The food systems efficiency group focuses on novel technologies and approaches for preventing and reducing food losses throughout the food system supply chain, from the farm to the market. The research projects included in this topic area span the globe and address the FLW challenges unique to both developed and developing countries. Some specific topics of study include advanced packaging for longer shelf life, improved drying technologies for seeds and grains, and locally appropriate cold storage technologies in remote rural regions.
Supply Chain Management
Albornoz, K. Zhou, J., Yu, J., Beckles, D.M. (2022). Dissecting Postharvest Chilling Injury through Biotechnology. Current Opinion in Biotechnology. 78: 102790, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copbio.2022.102790.
Rotta, N. M., S. Curry, J. Han, R. Reconco, E. Spang, W. Ristenpart, I. R. Donis-Gonzalez. A comprehensive analysis of operations and mass flows in postharvest processing of washed coffee. Resources, Conservation, and Recycling. Volume 170. (2021). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2021.105554
Shipman, E., Yu, J. Zhou, J. Albornoz, K., Beckles, D.M. (2021). Can gene editing reduce postharvest loss and waste? Horticulture Research. 8(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41438-020-00428-4.
Zhou, J., Chen, B., Albornoz, K., Beckles, D.M. (2021). Postharvest handling induces changes in fruit DNA methylation status and is associated with alterations in fruit quality in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) Scientia Horticulturae 283(1):110090. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scienta.2021.110090.
Meagher, K. D., A. Gillman, D. C. Campbell, E. S. Spang. Relational and Logistical Dimensions of Agricultural Food Recovery: Evidence from California Growers and Recovery Organizations. Sustainability 2020, 12 (15), 6161. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12156161
Escribano, S., N. Sugimoto, A.J. Macnish, W.V. Biasi, and E.J. Mitcham. 2016. Efficacy of liquid 1-methylcyclopropene to delay ripening of ‘Bartlett’ pears. Postharvest Biol. Technol. (in press).
Tomich, T. P., S. B. Brodt, R. A. Dahlgren, and K. M. Snow (Eds.) (2016), The California Nitrogen Assessment: Challenges and Solutions for People, Agriculture, and the Environment, Univ. of Calif. Press, Oakland, Calif.
The effects of climate change on groundwater extraction for agriculture and land-use change. Ernst Bertone Oehninger,. C.-Y. Cynthia Lin Lawell, James N. Sanchirico, and Michael R. Springborn. University of California at Davis. August 2016
Diehl, D. C., N. L. Sloan, J. K. Brecht, and E.J. Mitcham. 2015. What factors do retailers value when purchasing fruits? Perceptions of produce industry professionals. Journal of Food Distribution Research, 46(3): 81-91. Nham, N.T., S.T. de Freitas, A.J. Machnish, K.M. Ca