EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Dr. Charles Wilson (World Food Preservation Center/USA)

Dr. Wilson’s career spans over 15 years in academe at the University of Arkansas and Ohio State University and 37 years with the USDA. In the last 7 years, he has been involved in the establishment of the World Food Preservation Center® LLC. .Dr. Wilson has authored over 250 scientific publication, 20 patents, and 6 books. He has been invited to organize and chair ten international symposia, to present papers at ten additional symposia, to deliver over 40 lectures in 22 states and 11 countries, and to lead seminars and discussions with students at ten major universities. He has organized three international BARD‐sponsored workshops on food preservation by biological means. He was instrumental in the development of the first EPA‐registered “biofungicide” for the control of postharvest diseases.

Dr. Jeffrey K. Brecht (University of Florida/USA)

Dr. Jeffrey K. Brecht received his B.A. in Biology from Whittier College (1979) and Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from the University of California, Davis (1984). He has been on the faculty of the University of Florida since 1984. His research program involves studies of harvesting, handling, storage, transport, and the physiological and metabolic processes related to the development, maturation and senescence of horticultural crops. He also shares statewide postharvest extension responsibilities and co-teaches a beginning graduate level course, “Principles of Postharvest Horticulture.” Dr. Brecht is the Director of the Center for Food Distribution and Retailing (CFDR) at the University of Florida, which brings agricultural scientists and engineers together with companies involved in the distribution and selling of perishable foods to conduct multidisciplinary research.  As CFDR Director, he interacts with commodity associations, packers, shippers, distributors, importers, exporters, processors and retailers to extend information regarding advances in perishable food handling. Dr. Brecht has been involved in international postharvest research and extension projects in Central and South America, Asia and Africa. He has authored over 500 technical publications including 160 refereed journal papers.  He was named a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor in 2002, a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science in 2006, and an Honorary Member of the Florida State Horticultural Society in 2014.

Prof. Renar João Bender (UFRGS/Brazil)

Engenheiro Agrônomo em 1977 e Mestre em Agronomia (1982) ambos pela Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. No ano de 1984 obteve o título de especialização em fisiologia pós-colheita pela Univerisitaet Hohenheim (Alemanha). Ph.D. pelo Departamento de Ciências da Horticultura da University of Florida (EUA) em 1996. Entre os anos de 1982 até 1989 atuou como pesquisador junto a Estação Experimental de Caçador da Empasc, SC na área de armazenagem de fruteiras temperadas. Desde 1989 ocupa uma vaga de docente no Departamento de Horticultura da Faculdade de Agronomia/UFRGS com dedicação ao ensino e pesquisa com fisiologia pós-colheita de produtos hortícolas.

Dr. Antonio Lizana (Universidad de Chile/Chile)

Agronomist from the University of Chile and a M.Sc. degree from Washington State University. Ph.D. from the University of California (USA) in handling, quality and post-harvest of fresh produce. Dr. Lizana is a full professor in Fruit Crops and Management, Quality and Post-Harvest Physiology of Fruits. In 1990, he was the founder of the Center for Post-Harvest Studies (Cepoc) at the University of Chile, where studies were carried out on factors influencing fruit quality and determining the optimum harvest point for export fruits. He conducted research on storage under controlled and modified atmosphere and export of fruits, in the determination of the rejection reasons and factors that influence the losses of fruits and vegetables for export. Dr. Lizana was editor of 23 annals of events and organizer of 27 technical meetings in Chile and 15 international meetings. He lectured at international conferences on fruit and vegetable management, quality and post-harvesting in 15 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru, South Africa and Egypt). Dr. Lizana was responsible for the first post-harvest courses at the Universidad de La Republica (Uruguay), the Universidad Ambato y Cuenca (Ecuador), the Universidad de Colombia and the University of Cochabamba (Bolivia). Dr. Lizana was for three periods Dean of the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of the University of Chile and received numerous national and international honors.

Dr. Ariel Vicente (Universidad La Plata/Argentina)

Agronomist and Doctor in Biochemistry from the University of La Plata/Argentina, Master of Science in Plant Biology from the University of California/Davis and Specialist in Postharvest Management from the National University of Rosario/Argentina. Currently, Dr. Ariel is faculty at the Universidad La Plata/Argentina lecturing classes in agroindustry and including a position of Independent Researcher at CONICET from Argentina. He also is named the National Coordinator of the Section of Food Science Technology of the Ministry of Science and Technology/Argentina. Dr. Ariel is an editor of the Journal of Experimental Botany (edited in the UK) and has advised and co-advised twenty graduate and master's dissertations and five doctoral thesis and has contributed to the publication of 70 papers, 13 book chapters and 200 conference presentations in the area of food sciences, plant physiology and biology and postharvest technology. Dr. Ariel has evaluated more than 500 manuscripts submitted to 50 international journals and about 400 research projects. The Research Group of Post-Harvest Technology (GITeP), in which Dr. Ariel is involved, is dedicated to identification of the factors that contribute to the deterioration of fruits and vegetables and is in the search for methodologies to control and reduce post-harvest food losses.



ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Prof. Lauri Radunz (Grain storage Lab/UFRGS)

Engenheiro Agrônomo e Mestre em Ciência e Tecnologia Agroindustrial pela Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Doutor em Engenharia agrícola pela Universidade Federal de Viçosa. Professor adjunto lotado no departamento de Fitossanidade, da Faculdade de Agronomia da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Atua com ensino e pesquisa na área de pós-colheita de grãos, principalmente na relação da colheita com as etapas de secagem e armazenamento, visando a minimização das perdas.

