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Modern Postharvest Technology


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£750.00
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Cranfield University, Cranfield, MK43 0AL, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

2 day course

27th & 28th November 2014

Course overview

This short course will  provide an overview of the fundamentals of modern postharvest technology. It is concerned with postharvest physiology of various crop types, their biochemistry and associated issues of ripening and quality. The short course will look particularly at preservation methods that can be employed in the postharvest situation, including the cool chain, packaging, ethylene and specialist treatments.

The short course will also consider aspects of health promoting properties of different commodities, and the influence of storage on these properties.

Finally it will consider aspects of waste and waste management.

This course is assessed by means of a case study assignment where knowledge learned in the course will be applied by delegates to a specific relevant workplace scenario.

No pre-reading.

Course description

Day 1

  • Fundamentals
  • Non-destructive technologies
  • Current trends in postharvest biology and technology
  • Case study - nectarines
  • Fundamentals - ethylene

Day 2

  • Waste and resource mapping
  • Group task
  • Fundamentals - temperature and gaseous composition
  • Health promoting properties of apples
  • Postharvest clinic
  • Laboratory tour
  • Feedback session.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a conceptual awareness of the key principles of postharvest storage, with an emphasis on the changes occurring in stored communities
  • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the importance of specific preservation methods in postharvest practice, including their advantages and limitations
  • Comment critically on health promoting properties of a range of products, and relate these to postharvest storage practice
  • Demonstrate a conceptual awareness of the issues surrounding waste and resource mapping, and their links with future food sustainability
  • Participate in the discourse on postharvest technology and the role that this stage plays in the supply of food in the modern world.



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