University of California

Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops Short Course


Fruit Ripening | Fresh-cut Products | Postharvest Tech of Horticultural Crops Short Course | Emerging Technologies

2023 Postharvest Short Course Flyer

Short Course Pricing


2023 Short Course Information

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.


Who Should Attend

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.


Dates: June 19-23, 2023 (Classroom Learning) & June 26-30, 2023 (Facility Tours)

Location: UC Davis Campus & Virtual

Registration Opening in Early 2023!

  • Discounts are available for virtual participants from developing countries. If you qualify, please contact Pam Devine at for a discount code.
  • If you are unable to pay by credit card, please contact Pam Devine at
  • Earn 25 credits toward completion of the Produce Professional Certificate by completing this workshop.

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


Image Release

By registering for this workshop, I grant the UC Postharvest Technology Center (PTC) permission to capture or record my image, video, and audio footage at PTC-sponsored events without payment, rights to royalties, or other compensation. I understand that images and video footage will be edited, copied, and shared with an audience for educational and/or promotional purposes and will not be accessible to the public or modified for commercial distribution. Media captured may be used to support the development of PTC's online learning curriculum, auxiliary PTC educational dissemination, and PTC promotion.


Workshop Registration Information

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


Refund Policy

Refund requests received via email on or before May 27, 2023 will be granted less a $100 USD processing fee. You may also discuss sending a substitute. Refund requests received after May 27, 2023 will incur a $300 USD processing fee.

In the event that this workshop is canceled or postponed, the UC Postharvest Technology Center will fully refund registration fees. Please contact Pam Devine at for refund requests or more information.


Dr. Elizabeth J. Mitcham, Coordinator

Elizabeth Jeanne Mitcham

Dr. Beth Mitcham received a Ph.D. in Horticulture from the University of Maryland. She joined the University of California at Davis in 1992, and currently serves as Director of the Postharvest Technology Center and as Associate Director of the Horticulture Collaborative Research Program, promoting horticulture in developing countries. Dr. Mitcham leads an applied and fundamental research program focused on improving the quality of fruit for US consumers and the viability of the California produce industry. She works closely with the fruit industry in California to develop strategies for maintaining postharvest quality of fruit, especially apples, sweet cherries, pears, berries, pomegranates and nut crops.




Workshop Content Information

Dr Elizabeth J. Mitcham
Title: Director, Postharvest Center
Department of Plant Sciences,
One Shields Avenue
1047 Wickson Hall
Davis, CA 95616-8683
Phone: (530) 752-7512




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