- Author: Diane Nelson
People who work with fresh produce quality, safety and marketability face complicated questions. How can I find a greener way to protect my crops from pests during transport? How long can I store my bountiful crop and at what temperature so it will still be marketable next month? What’s being done to improve the flavor of fresh fruit?
These questions and many, many more will be answered during the 35th Annual Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops Short Course at UC Davis June 17-28, an intensive two-week study of the biology and latest technologies for handling fruits, nuts, vegetables and ornamentals in California.
“It’s a very valuable course,” said Mohit Bansal, food...
- Author: Mary E. Reed
Throughout the month of March, the review committee labored over the 50 applications received for the 2013 Postharvest Technology Short Course scholarship. The goal of the scholarship, funded by the Leonard and Marseille Morris Trust, is to provide an individual from a developing country the opportunity to learn about managing the postharvest handling of horticultural crops with an intent to take that information back to their home country and utilize it to benefit others in their region.
After a systematic evaluation and ranking of the applicants, they selected Hussein Yunus Alhassan from Tamale, Ghana. In his application he shared that his reason for interest in attending the Postharvest Technology Short...
- Author: Pam Devine
Come join us in March for two great workshops
To keep pace with ever-growing demands, agriculture must remain profitable and competitive in a global market by efficiently using resources and controlling...
With the sudden death of Adel Kader, December 10, 2012, the postharvest and horticultural development community mourns the loss of a leader, teacher, mentor, colleague and friend. His big heart, which he shared so willingly with everyone, finally failed him while travelling home from a postharvest conference in South Africa.
Adel was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1941. He earned his B.Sc. in Horticulture in 1959 from the Ain Shams University in Cairo, and then enrolled at UC Davis where he earned his M.Sc. in Vegetable Crops in 1962, and Ph.D. in Plant Physiology in 1966. He then returned to Egypt where he served as an Assistant Professor at Ain Shams University for five years, followed by work as a lecturer...
- Author: Pam Devine
I first tasted a feijoa (fay-zho-uh, or pineapple guava) as a student here at UC Davis many years ago. A friend showed me her secret trees (south side of Wellman in Davis — tons on the ground right now!), and I was hooked. I didn’t think much of it at the time, other than thinking this is one of the best things I have ever eaten in my life. It tastes better than candy, and ripens right around Halloween - sweet! I had never seen or heard of a feijoa. You likely haven’t either, so I’m writing to introduce you.
First a little history. This subtropical plant originated in the higher altitude regions of central South America, but has since been introduced and grown...