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ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss: Measurement and Technology Development Videos

<p>The ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss was founded in 2011 in response to the increasing amounts of oilseeds and grains lost each year in food chains around the world. In 2012, the institute invested $2.1 million in seven research projects focused on efforts to reduce postharvest loss. The institute has prepared short interview videos with lead researchers for each of these projects to explain why research should be conducted in this area, current challenges, and what success would look like for their projects. You can learn more at the <a href="http://postharvestinstitute.illinois.edu/index.html" target="_blank">ADM Institute's website</a>.</p><p>These seven research projects have been grouped into four categories based on the theme of the research. The first category is Measurement and Technology Development.</p><p>Measurement and Technology Development focuses on the need for creating standards for measurement of losses, finding the actual amounts of loss, and creating/disseminating technologies that will effectively reduce the losses at different stages in the postharvest system.&nbsp;</p><p>The following three videos are interviews with each project’s principal investigators. Each investigator examines what excites them about the field of postharvest loss, the potential impact of the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss, what success will look like in the next two years, and what specific challenges they’ll be facing.&nbsp;</p><h3>Measurement, Documentation and Postharvest Processing for the Prevention of Postharvest Losses of Soybeans and Corn</strong></h3><p>Grace Danao discusses the issues in conducting cross-cultural research with its accompanying language barriers, but also highlights the importance of collaboration within the network. Additionally, conducting research on postharvest losses in Brazil from a remote location such as the University of Illinois does pose some logistical challenges.</p><p><center><iframe width="480" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Qd9Odf5rR1A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></center></p><h3>Managing Grain Losses in Continuous Cropping Systems of the Tropics through On-Farm or Cooperative Storage </h3><p>Peter Goldsmith discusses the lack of research regarding management of postharvest losses in low-latitude regions such as Brazil. His research deals with the unique system of succession-cropping (safrinha), especially with managing and understanding losses within this system. In the Mato Grosso region of Brazil, infrastructural issues such as road quality, timing and hot-humid climates make for difficulties in research.</p><p><center><iframe width="480" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/njNXsS4VP_4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></center></p><h3>Appropriate Technology Development and System Integration for Post-Harvest Loss Prevention (CAI)</h3><p>Ximing Cai discusses how engineers can become involved in postharvest loss reduction through creating applicable, small-scale technology. He also examines how the ADM Institute provides many opportunities to collaborate across different fields and colleges to create solutions.</p><p><center><iframe width="480" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vsGeP9aMtig" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></center></p><p>---</p><p><strong>Biographies</strong></p><p><strong>Grace Danao</strong> received her B.Sc. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Florida in 2000, M.S. in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2001 and graduated with a Ph.D. in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2005. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.&nbsp;(Full biography can be found <a href="http://abe.illinois.edu/faculty/MG_Danao" target="_blank">here</a>.<a href="http://abe.illinois.edu/faculty/MG_Danao"></a>)&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Dr. Peter Goldsmith</strong> graduated in 1995 from the Ohio State University with a PhD in Agricultural Economics. From 1995-1999 he worked as an Assistant Professor of Agribusiness, McGill University in Montreal and is currently an Associate Professor of Agribusiness Management in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois. In addition to his PhD, Dr. Goldsmith has received an MBA in Finance, and undergraduate degrees in Dairy Science and Political Science. (Full biography can be found <a href="https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/pgoldsmi/www/index.htm" target="_blank">here</a>.)</p><p><strong>Ximing Cai</strong> received his B.S. in Water Resources Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, in 1990, M.S. in Hydrology and Water Resources at Tsinghua University in 1994, and Ph.D. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering in 1999. Before he joined the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois, he worked with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC as a Postdoctoral Fellow (1999-2002); and as a joint Research Fellow at IFPRI and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Colombo, Sri Lanka (2002-2003). (Full biography can be found <a href="http://cee.illinois.edu/faculty/ximingcai" target="_blank">here</a>.)</p>