Course Postharvest Technology


Online Course Postharvest Technology

Are you looking for an update on the latest technologies for storage, packaging and handling of fruit, vegetables, flowers and potted plants? Would you like to broaden and deepen your knowledge of postharvest physiology, ripening and deterioration? Then this online course is something for you. One-third of fresh horticultural products is lost during storage and distribution; often because of mismanagement and lack of knowledge of physiological processes in plants.The growing world wide demand for high quality products stresses the need for innovative postharvest technologies to reduce food loss and waste and secure sufficient and sustainable global market access.

Organised by Wageningen Academy
Location Online

This course will take place again in 2021.
You can already show your interest.

Why follow this online course?

After successfull completion of this course, you have learned:

  • The basic principles behind the factors and processes affecting postharvest quality.
  • How to apply this information in their daily practice by developing strategies to maintain postharvest quality.

This course is accredited for 6 PE-points by the NIVRE, the Dutch Institute for Register Experts, 2020 edition.

This course offered me a chance to refresh my knowledge on postharvest technology and get new insights and ideas for future practice. Next to that I realised that there are still possibilities to improve the daily processes in our company.
Bram van Mil, manager Marginpar BV, The Netherlands

For whom is this online course?

This online course is designed for technical professionals responsible for quality assurance, marketability, safety, research and extension activities related to fresh horticultural products. The target audience consists of professionals active in the breeding, production, logistics, trade and retail industry with a focus on postharvest quality control.

Programme and topics

This online course gives participants an in-depth view on:

  • Where & why food loss & waste occurs and how scalable and impactful interventions can be designed
  • The latest insights in the postharvest physiology, ripening and deterioration processes in fresh horticultural products (fruit, vegetables, flowers and potted plants)
  • The most important factors for measurement, evaluation and modelling of product quality and loss
  • Current technologies for storage, packaging and handling

The programme combines virtual classroom and interaction sessions with in between self-paced study blocks. The self-study learning materials incl. 15 hrs. of pre-recorded weblectures from Wageningen University & Research experts and UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center, knowledge and demo clips, course discussion platform for fellow student interaction, PDFs and self-tests of the learned concepts.

For an overview of the course topics you can look at the course schedule on the flyer.

Course leaders and experts

The course leaders are Prof. dr. ir. E.J. (Ernst) Woltering, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research and Dr. J.C. (Julian) Verdonk, Wageningen University, chair group Horticulture and Product Physiology. The team of involved experts from Wageningen University & Research and UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center is stated on the flyer.

Stay informed

The Online Course Postharvest Technology will take place again in 2021. By showing your interest, we will keep you informed about the programme. Questions? Contact the programme manager Monique Tulp-Jansen.