Dr. Mark Ritenour

Associate Professor — Postharvest Technology

Dr. Mark Ritenour joined the IRREC Faculty in 1998. His extension and research programs focus on the postharvest biology and handling of horticultural commodities (especially citrus). Dr. Ritenour's focus areas include: improving quality of fresh market citrus and vegetables through improved postharvest handling; improving postharvest sanitation and food safety practices of Florida's packinghouses; and improving postharvest quality of horticultural crops through better preharvest management practices.


Associate Professor, Postharvest Technology


  • Education
      • Ph.D., Plant Biology, University of California, Davis, 1995
      • M.S., Vegetable Crops, University of California, Davis, 1991
      • B.A., Botany, California State University, Fresno, 1989
  • Publications
  • Recent Service and Honors
      • FSHS President’s Industry Award co-author for the best paper given at the Florida State Horticultural Society annual meetings by an industry author for: Nancy E. Roe and Mark A. Ritenour. 2010. Postharvest qualities and nutrient content of vegetable crops grown with or without compost. Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc. 123:141-146.
      • Recipient of a $2,000.00 Travel Award for an October 2008 trip to China to present a paper at the 11th International Citrus Congress.
      • Recipient of a $666.00 UF/IFAS International Programs Travel Award for an April 2008 trip to Argentina with FL industry leaders to view production and postharvest procedures preventing the export of fruit with canker symptoms.
      • The American Society for Horticultural Sciences Outstanding Extension Publication Award – 2005 Outstanding Video Award. Worker Health and Hygiene Training Manual for Florida Produce Industry. Authors: Amy Simonne, Jeffrey K. Brecht, Mark A. Ritenour, Steven A. Sargent, Keith Schneider, Bill Kelsey and Al Williamson
      • Blue Ribbon in the Publications - Manuals and Workbookscategory. 2003. American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE). For "Water and Florida Citrus: Use, Regulation, Irrigation, Systems, and Management"(SP281).