About Prof Charles S. Whitehead
Undergraduate: Plant physiology
Postgraduate: Postharvest physiology and Technology of Perishable Commodities
1. Investigations into the mechanisms involved in the control of senescence and ripening in plants with the view to develop effective mechanisms to delay senescence and ripening, through:
a. Ethylene sensitivity modification.
b. Ripening, post harvest treatment and storage of fruit and vegetables.
c. Postharvest treatment of cut flowers.
2. Investigations into the effect of carbon enrichment on the production and postharvest quality and behaviour of different horticultural products.
1. Development of banana ripening and export protocol
2. Development of tomato export protocol
3. Development of the electro-activated water (EAW) technique to improve yield and postharvest quality
4. Development of postharvest handling protocol for Piquanté peppers
1. Short courses and workshops to industry of postharvest produce handling and ripening
2. Reviewer for scientific journals and grant bodies
3. Community development projects:
a. Secunda vegetable community garden
b. Eastern Plats/Lonro vegetable community garden
c. Opus Dei training facility of prospective farmers