PhD, Food Science, UC Davis
Nick Reitz’s studies focus on postharvest biology and technology, he is looking to expand his knowledge and expertise to solve issues around food waste and nutrition deficiencies. Building upon decades-old methods, Reitz has been able to improve the understanding of plant calcium deficiency disorders that are responsible for about 1% crop loss in tomatoes and 10% loss in certain apple varieties.
In addition to his work with UC Davis Cooperative Extension Specialist and Pomologist, Dr. Mitcham and his extensive knowledge in food biology and chemistry, Reitz also enjoys exploring the economic drivers behind technology development and adoption in the agriculture sector. He hopes to apply that knowledge to the development of new technologies that will improve the food system.