Postharvest Physiologist, Professor
Department of Horticultural Science
Dr. Penny Perkins-Veazie works with a variety of crops as a postharvest physiologist. Her research involves evaluating breeding materials, storage strategies and packaging to develop more efficient postharvest methods and materials. She also evaluates food safety, quality and consumer appeal characteristics such as flavor, color, antioxidants and texture to make sure growers will have better quality fruits and vegetables for high value markets.
“The end result for growers is that I want to increase their sales,” says Perkins-Veazie. “I also want to encourage consumers to eat better, which means that fruits and vegetables need to be attractive, stay fresh and taste good.”