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October 13, 2014



ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture Series presents Elizabeth Mitcham

By Tawny Ochs and C.B. Rajashekar

The ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture Series and Eleni Pliakoni in the horticulture forestry and recreation department present Elizabeth Mitcham at 4 p.m. Oct. 14 in 2024 Throckmorton Hall. Mitchum will present "The Role of Horticulture in the Feed the Future Initiative."

Mitcham has served as director of the Postharvest Technology Center at the University of California, Davis since 2010. She maintains a very active program, which also includes serving as director of the horticulture collaborative research support program and as a postharvest pomologist and cooperative extension specialist with the plant sciences department at University of California, Davis. The focus of her research and extension program is the postharvest biology and technology of fruits, especially apples, pears, cherries strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, as well as almonds and walnuts.

In addition to studies on harvest maturity, storage conditions a flavor quality, her program focuses on regulation of fruit ripening and cellular regulation of calcium deficiency disorders. Additionally, her program is actively developing strategies for postharvest insect control in harvested and exported commodities, including citrus and table grapes.