Expert in cherry postharvest, Dr. Juan Pablo Zoffoli, will participate in the International Seminar on Blueberries & Cherries in Chile

"The preparation of the product at origin is essential, as is the management of temperatures, conditioning practices and protection of the crop from the orchard, in conjunction with post-harvest treatments."

The cherry export industry will reach shipments close to 84 million boxes, at an average of USD 30, which means that it will exceed USD 2000 million in economic achievements, making it the most profitable fruit industry in Chile, exceeding the volume of shipments by more than 25% compared to last season.

The main destination of this fruit is China, where the demand for cherries is related to the celebration of the Chinese New Year, so post-harvest handling is vital to reach such a distant market with fruit in good condition and satisfy demand. increasingly demanding regarding product quality and safety standards.

world class researcher

Juan Pablo Zoffoli is a doctor in Agricultural Sciences from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and M.Sc. from Oregon State University, USA and international authority on everything related to cherry cultivation. He is the author of the book "Cherries: Botany, production and uses", one of the most consulted texts in the world industry, in which he participates in the chapters related to production, physiology and post-harvest.

The book has been published in many countries around the world thanks to funding from European Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST) and covers the genetics, ecophysiology, production, protection and uses of the cherry, providing updated scientific information and becoming a valuable tool for researchers, teachers and professionals who work with the species.

The agronomist and expert in cherry postharvest will be one of the specialists who will be at the XXV International Seminar on Blueberries & Cherries, which will be held on Thursday, April 13 at the Monticello Conference Center, Chile.

By Martín Carrillo O.- Blueberries Consulting

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