Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops Short Course
37th Annual Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops
June 15 - 26, 2015
UC Davis Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
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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 50 participants, and the lecture-only option is limited to 45 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
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.
Housing & Meals
Week 1: UC Davis Campus
Participants are responsible for their own housing (reservations and payment) during the first week of the course.
Local Hotels and Motels. The City of Davis has a fine selection of lodging options available as well. Please see our Welcome to Davis page, or the Yolo County Visitors' Guide. The accommodations within easy walking distance of the campus are:
- Best Western University Lodge
- Hallmark Inn
- Econo Lodge
- Best Western Palm Court
- Aggie Inn
- Hyatt Place
Davis Lodging Note: In order to ensure adequate lodging for our participants, we have reserved blocks of rooms at the Hyatt Place, Hallmark Inn, and the Comfort Suites. These blocks will only be held through May 15, and we encourage you to make your lodging reservations as quickly as possible due to graduation and numerous other activities in the Davis area. Be sure to mention that you are with the "Postharvest Technology Short Course."
Week 2: Field Tour
Hotel accommodations for the field tour are pre-arranged by Postharvest Technology Center staff. This additional charge must be paid at the time of enrollment, the amount depends upon whether single or double accommodations are selected.
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Campus & Travel Information
- Campus Bike Rental. The UC Davis campus is one of the largest in the University of California system (5,300 acres). The UC Davis Bike Barn offers rental bicycles to help speed your navigation around campus. Located in downtown Davis, Ken's Bike & Ski also offers bike rentals on a weekly basis, with extended business hours, including Saturday and Sunday.
- Internet Access. Postharvest Short Course participants will be provided access to a non-secured campus guest wireless account. The UC Davis campus has a number of wireless hot spots, including the ARC where we'll be meeting the first week, as well as the Segundo Dining Commons, the Memorial Union, and Shields Library.
- Parking. Daily campus parking permits cost $9/day and during the first week the permits may be purchased at kiosks near the entrance of the parking lot. Please notify the registration coordinator if you will be parking a vehicle on campus during the week of the field tour.
- Air Travel. The closest airport to Davis is Sacramento International (a 25 minute drive); we encourage the 2-Week participants to use this airport as the Field Tour bus completes its route at the UC Davis campus.
The 1-Week enrollment fee is $2075, and includes all classroom instruction, lab activities, course materials, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, Monday - Friday lunches, and one barbeque dinner. The enrollment to the 1-Week, lecture-only section is limited to 45 participants.
The 2-Week enrollment fee is $3150, and includes all week 1 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 22. Enrollment to the two-week section of this Short Course is limited to 50 participants. An additional lodging fee is also required for 2-Week participants.
Enrollments are requested no later than May 15, 2015. Reservations are accepted made on a first-paid, first-served basis. A waiting list will be available for additional registrants.
All-Inclusive Package (2015)
For the convenience of our international & business participants, we are please to offer an all-inclusive package that includes the course enrollment fee, airport transfers, hotel accommodations and a food allowance. If you are interested in this limited offer, please contact our enrollment coordinator, Penny Stockdale by May 1, 2015 at 530-752-7672 or email@example.com.
If your plans change: Refunds, less a $200 processing fee, will be granted if requested no later than May 15, 2015. At that time, you can also discuss sending a substitute. We reserve the right to discontinue, postpone, or combine classes, and to change instructors. Every effort will be made to notify enrollees of any changes or cancellations.
Enrollment Is Easy!
Contact Ms. Penny Stockdale for more information or to be added to the wait list.
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.
Online. Enroll for either the 1-week or 2-week session online using our online enrollment sites and secure online payment options.