My lab is interested in understanding processes that influence fruit ripening and postharvest shelf-life attributes. Our goal is to identify key genes, metabolites and regulatory networks that influence ripening, shelf-life and quality in blueberries. Identifying the above factors will be important to develop strategies to enhance postharvest shelf-life and quality.
We are also interested in understanding the development of physiological disorders such as blossom end rot in peppers. Blossom end rot sets in during early fruit development and appears as water-soaked spots that develop into enlarged brown sunken areas at the distal-end of the fruit by maturity. We are interested in identifying factors that cause the onset of blossom end rot. We also plan to develop management strategies that can minimize this disorder.