Postharvest Practices Research

The Postharvest Practices Research program will generate new knowledge to minimize postharvest losses through the mango supply chain in the U.S. It includes the following projects:

MANGO IRRIGATION
  • Evaluate the impact of different water quantities at different phenological stages to maximize yield, reduce alternate bearing, and increase water efficacy
PARTHENOCARPIC FRUIT
  • Increase productivity and quality of Ataulfo mangos, through the study and validation of techniques related to plant growth regulators on flowering, fruit set, and fruit development in Nayarit, Chiapas, and Guerrero
  • ​ Develop and validate a mathematical model under different environmental conditions in order to identify strategies to face future climate variability
STRATEGIES TO PREVENT IRREGULAR FLOWERING
  • Increase the productivity and quality of mango for exportation using an integrated management of pruning, nutrition and the use of growth regulators that are friendly to the environment and to human health
TECHNOLOGIES TO EXTEND THE SHELF LIFE OF MANGOS (LIT. REV.)
  • Conduct a literature review on technologies and/or products that can extent the shelf life of mangos (Ex. MAP, CA, Edipeel, Liquidseal, Waxes, Others Edible Coating, Ethylene absorbers, Ozone, 1MCP, etc.)
MANGO PACKINGHOUSE PROTOCOL
  • Development of a mango packinghouse protocol to deliver a consistent good quality of mangos
MANGO FRESH-CUT PROGRAM
  • Provide technical assistance to fresh-cut industry to improve fresh-cut quality
  • Determine the impact of a fresh-cut mango program on mango consumption and assess the technical feasibility of implementing the program
RIPE/READY TO EAT MANGOS
  • Determine the impact of a mango ripening program on mango consumption and to assess the technical feasibility of implementing the program
  • Quantify the impact of a mango ripening program on mango sales and volume at the importer and retail level
  • Sponsor UC-Davis ripeness course
  • Conduct webinars to disseminate the ripening and mango handling information
  • Assess the technical feasibility of implementing a mango ripening program considering:
    • Identify retailers and importers that are willing to participate in the ripening program
    • Audit and evaluate the ripening room installations
    • Evaluate and validate the ripening protocol at different times of the mango season by variety and country
    • Assess all the technical factors that can affect the success of the mango ripening program
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