Postharvest Technology Short Course June 17-28, UC Davis

June 17th - 28th, 2013 • Davis, CA

Past Event:

35th Annual Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops Short Course; June 17 - 28, 2013
UC Davis - ARC Ballroom

A Comprehensive Look at Postharvest Topics
This course is a two-week intensive study of the biology and current technologies used for handling fruits, nuts, vegetables and ornamentals in California. It is designed for research and extension workers, quality control personnel in the produce industry, and business, government or academic professionals interested in current advances in the postharvest technology of horticultural crops. It is particularly of interest to technical professionals responsible for quality assurance, research and extension activities related to fresh produce quality, safety and marketability. The lecture plus field trip option is limited to 55 participants, and the lecture-only option is limited to 25 participants. Enrollment will be handled on a first-paid, first-enrolled basis.


  • An overview of the postharvest biology of horticultural crops
  • Maturity and maturity indices, measuring quality
  • Safety factors
  • Harvesting systems, preparation for market, packinghouse facilities and equipment, packaging, containers, and unitization
  • Cooling prior to shipment: methods, evaluation of efficiency
  • Storage: methods, facilities, equipment, management of environmental conditions including controlled atmospheres
  • Ethylene: treatments, exclusion and removal
  • Transport: systems, loading patterns, environmental control, use of modified atmospheres
  • Sanitation and other procedures related to decay and insect control; food safety assurance
  • Standardization and inspection, quality evaluation and control
  • Energy use in postharvest technology procedures
  • Harvesting and postharvest handling systems for various commodity groups
  • Marketing fresh produce: socioeconomic and environmental considerations
  • An overview of current postharvest research at the University of California

Enrollment Is Easy!

By Phone. Call (530) 752-7672.  Please have your credit card account number handy.

By Fax. Fax the completed enrollment form from the brochure, along with credit card information, to (530) 754-4326.

By Mail. Mail the completed enrollment form from the brochure, and send it with your payment to: Postharvest Technology Center, Attn: Penny Stockdale; UC Davis, Dept. of Plant Sciences, MS2; One Shields Avenue; Davis, CA  95616.


1-Week Postharvest Technology Short Course online registration form

2-Week Postharvest Technology Short Course online registration form

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UC Davis - ARC Ballroom

Davis, California
United States

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