University of California

Postharvest Short Course


The Postharvest Short Course has been postponed indefinitely.

Please consider registering for our brand-new

Virtual Crash Course in Postharvest Solutions

for Small & Evolving Operations

June 26-30, 2023

About the Short Course

Thank you for your interest in our week-long intensive study of the underlying biology principles and latest technologies used for handling fruits, nuts, vegetables and ornamentals in California.

Produce handlers, quality-control personnel, service companies, research and extension workers, and business, government and academic professionals interested in current advances in produce handling, storage, transportation, safety and marketing will benefit greatly from this information-packed short course.


Workshop Topics

  • Current postharvest research at the University of California
  • Postharvest biology of horticultural crops overview
  • Standardization and inspection, quality control and evaluation
  • Sanitation, insect control, decay and food safety assurance
  • Maturity and maturity indices, measuring quality
  • Energy use in postharvest technology procedures
  • Ethylene treatments, exclusion and removal
  • Safety factors, including COVID-19 issues
  • Harvesting systems, packinghouse facilities and equipment, market preparation, packaging, containers, and unitization
  • Storage methods, facilities, equipment, controlled atmospheres, and management of other environmental conditions
  • Transport systems, loading patterns, environmental control, modified atmospheres
  • Socioeconomic and environmental considerations of marketing fresh produce
  • Harvesting and postharvest handling systems for various commodity groups

Workshop Registration Information

Pam Devine
Title: Administrative Officer
One Shields Avenue
3047 Wickson Hall
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: 530-752-6941


Dr. Elizabeth Mitcham, Coordinator

Elizabeth Jeanne Mitcham

Beth is a cooperative extension specialist focusing on the postharvest physiology and technology of fruit and nut crops, with emphasis on maintaining flavor quality after harvest, enhancing produce consumption, and reducing food loss. Her research areas include regulation of fruit ripening and mechanisms underlying calcium deficiency disorders in fruit.



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