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? Than this 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 secure sufficient and sustainable global market access.
Why follow this 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 your daily practice by developing strategies to maintain postharvest quality.
For whom is this course?
This 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
The course offers a mix of lectures, excursions, demonstrations, and ample
time for discussions and questions. Together you will explore the future
• Where & why food loss & waste occurs and how scalable & impactful
interventions can be designed.
• 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.