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Trevor  Suslow is an Emeritus Extension Research Specialist faculty member at University of California-Davis and continues to interact across trade associations and consult for the produce supply chain on safety and quality issues. His career has focused on the quality and safety of whole and fresh-cut produce from planting to postharvest management.

Suslow's research and extension program centered on studying the effects of microflora on the postharvest quality of perishable produce. His research program was in the following three broad areas of postharvest pathology: (1) Integrated systems for the control of postharvest decay and spoilage microbes in whole produce and in fresh-cut applications, (2) Integrating basic and practical applications of cultural, genetic, and energetic technologies to achieve and maintain postharvest quality through transportation and distribution. (3) Developing diagnostic tools and methods that are predictive of predisposition to loss of postharvest quality or spoilage.


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Editor’s note: Trevor Suslow, currently vice president for Produce Safety at the Produce Marketing Association and formerly with the University of California-Davis where he did extensive research with postharvest produce and freshcut produce,  wrote this letter to members of the fresh produce industry earlier this week. It is reprinted

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