked by friends in the industry for contacts at UC Davis to help them improve the postharvest life of any given product. In sum, these CE specialist positions are essential to increasing the growth of agriculture in the state and will pay dividends for years to come.

Sincerely,
Matt DeCeault
Fresh and Easy Campus Produce
Riverside, CA
Posted Jul 17, 2014 9:07 PM by Matthew DeCeault
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As a participant of last post-harvest short course held at UC DAVIS I would strongly acknowledge the necessity of the position. Now a days food quality & safety is a key concern in around the world. In this perspective post-harvest technology centre can play a vital role to streamline the situation. As I came to know that many of persons are going to retirement in the coming days. So the new CE specialist position would be justify for continuation of post-harvest technological research, innovation and training program. Though introducing the new positions post-harvest technology centre would be strengthen to continue the development research for the food industry and that would be useful for the developed countries and developing countries as well. So I wish the every success of new cell of post-harvest technology centre and also the recruitment of new positions.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 11:24 AM by KAMRUZZAMAN MD
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This position is critical in advancing the use of post harvest treatments to mitigate food loss through sustainable green technology to enhance quality and extend shelf life. Alternative methodologies to harmful fumigants is an essential "care about" that a Produce Quality Specialist would cheerlead to the industry
Posted May 13, 2014 5:34 PM by frank benso
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UC Davis' Postharvest Technology Center is a world leader in innovative postharvest management systems, technologies and collaboration that have made a big difference in many developing countries through its in-campus, in-country and online programs in postharvest loss reduction and in enhancing quality, nutritional content and food safety of fresh horticultural produce. Continuing and strengthening its local and global position, especially in the service to humanity, requires dedicated and creative experts, such as the Produce Quality Specialist, who will assume the works of predecessors and sustain the mission and track record of the Center.
Posted May 13, 2014 8:43 PM by Jun Acedo
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It’s interesting that we have opportunity to exchange our expertise with other in other countries. US Davis has this opportunity to take this case on the ground. As Iraqi researcher, with this position, there are many think needs to do to make postharvest technology the best practices using beside achieve the new technology, using the extension methodology to take place especially in other growing country.
Posted May 14, 2014 3:12 AM by Azhar Al-Taie
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A produce quality specialist with postharvest responsibilities would find a large audience and many willing cooperators among the many sophisticated farming companies in the San Joaquin Valley, where the growth in produce value has advanced steadily while the number of public researchers has dwindled. This person is very much needed and would have an exceptional opportunity to participate in the existing world-class UC research and education activities.
Posted May 14, 2014 7:58 AM by Joseph Smilanick
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We are a group of 32 small growers in southern California focusing on selling our produce to school districts. UC Davis' post-harvest program has been incredibly useful in allowing us to transition from growers to direct-to-market grower/shippers. We support expanded allocation of resources by UC-Davis to this critical post-harvest program!
Posted May 14, 2014 8:08 AM by Bob K
