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Postharvest Knowledge for the Future

Sponsored by the ISHS Commission Quality & Postharvest Horticulture

The International Symposium on “Postharvest knowledge for the future” will be held in Brisbane, Australia in 2014 during the International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014).

Advances in postharvest science and technology are responsible for taking the world’s horticultural products and making them available to the world.

Horticultural products vary widely in their inherent storage life and their sensitivity to postharvest challenges. In this Symposium we want to bring together the best minds with the brightest ideas for the next generation of postharvest advances. There will be ideas suited to reducing food wastage in developing countries using appropriate technologies; and ideas relating to optimising technologies for maximal value extraction from crops in the developed world, or tailoring products after harvest for different consumer groups.

Potential sessions include:

  • preharvest factors and harvest maturity
  • postharvest quality
  • engineering & mechanisation
  • non-destructive quality assessment
  • flavour biology and perception
  • consumers and marketing
  • -omics and disorders
  • novel postharvest treatments
  • CA, MA and risk management
  • fresh cut and processing
  • postharvest pests and diseases
  • supply chain management
  • energy saving innovation in postharvest

This symposium will be an informative, interactive and thought-provoking mixture of ideas and new developments in postharvest science. An enjoyable and eclectic mix of session topics, presentations and posters will allow the exchange of new ideas in this ever-changing horticultural, regulatory and consumer world. Key speakers in new and exciting directions of postharvest will be the highlight of the symposium. Another key feature will be the opportunities for interaction with new and not-so-new colleagues and friends from around the world.

The 2014 Postharvest Symposium Organising Committee welcomes you to Brisbane in August 2014.


Dr Julian Heyes is Professor of Postharvest Technology and Director of the Centre for Postharvest and Refrigeration Research at Massey University. Julian is one of the three Council members of ISHS for New Zealand and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science.

Dr John Golding is a postharvest physiologist working with NSW Department of Primary Industries in Australia. John works on the market access disinfestation and postharvest in a range of fruits and vegetables and is also a conjoint at the University of Newcastle in Australia.

Dr. Peter M.A. Toivonen is a Postharvest Physiologist, who from 1989 has been working with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada. He has had responsibility over a varied series of research topics ranging from vegetables, to small fruits, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables and tree fruits (sweet cherries, apples, and stone fruits). Dr. Toivonen is the current vice-chair for the ISHS Commission Quality and Postharvest. His current research activities are; 1) implications of wound-associated metabolism on the microbial safety of fresh-cut vegetables, 2) phenotyping of new apple and sweet cherry cultivars for postharvest characteristics, and 3) logistics and quality management of sweet cherries destined for containerized sea shipment.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Umezuruike Linus Opara is a full Research Professor and holds the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Postharvest Technology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, where he has established a new Postharvest Technology Research Laboratory. Previously, he was vice dean for postgraduate studies and research and director of the agricultural experiment station at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman and Programme Director of Engineering Technology at Massey University, New Zealand. His research activities focus on innovative postharvest technologies to maintain the cold chain and quality of fresh produce. Prof. Opara is a Chartered Engineer, Certified Food Scientist, Chair of Section VI (Postharvest Technology & Process Engineering) of the International Commission on Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering and Chair-Elect for Section Vegetables (SEVR) of the ISHS. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Postharvest Technology & Innovation, Associate Editor Journal of South Pacific Agriculture, Regional Editor of Food, Agriculture & Environment and Co-operating Editor of Agricultural Mechanisation in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Scientific Committee

  • Asgar Ali (Malaysia)
  • Cassandro Amarante (Brazil)
  • David Brummell (New Zealand)
  • Marita Cantwell (USA)
  • Andrew East (New Zealand)
  • Peter Hofman (Australia)
  • Jason Johnston (New Zealand)
  • Angelos Kanellis (Greece)
  • Sirichai Kanlayanarat (Thailand)
  • Sisir Mitra (India)
  • Bart Nicolai (Belgium)
  • Linus Opara (South Africa)
  • Leon Terry (United Kingdom)
  • Pietro Tonutti (Italy)
  • Daniel Valero (Spain)
  • Allan Woolf (New Zealand) . sexybaccarat