Fruit Ripening & Ethylene Management
Fruit Ripening Workshop Brochure 2016
This workshop, presented annually by the UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center.
Who Should Attend
This workshop, is intended for shippers and fruit handlers (wholesale and retail), and produce managers who are involved in handling and ripening fruits and fruit-vegetables. The workshop focuses on how to increase profits by reducing losses at the receiving end, and delivering ready-to-eat, delicious fruits and fruit-vegetables to the consumer.
- Importance of ripening programs
- Ripening fruit and fruit-vegetables
- Ripening facilities & equipment
- Fruit development-ripening
- Maturity and quality relationships
- Biology of ethylene production
- Sensory quality attributes and measurement
- Temperature management
- Retail temperature storage conditions
- Retail displays and handling
- Tools to control ripening and senescence
- Ethylene inhibition and control
- Designing/controlling a ripening program
- Physiological disorders and other losses
- Quality measurements
- Environmental equipment
- Mary Lu Arpaia, CE Specialist, Dept. of Botany & Plant Science, UCR
- Jeff Brecht, Professor, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida
- Christine Bruhn, CE Specialist, Dept. of Food Science & Technology, UCD
- Marita Cantwell, CE Specialist, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UCD
- Roberta Cook, CE Specialist, Dept. of Ag. & Resource Economics, UCD
- Deirdre Holcroft, Holcroft Postharvest Consulting
- Dennis Kihlstadius, Produce Technical Services
- Beth Mitcham, CE Specialist, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UCD
- Michael Reid, Emeritus, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UCD
- Mikal Saltveit, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UCD
- Jim Thompson, Postharvest Engineering LLC, and Emeritus, Dept. of Biological & Agricultural Engineering, UCD
- Florence Zakharov, Professor, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UCD
- and other industry and academic instructors
Date and Time
The 23rd Annual Workshop date is April 18-19, 2017
UC Davis ARC Conference Center
The 2016 enrollment fee is $899.00 for this 2-day workshop and includes all classroom instruction, lab activities, course materials, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, lunches, and networking reception.
If Your Plans Change
If your plans change: Refunds, less a $90 processing fee, will be granted if requested at least seven calendar days before the course begins. At that time, you may 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.
Accommodations & Parking
Accommodations. For Davis hotel information please visit the Yolo County Visitor's Guide. For your convenience, we have blocked a number of rooms at the Hyatt Place and the Hallmark Inn. Mention you are with the Postharvest Technology Center's "Fruit Ripening" workshop.
Parking. There is a daily parking permit fee of $9.00, and permits are available for purchase at kiosks located at the entrance of several nearby UC Davis parking lots.
Air Travel.The closest airport to Davis is Sacramento International (a 25 minute drive). San Francisco and Oakland International airports are about a 1.5 hour drive. To arrange for transportation between Sacramento airport and Davis, see the Davis Airporter website.
Visiting Davis. See the Yolo County Visitor's Guide.
Mary Lu Arpaia Ph.D.
The first deals with the role of preharvest management on postharvest fruit quality. A clearer understanding of orchard management’s role is needed to develop strategies that optimize the postharvest life of subtropical fruits. I therefore collaborate in multi-disciplinary projects that examine the role of irrigation, fertilization, plant growth regulators and pest management on postharvest fruit quality.
I also conduct research that examines the response of subtropical fruit to the postharvest environment including temperature during handling and ethylene exposure. As part of this research effort we have incorporated the use of sensory science procedures to study the impact of handling practices on eating quality.
For More Information on Technical Content
Mary Lu Arpaia Ph.D.
Title: CE Subtropical Horticulturist
Kearney Ag. Center
9240 S. Riverbend Ave.
Parlier, CA 93648
Phone: (559) 646-6561
Fax: (559) 646-6593
For More Registration Information
Penny Ann Stockdale
Title: Program Representative
Department of Plant Sciences
One Shields Avenue
Mail Stop 2 Wickson 2023
Davis, CA 95616-8780