Postharvest handling

Would You Eat Ugly Produce? Beth Mitcham Explains Quality

October 14, 2019
Postharvest specialist Beth Mitcham, a faculty member in the Plant Sciences department at UC Davis, compares quality and cost of “imperfect” fruits and vegetables to store-bought produce. She notes that imperfect produce can be just as good, less expensive, and reduce food waste. VIDEO: Good Morning America.

Precooling Vegetables in California Production (video #16 of 26)

August 27, 2019
Cooling vegetables just after harvest prolongs shelf life and maintains quality. Most California vegetables are precooled before shipment using Cold air, Cold water, Ice, and/or Vacuum. Several of these were developed at UC Davis in the 1970s and 1980s in Plant Sciences, and in Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

Florence Zakharov: New Director of UC Postharvest Technology Center

January 31, 2019
Professor Florence Zakharov is the new director of the Postharvest Technology Center. She has been involved with the center since joining the faculty in 2006. She believes in the ‘cross-fertilization’ between industry and academia.