The Center was founded in 1978 by Adel Kader with the goal of organizing and coordinating knowledge transfer regarding reduction of postharvest losses and improving the quality and marketability of fresh horticultural products. The research findings disseminated during this era by Kader and a cadre of colleagues is the cornerstone and foundation for our current year-round supply and global sourcing of quality fresh and minimally-processed produce and cut flowers.

Our mission today is to remain a leading source of information on quality, safety and marketability of fresh produce and to sustain the viability of the Center for the next generation of scientists and practitioners. Our immediate goal is to broaden the level of involvement among our basic, applied and extension faculty and use the PTC platform to distill, translate, and disseminate emerging technology advancements to a broader industry and affiliated stakeholder audience.

Postharvest Center News

COVID19 Food Safety

Postharvest Technology Center Specialist Erin DiCaprio, with the Department of Food Science and Technology at UC Davis, has prepared an important fact sheet What do food handlers need to know about coronavirus infectious disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the associated virus, SARS-CoV-2? that answers the following questions:

  1. Is there potential for the virus to be transmitted through food?
  2. What can food handlers do?
  3. What can food business owners/managers do?
  4. What are disinfection strategies for non-health care settings?
  5. Where can you find more information about COVID-19?
Erin DiCaprio


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UC Postharvest Center Delivers

UC Postharvest Center Delivers

The Postharvest Center’s mission is to reduce produce losses and improve produce quality, safety and marketability. We have many valuable and free resources on our website and our team is asking for your help to keep them freely accessible to all.

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Good Morning America

Elizabeth Mitcham– Postharvest Pomologist at UC Davis is on Good Morning America discussing about can ‘ugly’ produce help you save money on groceries? Check it out!

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