Nicholas F. Reitz


Nicholas F. Reitz

Position Title
Graduate Student, Ph.D.

Food Science and Technology


Degree Pursuing:



BS and MS in Food Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Adviser:

Elizabeth Mitcham


Nick’s research interests are in pre- and postharvest treatments and processing to improve quality of horticultural crops. He is currently investigating biological factors leading to cell death during blossom-end rot  development in tomatoes and bitter pit development in apples. He has also completed a project to determine the effect of storage conditions (temperature and modified atmosphere) on destemmed grape quality.  Through the UC Davis Horticulture Innovation Lab, Nick has worked with the Methodist University College, Ghana, to reduce postharvest mango loss through improved handling, storage, and processing practices.