Dr. Yan Wang
Postharvest Physiology program research focuses on improving marketability and fruit quality of sweet cherry and European pear through postharvest chemical and non-chemical treatments, and the modification of temperature and atmospheric storage conditions. Elucidating the role of horticultural practices, nutrition, and climatic factors on postharvest disorders and fruit quality is also important. A fully automated pear packing line facility resides at MCAREC, allowing post-harvest handling of experimental fruit to closely resemble commercial practices. Additionally, the ability to isolate individual components of the packing line and investigate their effects on fruit quality serves as a valuable research tool.