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Mark A. Ritenour, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Postharvest Physiology
Department of Horticultural Sciences

Expertise: Postharvest Physiology and Handling of Citrus and Vegetables
Contact Information: 2199 South Rock Road
Fort Pierce, Florida 34945-3138
(772) 468-3922 ext. 167
Appointment: 70% Extension, 30% Research
Education: Ph.D., 1995, Plant Biology, University of California, Davis
M.S., 1991, Vegetable Crops, University of California, Davis
B.A., 1989, Botany, California State University, Fresno
Details: 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.
Selected Publications: Dou, H., S. Jones, and M. Ritenour. 2005. Influence of 1-MCP application and concentration on post-harvest peel disorders and incidence of decay in citrus fruit. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology 80(6):786-792.

Ritenour, M.A., M.S. Burton, and T.G. McCollum. 2005. Effects of pre- or postharvest gibberellic acid application on storage quality of Florida ?Fallglo? tangerines and ?Ruby? red grapefruit. Proc. Fla. State. Hort. Soc. 118:385-388.

Salvatore, J.J., M.A. Ritenour, B.T. Scully, and L.G. Albrigo. 2005. The effect of the 2004 hurricanes on citrus flowering potential for the 2005 season. Proc. Fla. State. Hort. Soc. 118:75-79.

Ritenour, M.A., H. Dou, K.D. Bowman, B.J. Boman, E. Stover, and W.S. Castle. 2004. Effect of rootstock on stem-end rind breakdown and decay of fresh citrus. HortTechnology 14(3):315-319.

Ezz, T. M., M.A. Ritenour, and J.K. Brecht. 2004. Hot water and elevated CO2 effects on proline and other compositional changes in relation to postharvest chilling injury of 'Marsh' grapefruit. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 129(4):576-582.

Stover, E., R. Pelosi, M. Burton, S. Ciliento, and M. Ritenour. 2004. Performance of ?Oroblanco? and ?Melogold? on nine rootstocks in Florida?s Indian River region. HortScience 39(1):28-32.

Ritenour, M.A., R.R. Pelosi, M.S. Burton, E.W. Stover, H. Dou, and T.G. McCollum. 2004. Assessing the efficacy of preharvest fungicide applications to control postharvest diseases in Florida citrus. HortTechnology 14 (1):58-62.

Karuppiah, K.J.J., M.A. Ritenour, M.S. Burton, J.K. Brecht, and T.G. McCollum. 2004. Short-duration, hot water treatment for the control of chilling injury and postharvest decay in citrus. Proc. Fla. State. Hort. Soc. 117:403-407.

Ritenour, M.A., L.G. Albrigo, J.K. Burns, and W.M. Miller. 2004. Granulation in Florida citrus. Proc. Fla. State. Hort. Soc. 117:358-361.

Syvertsen, J.P., L.G. Albrigo, M.A. Ritenour, J.M. Dunlop, A.W. Schumann, R.C. Vachon, R.R. Pelosi, and M.S. Burton. 2004. Growth conditions affect sheepnosing in grapefruit. Proc. Fla. State. Hort. Soc. 117:350-354.

Dou, H., S. Jones, J. Lee, and M. Ritenour. 2004. Alternative degreening of ?Fallglo? tangerines. Proc. Fla. State. Hort. Soc. 117:392-395

Ritenour, M.A., T. Ng-Sanchez, and D.F. Kelsey. 2003. Peel injury on ?Marsh? grapefruit from quaternary ammonia. HortTechnology 13:656-660.

Ritenour, M.A., K.J.J. Karuppiah, R.R. Pelosi, M.S. Burton, T.G. McCollum, J.K. Brecht, and E.A. Baldwin. 2003. Response of Florida grapefruit to short-duration heat treatments using vapor heat or hot water dips. Proc. Fla. State. Hort. Soc. 116:405-409

Ritenour, M.A., S. Kochhar, L.E. Schrader, T-P Hsu, and M. S.B. Ku. 2001. Characterization of heat shock protein expression in apple fruit peel under field and laboratory conditions. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 126(5):564-570.

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