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 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.
Registration deadline: 15 September 2020
Early-bird discount: register before 15 July 2020 and receive EUR 195 discount.
Why follow this course?
The aim of this course is for participants to:
- Learn the basic principles behind the factors and processes affecting postharvest quality.
- Understand how to apply this information in their 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
This course gives participants an in-depth view on:
- 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 course offers a mix of lectures, excursions, demonstrations and ample time for discussions and questions. Demonstrations will be held at WUR postharvest research facility Phenomea.
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 lectures are given by a team of experts from Wageningen University & Research and UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center.
More information & registration
You can or . Questions? Contact the programme manager Monique Tulp-Jansen.