Keynote Speakers

Jeffrey K. Brecht

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.


Title: The physiological basis of fresh-cut fruit and vegetable differences