Fruit Ripening & Ethylene Management
Who Should Attend
This workshop is intended for shippers, 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.
Participating in this workshop is one way to earn credits towards completing the Produce Professional Certificate.
Fruit Ripening Workshop Group Photo 2019
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.