Sylvia M. Blankenship

Professor and Postharvest Physiologist

Department of Horticultural Science, Box 7609

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC 27695 USA


I have responsibilities in:

I teach an undergraduate course, Postharvest Physiology (HS 462). I teach a six week graduate course entitled Fruit Development and Postharvest Physiology (HS 706). I also help team teach a course in Food Safety. My research is mainly on storage physiology of fruits and vegetables and ethylene physiology. I am one of the developers and one of two patent holders for the use of 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) as a potent inhibitor of ethylene action in fruit, vegetables and flowers. The commodities that I work on the most are apples, bananas, and sweetpotatoes. I also work some with peppers and tomatoes. I am the Assistant Department Head in the Horticultural Science Department.