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Postharvest Physiology Lab

The Postharvest Physiology Lab is located at Kansas State University's Olathe campus. The lab is directed by Eleni Pliakoni, associate professor of urban food production and postharvest handling.

The lab is affiliated with the M.S. in Horticulture with an emphasis in Urban Food Systems degree program.

What is postharvest physiology?

Postharvest physiology involves the plant response to technologies and other applications that extend shelf life and quality and delay senescence (plant death).

As consumers continue to increase their daily intake of fruits and vegetables, pressure to deliver high-quality produce with a longer shelf life is critical.

Some of the quality aspects that appeal to consumers include appearance, aroma, taste, color (sensory), reduced risk of foodborne pathogens or pesticide residues (food safety) and more dense nutrient or phytonutrient content.  

Growers and shippers realized that keeping produce or flowers cold greatly extended the sales life and this stimulated much interest in exploring the causes of plant senescence at physiological, cellular and molecular levels.  

Our lab specializes in:

• Research

• Services: Voluntary testing of industrial hemp is now available.
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Lab Director

Eleni Pliakoni

Associate Professor of Urban Food Production and Postharvest Handling