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Dr. Jeffrey K. Brecht

Office:1217 Fifield Hall
For more information, visit Dr. Brecht's website. 

University of Florida Research Foundation Professor

Areas of Research:

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis, CA (1984)
  • B.S., Whittier College, Whittier, CA (1979)

Teaching Responsibilities

Extension Program

  • Demonstrating the effects of postharvest procedures on maintenance of product quality
  • Extension of postharvest information through presentations at extension and industry meetings


  • Director, UF/IFAS Research Center for Food Distribution & Retailing, University of Florida, (2004 to present)
  • University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, Postharvest Physiology and Horticulture, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida (2002-05 and 2008-11)
  • Professor, Postharvest Physiology and Horticulture, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida (1995 to present)
  • Associate Professor, Postharvest Physiology and Horticulture, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida (1989 to 1995)
  • Assistant Professor, Postharvest Physiology and Horticulture, Vegetable Crops Department, University of Florida (1984 to 1989)

International Experience

  • National Mango Board – August 2013-May 2015. Managing a multi-institution, multi-country project to determine the cause of the fruit disorder, corte negro, in collaboration with the mango exporters associations, FME (Ecuador) and APEM (Peru).
  • USAID Hort CRSP – July 2013-August 2014. Developing postharvest outreach and education materials for fruit & vegetable producers in Central America that target audiences at different levels of knowledge from subsistence to commercial producers and college students.
  • National Mango Board Outreach Programs in Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, and Peru; 2011-16.
  • National Mango Board – October 2007-April 2009. Managed a multi-institution, multi-country project to evaluate the mango distribution system from the producing countries (Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru) to the U.S. retail level, in collaboration with colleagues from University of California, Brazil, Guatemala and Mexico.
  • Instructor in International Workshops and Short Courses: Spain, Italy and Greece, 2005; Italy, 2007; Spain, 2008; Spain, 2009; Columbia, 2010; Spain, 2011; Spain and Germany, 2012
  • USAID IDEA – October 2005. Evaluating production, harvesting, handling and processing of loroco in El Salvador. 
  • USDA-FAS Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program  - hosted and subsequently mentored over the next 2 years a young scientist from Ghana, 2004-2006
  • USAID AERI Institutional Capacity Building activities – Jan. and Sept.-Oct. 2004; Sept. 2005. Working with Faculties of Agriculture at six universities in Upper Egypt to reform and strengthen their curricula and teaching methods to better prepare graduates for careers; reviewing and overseeing horticulture grant projects.

Recent Honors and Awards

  • Honorary Member of the Florida State Horticultural Society, 2014
  • University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, 2008 (previously named in 2002)
  • Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science, 2006.
  • Outstanding Extension Materials Award, Video Category, ASHS, 2006, for "Worker Health and Hygiene Training Manual for Florida Produce Industry."

Program Personnel

  • Kim Cordasco, Senior Biologist
  • Dr. Mildred Makani, Postdoctoral Associate
  • Ferdous Chowdhury, Graduate Student
  • Craig Frey, Graduate Student
  • Zilfina Rubio, Graduate Student