Dra. Lucimeire Pilon (Brazilian Research Corporation – Embrapa Horticulture, Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil)

Aguardando curriculum.

Prof. Rafael Gomes Dionello (Grain storage Lab/UFRGS)

Engenheiro Agrônomo, Mestre em Ciência e Tecnologia Agroindustrial, UFPel 2000, Doutor em Produção Vegetal, UENF, 2005, Professor na Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul desde de 2007, Diretor da Estação Experimental Agronômica da UFRGS, trabalho com secagem e armazenamento de grãos, qualidade de grãos, manejo de pragas em produtos armazenados, principalmente insetos e fungos.

Prof. Renar João Bender (Postharvest Lab/UFRGS)

Engenheiro Agrônomo em 1977 e Mestre em Agronomia (1982) ambos pela Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. No ano de 1984 obteve o título de especialização em fisiologia pós-colheita pela Univerisitaet Hohenheim (Alemanha). Ph.D. pelo Departamento de Ciências da Horticultura da University of Florida (EUA) em 1996. Entre os anos de 1982 até 1989 atuou como pesquisador junto a Estação Experimental de Caçador da Empasc, SC na área de armazenagem de fruteiras temperadas. Desde 1989 ocupa uma vaga de docente no Departamento de Horticultura da Faculdade de Agronomia/UFRGS com dedicação ao ensino e pesquisa com fisiologia pós-colheita de produtos hortícolas.

Prof. Ricardo Kluge (Luiz de Queiroz, College of Agriculture, Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil)

Aguardando curriculum.



SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Prof. Auri Brackmann (Federal University of Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

Prof. Auri Brackmann has a degree in Agronomy from the Federal University of Santa Maria (1978), a Master's degree in Agronomy from the Federal University of Pelotas (1984) and a Ph.D. in Agrarian Sciences from the University of Hohenheim (1990), Germany. He is a full professor at the Federal University of Santa Maria in the area of fruit-growing and post-harvest physiology of plant products. As a Level 1 researcher at CNPq, he works on research in refrigerated and controlled atmosphere storage, post-harvest physiology and quality of fruits, vegetables and grains. He advised 46 graduate students (master's and doctorate level), published more than 300 papers in scientific journals and has six patents that involve controlled atmosphere storage techniques. He has conceived and today coordinates the Post-Harvest Research Center of the Federal University of Santa Maria.

Prof. Cassandro V. T. do Amarante (Santa Catarina State University, Lages, Brazil)

Aguardando curriculum.

Prof. Eduardo Seibert (Federal Institute Santa Catarina, Santa Rosa do Sul, SC, Brazil)

Aguardando curriculum.

Dr. Irineu Lorini (Brazilian Research Corporation – Embrapa Soybeans, Londrina, Paraná, Brazil)

Aguardando curriculum.

Prof. Lauri Radunz (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil)

Engenheiro Agrônomo e Mestre em Ciência e Tecnologia Agroindustrial pela Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Doutor em Engenharia agrícola pela Universidade Federal de Viçosa. Professor adjunto lotado no departamento de Fitossanidade, da Faculdade de Agronomia da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Atua com ensino e pesquisa na área de pós-colheita de grãos, principalmente na relação da colheita com as etapas de secagem e armazenamento, visando a minimização das perdas.

Dra. Lucimara R. Antoniolli (Brazilian Research Corporation – Embrapa Grape and Wine, Bento Gonçalves, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

Aguardando curriculum.

Dra. Lucimeire Pilon (Brazilian Research Corporation – Embrapa Horticulture, Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil)

Aguardando curriculum.

Prof. Luis C. Gutkoski (University of Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

Aguardando curriculum.

Prof. Majeed Mohammed (Postharvest Education Foundation, Trinidad & Tobago)

Dr. Majeed Mohammed is a Postharvest Physiologist and Senior Lecturer at the Facultyr of Food Production of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad & Tobago for the past 30 years. After completion of his B.Sc. in Agriculture from the UWI in 1977, he completed his MSc. and Ph.D. in Postharvest Physiology at the University of Guelph, Canada (1984) and The University of the West Indies (1992). He is currently a Board Director with the Postharvest Education Foundation (USA) as well as a member of the UN/FAO Panel of Experts from Latin America and the Caribbean on the Prevention and Reduction of Food Losses and Waste.

Dr. Marcos F. David (Brazilian Research Corporation–Embrapa Instrumentation, São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil)

Aguardando curriculum.

Prof. Moacir C. Elias (Federal University of Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

Aguardando curriculum.

Dr. Murillo Freire Junior (Brazilian Research Corporation – Embrapa Food Agroindustry, Guaratiba, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Aguardando curriculum.

Prof. Rafael Gomes Dionello (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil)

Engenheiro Agrônomo, Mestre em Ciência e Tecnologia Agroindustrial, UFPel 2000, Doutor em Produção Vegetal, UENF, 2005, Professor na Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul desde de 2007, Diretor da Estação Experimental Agronômica da UFRGS, trabalho com secagem e armazenamento de grãos, qualidade de grãos, manejo de pragas em produtos armazenados, principalmente insetos e fungos.

Prof. Ricardo Kluge (Luiz de Queiroz, College of Agriculture, Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil)

Aguardando curriculum.

Dr. Rufino F. F. Cantillano (Brazilian Research Corporation – Embrapa Temperate Agriculture, Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

Aguardando curriculum.