|Education||M.Sc. (1971), Agricultural Engineering University of California, Davis|
|Specialty||Cooling, storage, packaging, and transportation of horticultural commodities|
|Phone Number||Cell: 916-213-7821|
As an extension specialist, my program covers a broad spectrum of engineering issues related to handling crops after they are harvested. I am the only extension engineer in the state working on postharvest issues, so I work with many of the over 250 commodities produced in the state.
Some horticultural commodities are sold as a low moisture product and I have done a great deal of applied research and extension work on increasing the efficiency of drying systems and improving product quality for crops such as walnuts, pistachios, raisins, and prunes.
My work with fresh market commodities has centered around improving the design and operation of cooling systems and cold storage facilities.
I worked on the design of the first forced-air coolers for cut flowers. More recently, I have determined the energy use of various cooling systems and developed recommendations for minimizing energy consumption. I have worked on a project to minimize sulfite residues in table grapes that have been fumigated with sulfur dioxide. Most California fresh market commodities are transported significant distances to reach the consumer. I am working on several projects to reduce transit vibration damage.
|Expertise||Biological and Agricultural Engineering|
|Campus||UC Davis Faculty|