Grown in Marin
University of California
Grown in Marin

Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops (Short Course)

Date: June 17, 2019

Time: All Day

Contact: 415-473-4204

Sponsor: UC ANR

Event Details

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 50 participants, and the lecture-only option is limited to 45 participants. Enrollment will be handled on a first-paid, first-enrolled basis.

Topics included

  • 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

Short Course Format

The first week (Monday through Friday) is spent on intensive lectures and discussions as well as hands-on laboratory sessions on the UC Davis campus. The optional second week (Monday through Friday) is an extensive field tour covering a wide variety of postharvest operations. Facilities last year included selected packinghouses, cooling and storage facilities, produce distribution centers, field harvest operations, packing, and transportation facilities in various locations in central and coastal California. A prerequisite for attendance on the field tour is attendance at the first week of the short course. The tour’s first stop is in Sacramento, then the bus travels as far south as Bakersfield, continues west towards the Salinas and Monterey area, and then the final stops are in the San Francisco/Oakland area. The bus then returns participants to the UC Davis campus.

Date and Time

June 17–21, 2019 (week one) and 24–28, 2019 (week two)


UC Davis Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)

Enrollment Fee (2019)

The 1-week enrollment fee ($2400) includes all classroom instruction, lab activities, course materials, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, Monday - Friday lunches, and one networking dinner. The enrollment to the 1-week, lecture-only section is limited to 70 participants.

The 2-week enrollment fee ($3350) includes all week one activities, plus field tour transportation and continental breakfasts Monday through Friday during the tour, as well as a networking reception in Visalia on Monday, June 25. Enrollment in the 2-week section of this Short Course is limited to 40 participants. An additional lodging fee is required for 2-week participants.

For more information and to register online, visit the event webpage.

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