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This is a critically important position to maintain and strengthen the internationally known Postharvest Technology Center here at UC Davis. Within 3 years, over half of the CE Specialists in this Center will retire, therefore we need to bring on new colleagues who can learn and add to our work. This position fits the Strategic Initiatives of ANR in terms of sustainability (reducing food waste), enhancing human health and reducing obesity.
Posted May 14, 2014 9:17 AM by Diane M. Barrett
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The U.C Post harvest Technology center is a worldwide renowned center for the study of post harvest technologies and maintenance of produce quality for horticultural produce. the center thus play a pivotal role in California's produce industry. Therefore the need to have a large consortium of specialist to carry out outreach, extension services and research on the maintenance of produce quality to California's cooperative farmers can not be over emphasis.
The U.C Post harvest Technology Center having trained a lot young energetic enterprising graduates from the developing world needs to have them share their experiences from their individual countries by being members of this consortium to enhance their knowledge and capacities for the growth of the horticultural industry worldwide. The positions require persons with high deductive and intuitive reasoning to be able to take over from our aging specialist to bring about improvements in the produce industry both in California and the world at large.
Posted May 14, 2014 4:08 PM by Hussein Yunus
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The UC Davis post harvest Technology centre is really a blessing to the developing countries because of its laudable intensive short courses.The idea of training an individual from a developing country is splendid because there is a huge waste of horticultural produce in most developing countries.In developing countries their scientists research more on production and tend to neglect the post harvest handling aspects,hence huge loss of fresh fruits and vegetables is experienced every year which leads to food insecurity.This is an important position to maintain to help enlighten the young graduates from developing countries on the need to complement production and postharvest handling of their nation"s fruits and vegetables.
Posted May 15, 2014 4:50 AM by CHIAMAKA NWAMMADU
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California Valley
California Valley is known for its great abundance of food chain growth. Has growing been a small scale in discovery of what we can potentially provide worldwide? Who knows, influencing the conscious to find an interest of what is ongoing and considering all concerning factors. Would being part of the experience in change for the better tomorrow having confidence depend on growers? Also can we be more than willingly prepared assisting in anything we seek? We know, expressed by human nature, if having national consumption, risks and diseases will be encountered, reduced to a minimum or eliminating, by providing assistance could be considered healthy reasoning living habits. Ideas or just simply the worries of risk factors of what the outcome can be, opens up the door to research and find out the possibilities with risk analysis and preventive actions keeping the mind at ease. If we can find and provide what works, we can continue to be the lead and guide as history has shown. California Valley would be state to seek when we are trying to feed our need with Food Safety requirements, developing in compliance with FDA and our USDA, will updated to most recent findings and stated with recommendations. Having all educational needs if desired to be self taught, we know by providing full compliance practices in development with updating research and ordinance as desired with trust in technology, the question how do we know that policies and practices are meeting our expectations in compliance worldwide? Not knowing the answer concerns the conscious! having the ability to format, would have a positive outcome with ongoing questions being utilized to its fullest potential in need.
Would a raised eye brow be in interest?