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Brecht, J.K. and E.M. Yahia. 2016. Harvesting and Postharvest Technology of Mango. In: Handbook of Mango Fruit:  Production, Postharvest Science, Processing Technology and Nutrition, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Co., Ames, Iowa (In press).
  • Yahia, E.M. and J.K. Brecht. 2012. Tomatoes, p. 18-51. In: D. Rees, J.E. Orchard and G. Farrell (eds.). Crop post-harvest: Science and technology Volume 3: Perishables. Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
  • Aguilar, G. A., A. A. Kader, J. K. Brecht, and P. M. A. Toivonen. 2011. Fresh-cut tropical and sub-tropical fruit products, p. 381-418. In: E. M. Yahia (ed.). Postharvest biology & technology of tropical and sub-tropical fruits. Woodhead Publ., Ltd., Cambridge, UK
  • Simonne, A.H., C.N. Nunes and J.K. Brecht. 2011. Tomato and other Solanaceous fruits, p. 321-351. In: L. Terry (ed.). Health-promoting properties of fruits and vegetables. CABI, Wallingford, U.K.
  • Brecht, J.K. 2009. Vegetables, p. 445-461. In: E.M. Yahia (ed.). Modified and controlled atmospheres for the storage, transportation, and packaging of horticultural commodities. Taylor & Francis, London.
  • Brecht, J.K. and E.M. Yahia. 2009. Postharvest physiology, p. 484-528. In: R.E. Litz (ed.). The Mango, Botany, Production and Uses, 2nd ed., CABI, Wallingford, U.K.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Brecht, J.K., M.C.N. Nunes, J.P. Émond, I. Uysal, J. Wells, and J. Saenz. 2015. Reducing strawberry waste and losses in the postharvest supply chain via intelligent distribution management. Acta Hort. (In press)
  • Li, P., X. Zheng, M.G.F. Chowdhury, K. Cordasco, and J.K. Brecht. 2015. Pre-storage application of oxalic acid to alleviate chilling injury in mango fruit. HortScience 50:1795-1800.
  • Osuna-Garcia, J.A., J.K. Brecht, D.J. Huber, and Y. Nolasco-Gonzalez. 2015. Aqueous 1-methylcyclopropene to delay ripening of ‘Kent’ mango with or without quarantine hot water treatment. HortScience 25:349-357.
  • Wang, L., E.A. Baldwin, W. Zhao, A. Plotto, X. Sun, Z. Wang, J. Brecht, J. Bai, and Z. Yu. 2015. Suppression of volatile production in tomato fruit exposed to chilling temperature and alleviation of chilling injury by a pre-chilling heat treatment. LWT-Food Science and Technology 62:115-121.
  • Dea, S., J.K. Brecht, M.C.N. Nunes, and E.A. Baldwin. 2013. Optimal ripeness stage for processing mangoes into fresh-cut slices. HortTechnology 23:12-23.
  • Biswas, P., A.R. East, J.K. Brecht, E.W. Hewett, and J.A. Heyes. 2012. Intermittent warming during low temperature storage reduces tomato chilling injury. Postharvest Biol. Technol. 74:71-78.
  • Kao, M.W.S., J.K. Brecht, J.G. Williamson, and D.J. Huber. 2012. Ripening development and quality of melting and non-melting flesh peach cultivars. HortScience 47:879-885.
  • Macnish, A.J., M.S. Padda, F. Pupin, P.I. Tsouvaltzis, A.I. Deltsidis, C.A. Sims, J.K. Brecht, and E.J. Mitcham. 2012. Comparison of pallet cover systems to maintain strawberry fruit quality during transport. HortTechnology 22:493-501.
  • Bai, J., E.A. Baldwin, Y. Imahori, I. Kostenyuk, J. Burns, and J. K. Brecht. 2011. Chilling and heating may regulate C6 volatile aroma production by different mechanisms in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) fruit. Postharvest Biol. Technol. 60:111-120.
  • Pelletier, W., J.K. Brecht, M.C.N. Nunes, and J.-P. Émond. 2011. Quality of strawberries shipped by truck from California to Florida as influenced by postharvest temperature management practices. HortTechnology 21:482-493.
  • Tsouvaltzis, P., A.I. Deltsidis, and J.K. Brecht. 2011. Hot water treatment and pre-processing storage reduce browning development in fresh-cut potato slices. HortScience 46:1282-1286.
  • Dea, S., J.K. Brecht, M.C.N. Nunes, and E.A. Baldwin. 2010. Occurrence of chilling injury in fresh-cut ‘Kent’ mangoes. Postharvest Biol. Technol. 57:61-71.
  • Dea, S., J.K. Brecht, M.C.N. Nunes, and E.A. Baldwin. 2010. Quality of fresh-cut ‘Kent’ mango slices prepared from hot water or non hot water treated fruit. Postharvest Biol. Technol. 56:171-180.