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Postharvest Physiology
Gordon Research Conference


July 12-17, 1998


Plymouth State College
Plymouth, NH


Donald Grierson

Vice Chair:
Michael S. Reid

Meeting Program

Introduction - Sunday 7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
Topic: Understanding how ripening is controlled
Discussion Leader: Don Grierson

Don Grierson
Plant Science Division
University of Nottingham
What do we know about ripening and what do we want to find out?
James Giovannoni
Texas A&M University
Genetic regulation of signal transduction and developmental systems contributing to tomato fruit ripening
Session I - Monday - 9:00 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.
Topic: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Ripening
Discussion Leader: Graham Seymour, Horticulture Research International, Wellesbourne, UK

Mondher Bouzayen
Toulouse, France
Ethylene-responsive genes and fruit ENSAT ripening

Conference Group Photograph 10 A.M.

Ken Manning
Horticulture Research Institute
Wellesbourne, UK
Ripening-related genes of strawberry and their possible relationship to fruit quality
Chris Davies
South Australia
Studies on the molecular biology of grape berry ripening
Dave Smith
Role of ß-galactosidase in tomato fruit ripening
POSTER SESSION A - Monday - 4.30 P.M. - 6.00 P.M.

Session II - Monday - 7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
Topic: Flower Development and Senescence
Discussion leader: Michael Reid, University of California, Davis

Michelle Jones
Colarado State University
Fort Collins
Ethylene regulated-gene expression during flower senescence
Wouter van Doorn
The Netherlands
Senescence and abscission of petals
Sonia Philosoph-Hadas
Volcani Centre
Bet Dagan
Regulation of the gravitropic response of cut flowers by calcium antagonists and hormonal action
Session III - Tuesday - 9:00 A.M. - 12.15 P.M.
Topic: Regulation of Ripening and Senescence in Fruits, Vegetables and Flowers
Discussion leader: Tony Bleecker, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Tony Bleecker
Structure, function and evolutionary origin of the ethylene receptor ETR1
Harry Klee
University of Florida
Understanding and manipulating the ethylene receptor gene family for postharvest usage
Edward Sisler
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina
Compounds interacting with the ethylene receptor
Ian Wilson
University of Nottingham
United Kingdom
Ethylene signalling during ripening
POSTER SESSION B - Tuesday - 4.30 P.M. - 6.00 P.M.

Session: IV - Tuesday - 7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
Topic: Flavour, Texture and Phytonutrients in Fruits and Vegetables
Discussion leader: Wolfgang Schuch, Zeneca Plant Science, Bracknell, UK

Wolfgang Schuch
Bracknell, UK
Consumer benefits in fresh tomatoes : Zeneca Plant Science improved flavour and nutrition
Dean DellaPenna
University of Nevada
Reno, Nevada
Nutritional genomics : Vitamin E synthesis as an example
Jocelyn Rose
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia
New targets for improving fruit texture
Ken Shackel
University of California
Davis, California
The importance of cellular turgor pressure in determining tissue firmness
Session: V - Wednesday - 9:00 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.
Topic: Wounding, Chilling and Physiological DisordersSusan Lurie, Volcani Centre, Bet Dagan, Israel>

Susan Lurie
Volcani Centre
Bet Dagan
Heat treatment as a means of manipulating postharvest behaviour
Jean-Claude Pech
Toulouse, France
Postharvest behaviour of antisense ACO cantaloupe charentais melons
Maggie Smallwood
University of York
United Kingdom
Plant antifreeze proteins
Mikal Saltveit
University of California
Interactions among abiotic stresses
Session VI - Wednesday - 7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
Topic: Defense Responses and Resistance to Pathogens
Discussion leader: Chris Lamb, The Salk Institute, San Diego

Chris Lamb
The Salk Institute
San Diego
ROI and NO signalling in plant disease resistance
Xiji Xia
The Salk Institute
Activation tagging for enhanced disease resistance
Dov Prusky
Volcani Centre
Bet Dagan
Mechanism of defense of avocado fruit to Colletotrichum attack
Session VII - Thursday - 9:00 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.
Topic: Preservation, Quality and Safety of Fresh and Lightly Processed Products
Discussion leader: Marita Cantwell De-Trejo, University of California, Davis

Art Cameron
Michigan State University
MA packaging of fresh-cut products - Volatile production and quality changes
Margaret Barth
Redi-Cut Foods Inc
Quality aspects of fresh-cut products
Robert Brackett
University of Georgia
Microbiological safety of minimally processed produce
Irwin Goldman
Department of Horticulture
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Factors affecting food functionality of horticultural crops
Session VIII - Thursday - 7:30 P.M. - 9.30 P.M.
Topic: New Technologies and Challenges for the Developed and Developing Worlds
Discussion leader: Adel Kader, University of California, Davis

Eduardo Kerbel
Dole Fresh Fruit International
Miami, Florida
Current status and developments in controlled/modified atmospheres during transport : challenges and implications on fresh fruits
William Conway
Postharvest integrated pest management for disease and insect control
Jim Gorny
Davis Postharvest Consulting
Davis, California
Developing postharvest opportunities
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