Marco A. Luquin
Ocean Mist Farms, California Valley
Posted May 17, 2014 11:06 AM by Marco A Luquin
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New CE Specialist position in postharvest biology and technology is essential to the University of California, for local farmers and food industry based on fruit and vegetables, and for the humanity. Postharvest Technology Center has been an innovator, forming specialists and senior professionals who have been in the forefront of the development of human resources currently working with fruits and vegetables. The center has generated technologies relevant to production, food processing and industrialization of whole, fresh cut and processes vegetables with high- quality nutrition. Also, the specialists made publication and dissemination of knowledge in different levels and steps from production, handling, packaging, storage and transport turnover of vegetables, in small and large scale. They have continuously promoted healthy life. Postharvest specialists have contributed and helped, inside and outside theirs country, to promote training application of technologies that reduce nutrient losses in high values foods, such fruits and vegetables. The reduction of food losses intrinsically contributes to keeping the environment to minimize the inefficiencies that determine the total or quality deterioration of fruits and vegetables that do not reach their final destination: the consumer.The work of the center, led by its specialists, has been builder new study methodologies and thematic focus of fruits and vegetables after harvest. They have also inspired the creation of other schools, training centers and spread worldwide with interdisciplinary work integrating national and international capabilities. The leadership of the center is based on the permanence of its technical team with ability to identify and solve new challenges that arise in local situation or/and a world of constant change.
Posted May 19, 2014 5:31 AM by Fernanda Zaccari
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The long-time international leadership status of UC Davis in the postharvest technology field will not be easily maintained if new CE specialists are not hired to replace all the many recent retiring faculty members who worked as a group to address arising postharvest issues and develop best practices. A produce quality specialist can play an important role in linking CA farmers and university/extension educators in order to address the changing needs and demands of the hort industry and local, regional and international markets.
Posted May 20, 2014 2:08 PM by Lisa Kitinoja
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I do not understand how anyone can not be an advocate for this post-harvest position. Clearly there continues to be a need to minimize post-harvest losses. Such losses remain unnecessarily high and these can be greatly reduced through research to resolve product and handling relationships and by the dissemination of information and demonstration via workshops for appropriate clientele and all consumers. Let us build upon the pioneer achievements of folks like the late Dr. Adel Kader.
Posted May 21, 2014 7:29 PM by Vince Rubatzky
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Minimizing post harvest-losses is a global challenge. UC Davis must take a lead to address such a global problem and address nutrition. Hence, I strongly advocate for the new CE Specialist position to undertake research and disseminate the findings through seminars and training stakeholders at home and abroad.
Posted May 22, 2014 7:53 AM by Peetambar Dahal
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If losses are what has most of us are worried about, then we should iniciate a recycle program like we have launched here at Ocean miast Farms. The benefits are in abundance, on not only going green but 100% recycled material is being out put through here. Believe me it was a great deal to catch everyonres attention and educate the importance of it and to put into practice in our evry day operation, positive out come will only be reeped by the participating departments.
Posted May 22, 2014 7:35 PM by Marco A. Luquin
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The University of California Davis is a leader in Postharvest extension, in training and in all activiities regarding postharvest issues. Thousand of students, farmers, professionals and much people around the world have had the opportunity be there or receive the specialist in their region. If the retired specialists are not substituted, in the near future the food losses will be increase and some healthy problems could come
Posted May 29, 2014 1:24 PM by Lilliana Chaves
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This is a critical time for agriculture and ultimately food security in California. Additionally, many regard the University of California, Davis as a global leader in agriculture. Funding and sustaining this position is not trendy but necessary in order to advance learning and improve livelihoods.
Posted May 29, 2014 1:56 PM by Kristi Tabaj
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UCD Postharvest Technology Center has been a global leader in providing solutions to the fresh produce industries in CA and beyond. This has not been possible without research, teaching and extension efforts of the center staff. The filling of vacant positions is essential to support the farming communities and to sustain leadership role acquired over a few decades. The emerging challenges in postharvest systems requires, at least, replenishment of workforce, if not expansion in the near future. CE Specialists are important threads in translating research into deliverable and tangible outcomes for the fresh produce industry.
Posted May 30, 2014 12:10 AM by Sukhvinder Pal Singh
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UC Davis Post-harvest Technology group represent a great intellectual asset to agricultural production in California and world-wide. The broad expertise of this organization is particularly important to grower/shippers when introducing new products or distributing to new markets - since that is when unexpected issues are most likely to arise and where the broad expertise at UC-Davis becomes invaluable. In light of changing weather patterns, it is essential that we maintain this center of ag information to help growers identify varieties and handling technologies that allow California to maintain high quality fruit and veg production into the future.
Posted Jun 16, 2014 8:15 AM by Leo Kelly
