Beth Mitcham has served as Director of the Postharvest Technology Center since 2010. She maintains a very active program which also includes serving as Director of the Horticulture Collaborative Research Support Program (HortCRSP), and as a Postharvest Pomologist and Cooperative Extension Specialist with the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis. The focus of her research and extension program is the postharvest biology and technology of fruits, especially apples, pears, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, as well as almonds and walnuts.
In addition to studies on harvest maturity, storage conditions and flavor quality, her program focuses on regulation of fruit ripening and cellular regulation of calcium deficiency disorders. Additionally, her program is actively developing strategies for postharvest insect control in harvested and exported commodities, including citrus and table grapes.