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University of California
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Dr. Elizabeth J. Mitcham

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Director, Postharvest Center
Department of Plant Sciences,
One Shields Avenue
1047 Wickson Hall
Davis, CA 95616-8683
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Postdoctoral Associate - USDA ARS Orlando FL 1990-1992

Joined UC Davis in 1992

Section Chair for Horticultural Sciences in Plant Sciences Dept. 2005-2009,

Director Postharvest Technology Center 2009 - 2016

Director Horticulture Innovation Lab 2009 - present

Vice-President International Division, American Society for Horticultural Science 2017-2019


Ph.D. Horticulture, University of Maryland. 1990
M.S. Horticulture, North Carolina State University. 1986
B.S. Horticulture, University of Maryland. 1984


  • Chancellor's International Engagement Achievement Award
    Presented by UC Davis,  2018
  • Outstanding International Horticulturist
    Presented by American Society for Horticultural Science,  2015


Postharvest physiology and technology of fruit and nut crops; emphasis on maintaining flavor quality after harvest, enhancing consumption of produce, and reducing food loss. Also studying regulation of fruit ripening and mechanisms underlying calcium def

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