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BA-University of Minnesota, Botany, 1967
MS-Univercity of Minnesota, Botany, 1972
Ph.D.-Michigan State University, Botany and Horticulture, 1977
Professor in the Vegetable Crops Department, UC Davis. Teaching undergraduate
and graduate courses in plant physiology, and researching the physiological
effects of abiotic stresses (e.g., heat and chilling, low oxygen and elevated
carbon dioxide, and wounding).
Director of the UCD Postharvest Biology Program. (1990-Present)
Director of the UCD Mann Laboratory for Postharvest Research. (1989 - Present).
Associate Professor in the Vegetable Crops Department, UC Davis. (7/1989
Assistant Professor in the Vegetable Crops Department, UC Davis. (3/1983
Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at North
Carolina State University; Teaching graduate level postharvest plant physiology
courses, and researching the physiological and biochemical changes associated
with apple fruit maturation and ripening. (3/1978 - 3/1983).
Research Associate with Dr. Hans Kende at the DOE/MSU Plant Research Laboratory.
(9/1977 - 3/1978).
Research Botanist under the Presidential Internship Program of the NSF for
the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA, on a NASA funded program to
investigate the possibility of growing plants in outer space. (3/1972 - 8/1973).
My research program centers on the physiological effects of three major
abiotic stresses; physical injury (i.e., cutting, bruising and bending),
temperature extremes (i.e., heat shock and chilling), and altered gaseous
atmospheres (i.e., low oxygen and high carbon dioxide, and pollution with
ethylene). Besides being crucially important in many aspects of plant growth
and development, these abiotic stresses are the predominant causes of reduced
quality in harvested fruits and vegetables. Pathogens also reduce quality,
however, they usually can only successfully attack commodities weakened by
exposure to previous stresses. While at UCD, I have developed an internationally
recognized research program incorporating basic and applied physiological
studies of these abiotic stresses. My research activities have received two
awards from the American Society for Horticultural Science for the most outstanding
research paper on vegetable crops published by the Society in 1988 and in
My main teaching activities include the following courses: Vegetable Crops
212, the advanced lecture and laboratory course on the postharvest physiology
of vegetables; one half of Plant Science 112, the basic undergraduate course
in postharvest physiology and technology; one half of Plant Science 112L,
the laboratory course that complements Plant Science 112, Agriculture, Science
and the Environment 2, the introductory course for Plant Science majors.
I currently have three Ph.D students.
Abeles, F.B., P.W. Morgan and M.E. Saltveit. 1992. Ethylene in Plant Biology,
2nd Edition. Academic Press, xv, 414 p.
Shellie, K.C. and M.E. Saltveit. 1993. The lack of a respiratory rise in
muskmelon fruit ripening on the plant challenges the definition of climacteric
behavior. Journal of Experimental Botany 44(265): 1403-1406.
Collins, G.G., X.L. Nie, and M.E. Saltveit. 1995. Heat shock proteins and
chilling injury of mung bean hypocotyls. Journal of Experimental Botany 46:
Ritenour, M.A. and M.E. Saltveit. 1996. Identification of a Phenylalanine
Ammonia-lyase Inactivating Factor in Harvested Iceberg Lettuce (Lactuca sativa
L.). Physiologia Plantarum. 97(2): 327-331.
Saltveit, M.E. and M.E. Mangrich. 1996. Use of density measurements to study
the effect of excision, storage, abscisic acid and ethylene on the development
of pithiness in celery (Apium graveolens L.) petioles. Journal of the American
Society for Horticultural Science 121: 137-141.
1996. Physical and physiological changes in minimally processed fruits
and vegetables. In Phytochemistry of Fruit and
Vegetables. (Ed. F.A.
Tomás-Barberán) Oxford University Press. pp. 205-220.
Beaulieu, J.C., G. Peiser, and M.E. Saltveit. 1997. Acetaldehyde is a causal
agent responsible for ethanol-induced ripening inhibition in tomato fruit.
Plant Physiology. 113: 431-439.
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