This module will explore the postharvest chain for fresh produce, introducing you to the issues surrounding the maintenance of quality of this area of the food supply chain. Through three days of campus workshops at the University of Reading, you will be introduced to the science behind the common challenges facing producers, including temperature, atmosphere, and contamination risks. In addition, you will also explore concepts such as the influence of agronomy, the different biological factors stemming from different crop species, and the biotic and abiotic quality problems faced by fresh crops. With all of these issues in mind, you will then explore the processes and controls implemented to mitigate or eliminate these dangers to food quality after harvesting.
After completing the module you will have a robust understanding of the science behind the challenges, and solutions, to problems in maintaining quality for fresh produce, as well as a detailed appreciation for different technological solutions. As a result, you will be able to identify risk areas in a supply chain, to select appropriate solutions to those risks, and to develop solutions when the supply chain breaks down. This module has a broad range of applicability for anyone working with fresh produce, including growers, food processors, and retailers looking to improve their knowledge about maintaining postharvest food quality.
Professor Carol Wagstaff (Associate Professor in Crop Quality for Health, University of Reading)
Dr Jim Monaghan (Director of the Fresh Produce Research Centre, Harper Adams University)
Dr Ana Allande (Senior Researcher, Spanish National Research Council)
Simon Matthews (Director, AgriCoat NatureSeal)
Eric Duncan (Head of Food Science, Coveris High Performance Packaging)
Dr Angel Medina Vaya (Lecturer in Food Mycology, Cranfield University)
David Barney (Managing Director, Geo Fresh)
By completing this course participants will gain:
Areas covered will include:
AgriFood Training Partnership
The University of Reading
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