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Postharvest Technology Center

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.
Workgroup Chair Information
Name Florence Zakharov (Chair)
Unit: Department of Plant Sciences
Membership List
AES Scientist
Beckles, Diane Department of Plant Sciences
  Associate Professor of Postharvest Biochemistry Integrative posharvest biology of produce and grain; source-sink relations; starch and carbohydrate metabolism 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
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.
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
Zakharov, Florence Department of Plant Sciences
  Associate Professor
CE Advisor
Day, Kevin Tulare County
  Pomology Advisor, Emeritus Fresh-shipping deciduous tree fruits. Cultural practices and production, fruit growth and development, pruning and training systems
Grant, Joseph
  Farm Advisor, Emeritus walnuts, cherries, olives, miscellaneous fruits; fruit crops, integrated pest management
CE Specialist
Arpaia, Mary Lu Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
  Cooperative Extension Specialist 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
   CE Food Marketing Specialist Emerita   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 Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
  CE Postharvest Physiologist Extension and research on postharvest biology and technology of fruits; fruit and nuts quality and deterioration and handling systems
Harris, Linda J Food Science & Technology
  Professor of Cooperative Extension Microbial food safety throughout the food chain with a focus on the microbiology of fresh fruits and vegetables and tree nuts.
Mitcham, Elizabeth Department of Plant Sciences
  Director, Postharvest Center 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 def
Suslow, Trevor Department of Plant Sciences
  Extension Research Specialist Preharvest to Postharvest Microbial food safety systems,postharvest transportation, Postharvest pathology
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.
Membership Totals
Number of Members18
ANR Members18
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