Wageningen University 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 physiology, ripening and deterioration? Then this course might be something for you.

One-third of all harvested crops is lost during storage and distribution; often because of mismanagement and lack of knowledge of physiological processes that occur in plant products. Increasing globalisation requires long-term transport and the demand for high-quality products stresses the need for innovative and sustainable postharvest technologies. Prevention of postharvest losses is of major importance for global food and nutritional security.


The 2018 course participants.

Postharvest Technology course approach
This course gives participants an in-depth view on:

  • The latest insights in the biology of postharvest physiology, 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

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 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
The course leaders are prof. Dr. ir. E.J. (Ernst) Woltering and Dr. J.C. (Julian) Verdonk, Wageningen University & Research.

If you want more information about the course you can download the flyer here. If you are interested in applying for the course you can register here.


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