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The CE Postharvest Specialist position essential to the maintenance of the quality of the interaction between the UC system, the private sector, regulators, and consumers. The new-waves of traceability requirements for Californian fresh and fresh-cut produce in the state, across the country, and globally require both basic and applied research to address rising concerns on food and nutritional losses in the supply chain. The new capacity to measure in close to real time plant and human pathogens has raised a new generation of food safety issues that will require systemic postharvest operations shifts by industry to safeguard human health, the quality of produce on offer, and the affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables that are essential to addressing the nutritional deficiencies of ourselves and our children. The CE position is needed to ensure that scientifically sound and socially useful R&D is conducted to the high standards of the past and current operations of the Postharvest Technology Center.
Posted Jun 27, 2014 2:48 AM by Don Humpal
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The breadth and scope of the impact CE Postharvest Specialists has been phenomenal over the past three decades. The need for information to improve produce quality and reduce postharvest losses continues to grow, yet the number of CE Postharvest Specialists to address these needs continues to diminish. Each of the current specialists works long hours to try to maintain a high level of outreach as well as providing updated content for the 600+ page Postharvest Technology Center's website, but the challenge is difficult. Thanks for your consideration in making this position a top priority.
Posted Jul 9, 2014 5:19 PM by Mary Reed
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There is a disproportionate focus in produce on growers at the moment and a program, position and focus on the product after it is packed and leaves the grower is imperative to bridging the gap between the "farm" and the consumer. I feel that this position is both needed and showing a proactive and wise approach to food safety and produce technologies on the part of UC Davis.
Posted Jul 11, 2014 11:45 AM by Peter Baloian
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Every two / three months I travel from The Netherlands to U.C. Davis to be educated and trained by world's best. It allows me to help my clients with improving their operations and produce quality. I am an ambassador of their work and endorse all efforts to maintain the center's leading role in postharvest technology.
Posted Jul 13, 2014 3:44 AM by Stefan Droogendijk (Rotterdam, NL)
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As an Australian participant to the 2014 Post Harvest Technology Course at UC Davis, I wish to highlight, if it was necessary, that no other university is offering such a comprehensive workshop, over 2 intensive weeks. We were over 60 participants to attend it, from various backgrounds (farm managers, consultants, teachers, auditors, processors...), from all continents of the planet, and all wanting to learn how we can reduce food wastage by maintaining maximum post harvest freshness of fruits and vegetables.
In the current context of increasing world population and diminishing land and water resources to produce the food human beings need, the UC Davis course on Post Harvest Technology is extremely valuable. It has also undeniably improved my professional credentials as I was offered an interesting new job in a horticultural industry post harvest assessment as soon as I returned to my country. I highly support the creation of new positions to ensure the UC at Davis maintains its leadership role in such a critical area of expertise.
May I take this opportunity to renew my thanks to Elizabeth Mitcham, leader of the Post Harvest Technology course, and her team, for organising such an interesting and unique workshop.
Kind regards,
Veronique Froelich (plum grower in S-E Australia).
Posted Jul 13, 2014 4:23 AM by Veronique Froelich
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in the world is necessary to increase the theaching about postharvest and procces of quality for management of fruits, vegetables and fresh products. it is amazing how many tons of ggoods are sending to waste because them are losing freshness and shelf life. in my country the loses araise about 30% only in the market without to have in count other procces like harves, handling, packing and transportation. it is imperative to learn to many students, producers and enterpreneurs about those topics.
Posted Jul 13, 2014 4:26 PM by Javier Ramirez - From Colombia
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Quality Produce position is very important to control the post-harvest quality of fruits, vegetables and ornamental. As we knows that it’s about one-third of fresh produce harvested worldwide is lost because of many factors. UC Davis as is the leader of post-harvest center of technology have to improve many aspect on post-harvest to increase the quality of fresh produce of horticulture. Attending the 26th annual Post-harvest Technology Short Course is very useful to me, especially people that come from developing country. I am very appreciate to Mrs Elizabeth Mitcham and her team that have effort to do this event.
Posted Jul 13, 2014 8:52 PM by Hendri
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Quality Produce position is very important to control the post-harvest quality of fruits, vegetables and ornamental. As we knows that it’s about one-third of fresh produce harvested worldwide is lost because of many factors. UC Davis as is the leader of post-harvest center of technology have to improve many aspect on post-harvest to increase the quality of fresh produce of horticulture. Attending the 26th annual Post-harvest Technology Short Course is very useful to me, especially people that come from developing country. I am very appreciate to Mrs Elizabeth Mitcham and her team that have effort to do this event.
Posted Jul 13, 2014 8:53 PM by Hendri From Indonesia
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I want to thank and congratulate the organizers of the course "Postharvest Technology for Horticultural Crops" for valuable knowledge were provided to participating in this course, from 16 until 27 July 2014. Likewise thank you for attention and the observations made available by the warmth as we attended during the two weeks of the course, to the point that I felt at home.

