Dr. Yan Wang
Assistant Professor, Postharvest Physiology
Dr. Yu Dong
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Postharvest Physiology
Postdoctoral Research of Postharvest Physiology
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.