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Lab Members & Research Collaborators

Lab Members: 

Ramadhani Majubwa. Ramadhani is a PhD candidate evaluating the effect of various rootstocks and de-greening treatments on the postharvest quality of mandarin.  He received a B.S. in Horticulture and M.S. in Crop Science from the Solcoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania.

Mildred Makani.   Mildred is a Postdoc currently working on peach postharvest temperature management.  She completed her PhD at UF in 2015 on the effects of storage conditions on suberization and quality of fresh market potatoes.  She recieved her undergraduate degree in 2003 in Plant Science from the University of Zimbabwe.  In 2010 she completed her M.S. degree from the University of Florida involving lenticel development on fresh market potato.

Adrian Berry.  Adrian is the Sr. Biological Scientist for the lab. She graduated from U.F. in 2002 with a M.S. in Horticulture and a minor in Plant Pathology. Her duties include overseeing daily laboratory activities and lab personnel.

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Research Collaborators:

Celso L. Moretti, PhD.  Celso is the center director of the EMBRAPA National Vegetable Crop Research Center in Brasilia, Brazil. A postharvest researcher, Dr. Moretti also teaches and advises graduate students at the National University of Brasilia. Since 2006,  he has been a courtesy professor at the University of Florida in the Horticultural Sciences Department. His research focus is in postharvest physiology and technology and his areas of interest include quality, fresh cut storage, food safety, traceability, bioactive compounds. He and Dr. Sargent collaborate on many different projects, including the annual UF-IFAS/Embrapa Postharvest Technical Tour.

Marcio Pereira, PhD.  Marcio is currently working for the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation - Embrapa as a researcher in Postharvest Physiology and Handling of Tropical Fruits. He received a Ph.D. from UF in 2010, where he investigated the effects of ethylene and 1-MCP on volatile compounds and sensory attributes of avocado fruit.  He received a M.S. in Plant Science in 1999 from the Universidade Federal de Vicosa in Brazil.

Angelo P. Jacomino, PhD.  Angelo is a professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. His research focus is Fruit Crops and Postharvest Physiology and Technology of Fruits and Vegetables.  He conducted research at UF for 1yr involving strawberry hydrocooling and papaya ripening.   Curriculum vitae

Marcelo Carnelossi, PhD.  Marcelo is a professor at the Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil. His research focus is Fresh Cut Vegetables and Postharvest Physiology and Technology of Fruits and Vegetables and Processing Technology of Vegetables. He is currently working at UF to develop methods for hydrocooling fresh strawberries and to study the physiological changes of fresh cut vegetables in mixed salads.