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Postharvest Physiology
Gordon Research Conference


August 4-9, 2002


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA


Michael S. Reid

Vice Chair:
Christopher B. Watkins


College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis
Department of Horticulture, Cornell University
USDA, Agricultural Research Service
American Floral Endowment
AgroFresh, Inc., Division of Rohm & Haas
Floralife, Inc.

Meeting Program

7:30 - 9:30 pm Genomics and proteomics in postharvest biology
Discussion Leader: Don Grierson (Nottingham University, UK)
Speaker: Jim Giovannoni (USDA-ARS/BTI, Cornell University)
Genomics in postharvest biology - new tools, new discoveries
Respondent: Nurit Katzir (Volcani Institute, ARO, Israel)
Speaker: Jocelyn Rose (Cornell University)
Proteomics analysis of fruit ripening
Respondent: Ann Powell (University of California, Davis)
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:45 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmRegulation of ripening and senescence
Discussion Leader: Jean-Claude Pech (University of Toulouse, INRA/ENSAT, France)
Speaker: Jimmy Botella (University of Queensland, Australia)
Non-Climacteric ripening: The good, the bad and the ugly (truth)
Respondent: Albert Purvis (The University of Georgia)
Speaker: Russell Jones (University of California, Berkeley)
Reactive Oxygen, Viability and Cell Death in Cereal Aleurone
Speaker: Harry Klee (University of Florida)
Climacteric ripening
Respondent: Vasantha Rupasinghe (University of Guelph, Canada)
Speaker: Ernst Woltering (ATO Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Plant Apoptosis: About the Bullets and the Gun
Respondent: Jocelyn Eason (New Zealand Institute for Crop & Food Research)
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 - 9:30 pmGenetic and chemical technologies for ethylene control
Discussion Leader: Margrethe Serek (University of Hanover, Germany)
Speaker: Randolph Beaudry (Michigan State University)
1-Methylcyclopropene: One ring to rule them all?
Respondent: Robert Saftner (USDA Agricultural Research Service)
Speaker: Edward Sisler (North Carolina State University)
New chemistries
Respondent: Harlow Warner (AgroFresh, Inc.)
Speaker: Caren Chang (University of Maryland)
Molecular mechanisms of ethylene receptor action
Respondent: Kathleen Brown (Pennsylvania State University)
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmGenetic approaches to improving postharvest performance
Discussion Leader: Ian Ferguson (HortResearch, Auckland, New Zealand)
Speaker: Asaph Aharoni (Wageningen, The Netherlands)
Fruit Flavour Genes: From Gene Expression to Metabolic Pathways
Respondent: Bruno Defilippi (University of California, Davis)
Speaker: Roger Harker (HortResearch, Auckland, New Zealand)
Respondent: John Labavitch (University of California, Davis)
Speaker: Graham King (Horticulture Research International, UK)
Resolving genetic components of variation for texture
Respondent: Greg McCollum (USDA Agricultural Research Service)
Speaker: Henrik Stotz (Oregon State University)
Plant resistance to necrotrophic fungal pathogens
Respondent: Ron Porat (Volcani Center, ARO, Israel)
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 - 9:30 pm Non-chemical tools in postharvest technology
Discussion Leader: John Fellman (Washington State University)
Speaker: Samir Droby (The Volcani Center, Israel)
Biological control of postharvest diseases: advances and challenges
Respondent: Mary Lu Arpaia (University of California, Davis)
Speaker: Herman Peppelenbos (ATO Wageningen, The Netherlands)
Controlling the Atmosphere
Respondent: Art Cameron (Michigan State University)
Speaker: Allan Woolf (HortResearch, Auckland, New Zealand)
Exploiting Temperature: illustrations using Avocado
Respondent: Mikal Saltveit (University of California, Davis)
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCritical issues in postharvest technology
Discussion Leader: John Faragher (Dept of Natural Resources and Environment, Australia)
Speaker: Véronique Bellon-Maurel (Cemagref, France)
Non-destructive quality measurement
Respondent: Arthur Cameron (Michigan State University)
Speaker: Josse DeBaerdemaeker (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
Mechanization of postharvest handling
Respondent: Eugene Kupferman (Washington State University)
Speaker: Beth Mitcham (University of California, Davis)
Advances in Quarantine Research
Respondent: Christian Chervin (Toulouse University, France)
Speaker: Robert Premier (Dept of Natural Resources and Environment, Australia)
Food safety
Respondent: Adel Kader (University of California, Davis)
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 - 9:30 pm Postharvest challenges around the world
Discussion Leader: Marita Cantwell (University of California, Davis)
Speaker: Luis Luchsinger (University of Chile)
Present and new trends in postharvest research and technology in Latin America
Respondent: Eduardo Kerbel (Dole Fresh Fruit International)
Speaker: Francois Mazaud (Postharvest Management Group, FAO, Rome)
How to improve the efficincy of the postharvest system: an FAO approach
Respondent: Vinod Kochhar (Nat'l Botanical Research Institute, India)
Speaker: Tie-Jin Ying (Zhejiang University, China)
Current research focuses and strategies on postharvest handling of perishables in China
Respondent: Jingtair Siriphanich (Kasetsart University, Thailand)
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCrop postharvest physiology
Discussion Leader: Robert Paull (University of Hawaii)
Speaker: Stanley Kays (University of Georgia)
Roots and tubers postharvest physiology
Respondent: Sophia Biemelt (IPK, Gatersleben, Germany)
Speaker: Susheng Gan (University of Kentucky)
Integrated analysis of leaf senescence
Respondent: Evy Mathas (Horticulture Research Int'l, UK)
Speaker: Don Hunter (University of California, Davis)
Flower physiology and senescence
Respondent: Shimon Meir (Volcani Center, ARO, Israel)
Speaker: Pietro Tonutti (University of Padua, Italy)
Fruit postharvest physiology
Respondent: David Dilley (Michigan State University
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 - 9:30 pmNutritional genomics and postharvest biology
Discussion Leader: Angelos Kanellis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
Speaker: Steffen Abel (University of California, Davis)
Respondent: Robert Premier (Dept. of Natural Resources & Environment, Australia)
Speaker: Nicholas Smirnoff (University of Exeter, UK)
Ascorbic acid biosynthesis
Respondent: Beata Wolucka (University of Gent, Belgium)
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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