Postharvest Technology Course


Postharvest Technology Course

Are you looking for an update on the latest technologies for storage, packaging and handling of fresh horticultural products? Would you like to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the biology of postharvest development, ripening and deterioration? Then this course might be something for you. 35% of all harvested crops is lost during storage and distribution. Increasing globalisation necessitates long-term transport and the demand for high quality products stresses the need for innovative and sustainable postharvest technologies. Prevention of postharvest losses therefore is of major importance for global food and nutritional security.

Organised by Wageningen Academy, Horticulture & Product Physiology Group, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research

Tue 8 October 2019 until Fri 11 October 2019

Duration 4 days
Setup Campus WUR

Postharvest technology course our approach

This course gives participants an in-depth view on:
• The latest insights in the biology of postharvest development, ripening and deterioration processes in fresh horticultural produce.
• The most important factors for measurement, evaluation and modelling of product quality and loss.
• Current technologies for storage, packaging and handling.
• Promising new postharvest technologies e.g. Robotica, LED-light treatments, Big data for quality prediction.

The course offers a mix of lectures, discussions, demonstrations at research facility Phenomea for postharvest research and agro food robotics and excursions. The lectures are given by a team of experts from Wageningen University & Research and UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center.

Target audience

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

Course deliverables

The aim of this course is for participants to learn the basic principles behind the factors and processes affecting postharvest quality and understand how to apply this information in their daily practice by developing strategies to maintain postharvest quality.

Course leaders

Course leader Ernst Woltering, Wageningen Food and Biobased Research. Ernst Woltering has a life-long experience in postharvest research on cut flowers, potted plants, fruit and vegetables, both at the fundamental as well as applied levels. His main focus is on quality of fruit and (fresh-cut) vegetables in the distribution chain and on technological developments to improve quality and shelf life of fresh produce. Ernst also teaches “postharvest physiology and quality” in the Wageningen University master course Greenhouse Horticulture.

Course leader Julian Verdonk, Horticulture and Product Physiology at the Plant Sciences group of Wageningen University. Julian Verdonk is a plant molecular biologist who has worked in the USA, Florida and Wisconsin, as well as in Chile after his PhD from the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on various plant physiological research topics, mostly on natural products (secondary metabolites) and postharvest quality, but also on the influence that preharvest conditions have on quality. Julian also coordinates the postharvest physiology course in the MSc program of Wageningen University, and teaches about postharvest quality and plant molecular biology in several other courses.