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UC Vitual Postharvest ShortCourse

Hello everyone,

The UC Postharvest Technology Center has made the difficult decision to shift the Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops Short Course to a virtual format in 2020. That said, we are super excited about our plans for an exciting, interactive format for this online course, including all topics and demos from the usual course, and hope to attract a diverse group of participants from across the globe!

Visit our virtual Short Course page for more information or you can enroll today!

Hope to see you Zoom (I mean “soon”).


The Center was founded in 1978 by Adel Kader with the goal of organizing and coordinating knowledge transfer regarding reduction of postharvest losses and improving the quality and marketability of fresh horticultural products. The research findings disseminated during this era by Kader and a cadre of colleagues is the cornerstone and foundation for our current year-round supply and global sourcing of quality fresh and minimally-processed produce and cut flowers.

Our mission today is to remain a leading source of information on quality, safety and marketability of fresh produce and to sustain the viability of the Center for the next generation of scientists and practitioners. Our immediate goal is to broaden the level of involvement among our basic, applied and extension faculty and use the PTC platform to distill, translate, and disseminate emerging technology advancements to a broader industry and affiliated stakeholder audience.

Postharvest Center News

How Should I Protect Myself from Coronavirus in a Grocery Store?

This story by Erin DiCaprio, assistant Cooperative Extension specialist of food safety in the Department of Food Science and Technology will address the following questions:

  • Can I touch the tomatoes?
  • Do I need to sanitize my food when I get home?
  • Should I wear gloves in the grocery store?
  • How should I deal with other people?
  • Can I still bring my own bags?
Erin DiCaprio



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COVID19 Food Safety

Postharvest Technology Center Specialist Erin DiCaprio, with the Department of Food Science and Technology at UC Davis, has prepared an important fact sheet What do food handlers need to know about coronavirus infectious disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the associated virus, SARS-CoV-2? that answers the following questions:

  1. Is there potential for the virus to be transmitted through food?
  2. What can food handlers do?
  3. What can food business owners/managers do?
  4. What are disinfection strategies for non-health care settings?
  5. Where can you find more information about COVID-19?
Erin DiCaprio


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Good Morning America

Elizabeth Mitcham- Postharvest Pomologist at UC Davis is on Good Morning America discussing about can 'ugly' produce help you save money on groceries? Check it out!

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