It is noteworthy that the accuracy was maintained throughout the event and organizing the logistics for each and every one of the different times.

Greatly changed my way of thinking, with respect to post-harvest processes to be taken into account to ensure the quality of each type of fruit and vegetables.

It is noteworthy that the permanete research scholars are UCDAVIS, and empathy with the enterprises that are different to vangurdia production and post-harvest handling of fruits and vegetables.

Again, thanks for everything.
Posted Jul 14, 2014 9:47 AM by EDSON MOSQUERA SUÁREZ
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I want to thank and congratulate the organizers of the course of postharvest for my chance to join the valuable course in postharvest technology. From this course I got valuable knowledge to increase the good handling for horticultural product. Food loss is big problem in horticultural site. From this course many technologies can be applied to decrease the food loss
Posted Jul 14, 2014 10:34 PM by Nofiarli from Indonesia
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The UC Davis short course on post harvest technologies for fruits and vegetables was extremely well organized and unique worldwide for the amount of knowledge and information we captured in very short time. Upon our return to our farm located in UAE we started implementing most of the technologies and systems we learned to improve our quality of fresh fruit and vegetable. the early result was extremely promising. We really changed our way of thinking now regarding the post-harvest processes for our entire production.
We really support the importance of the continuity of this course and we will be sending on a yearly basis some of our team members to attend.

We will take this opportunity again to thanks Mrs Elizabeth Mitcham and her professional team for this unique and well organized course.

Regards
Emil Moukarzel
Farm Manager
Elite Agro- UAE
Posted Jul 17, 2014 3:09 AM by Emil Moukarzel
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General Produce Co., a third-generation, wholesale produce distribution company in Sacramento, has worked with the UC Postharvest department for the past two decades. We are the direct beneficiaries of their research in improving postharvest handling of fresh produce. Many people in our company have attended their excellent Postharvest Short Course. We annually host their participants to tours of our facility. Beth Mitcham and the Postharvest department are readily available to assist us or any of our customers or suppliers in addressing both simple and complex postharvest scenarios. Their research is well grounded in practical, real world application. I believe that their work has definitely improved the overall quality of product available in the marketplace.

I'm proud to not only be associated with but also to live in an area with a world-class Postharvest program. I fully support the funding of New CE Specialist positions in postharvest biology and technology.

Thomas Chan
CEO
General Produce Co.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 11:38 AM by Thomas Chan
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General Produce Co., a third-generation, wholesale produce distribution company in Sacramento, has worked with the UC Postharvest department for the past two decades. We are the direct beneficiaries of their research in improving postharvest handling of fresh produce. Many people in our company have attended their excellent Postharvest Short Course. We annually host their participants to tours of our facility. Beth Mitcham and the Postharvest department are readily available to assist us or any of our customers or suppliers in addressing both simple and complex postharvest scenarios. Their research is well grounded in practical, real world application. I believe that their work has definitely improved the overall quality of product available in the marketplace.

I'm proud to not only be associated with but also to live in an area with a world-class Postharvest program. I fully support the funding of New CE Specialist positions in postharvest biology and technology.

Thomas Chan
CEO
General Produce Co.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 4:01 PM by Thomas Chan
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The Knowledge i acquired as the 2014 scholarship recipient of the short course on postharvest handling of horticultural crops has helped me immensely.Immediately i came back to Nigeria,from the motivation i got from the short course in California.i applied and got a temporary job at the state ministry of Agriculture in their horticultural produce department.I shared my pictures and knowledge with my Director.Right now we are working on cultivating some economic horticultural crops and by the grace of God,i will properly carry out some post harvest handling knowledge i learnt from my short course at UC Davies.As a m.sc student,the course has also enabled me to organise my school project and am working seriously to meet my target of organising a hand down seminar of all i learnt at U.C Davies for my lecturers so that together we can improve the horticultural produce handling in Nigeria.It might be a little bit difficult for me because i need regular interaction and contact with UC Davis postharvest technology centre.Hence i humbly advocate for the new CE specialist positions in biology and post harvest technology.

Posted Jul 20, 2014 11:47 PM by CHIAMAKA NWAMMADU
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These new positions will create opportunities for new innovation, development research and will create a good networking between the development partners and researchers
Posted Jul 21, 2014 11:29 AM by KAMRUZZAMAN MD

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