Horticultural Sciences Department

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Postharvest Biology and Technology


Ever wonder how Florida fruit and vegetable growers manage to ship their fresh crops all over the country and around the world?

Along with the UF/IFAS Center for Food Distribution and Retailing, the Postharvest Biology and Technology programs address many aspects of physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology of fruits and vegetables during storage, shipping, and marketing, with the goal of supplying the highest quality product to consumers. 

See below for more information on specific research programs.

  • Jeffrey Brecht – Postharvest biology; UF/IFAS Center for Food Distribution & Retailing
  • Jacqueline Burns – Physiological process related to abscission and harvesting; deterioration of citrus fruit quality during handling, shipping and storage
  • Ed Etxeberria – Sugar uptake, transport, accumulation in plant cells; effect of water deficit on citrus fruit quality; alternative methods of fruit labeling
  • Donald Huber- Senescence biology, low-temperature injury, programmed cell death of harvested fruits and vegetables, fruit softening, ethylene-action inhibition
  • Mark Ritenour – Postharvest physiology and handling of citrus and vegetables
  • Steven Sargent – Integrated research to improve Florida horticultural crop postharvest quality; emphasis on technologies to reduce quality loss and increase harvest efficiency.