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Congratulations to our 2021 Postharvest Short Course Participants!

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Our signature course, Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops, as well as our tour, was offered again in 2021. Dozens of participants from across the globe joined this virtual course and learned about the latest technologies used for handling fruits, nuts, vegetables and ornamentals in California, and the underlying biology principals. The interactive, virtual format includes pre-recorded video presentations, weekly live overviews, highlights and Q&A sessions with instructors, demonstrations, produce experiments, and break-out discussions. The Live Sessions began on June 3, and there were Live Sessions twice a week through June 24.

A Virtual Tour of Produce Handling Operations in California, including live narration and discussion by industry leaders and technical experts from the University of California has also been added as an option to the UC Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops Virtual Short Course. Our tour is scheduled for June 29, 30 & July 1, 2021.

We are deeply humbled to to hear praises about our course. Comments included,

"Great course with tons of information that covered every aspect of postharvest science. Very informative and inspiring. I'm excited to go back to my work to develop our program using what I've learned here."

Visit the course webpage for more information.




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The 2021 Fruit Ripening and Ethylene Management Workshop was offered virtually for 55 participants this year with four 3-hour, live weekly sessions and over 20 hours of video content! We also introduced Produce Jeopardy for the first time which was super fun! Our Jeopardy host, Dennis K., was superb, competition was fierce, and everyone was reminded of key take-aways from the course! Comments from past course participants included,

“It was a dream to do this course from many years, which could come true due to online training mode, I had some knowledge, but always felt incomplete due to not having this course, now I will fill the vacuum by applying the information & by in regular contact of experts.“


“The jeopardy was a great idea! All speakers ... had a lot of knowledge on their topics. Great conversations and presentations.“

We hope you will join one of our courses in the future!






The Postharvest Technology Center strives to be a robust and responsive resource. Continued development of our workshop-based trainings and free access to our website and Produce Facts Apps are made financially possible by the UC Postharvest Program Endowment Fund through the generous support of friends like you. Please consider making a contribution and/or encouraging your organization to make a tax deductible contribution. Your support is crucial if we are to maintain our core services and continue to build out solutions-based research capacity in the coming years.

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How is the fresh produce industry adjusting to the public health crisis?

Kristin Kiesel presented a webinar sponsored by the UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Science on September 9, 2020 titled “How is the fresh produce industry adjusting to the public health crisis?

Kristin Kiesel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis and a member of the Postharvest Technology Center.



How Should I Protect Myself from Coronavirus in a Grocery Store?

This story by Erin DiCaprio, assistant Cooperative Extension specialist of food safety in the Department of Food Science and Technology will address the following questions:

  • Can I touch the tomatoes?
  • Do I need to sanitize my food when I get home?
  • Should I wear gloves in the grocery store?


COVID-19 Food Safety

Postharvest Technology Center Specialist Erin DiCaprio, with the Department of Food Science and Technology at UC Davis, has prepared an important fact sheet What do food handlers need to know about coronavirus infectious disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the associated virus, SARS-CoV-2? that answers the following questions:

      1. Is there potential for the virus to be transmitted through food?
      2. What can food handlers do?
      3. What can food business owners/managers do?
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