Jelena Komlos

I finished my Bachelors in Plant protection. While studying, I spent all of my free time in a phytopathology lab. During my stay in the lab, I was working on couple of small projects with different microorganisms like phytopathological bacteria and fungi. I understood and learned microbial physiology and problems that they cause. Following, I finished a Master’s in sweet cherry fruit physiology after harvest. There I worked on discovering mechanisms of chilling injury on stored fruits.

During my studies and later in practice I learned that a lot of pesticides are wasted or used without control. That leads to environmental pollution and poisoning which I am strongly against. Instead we should use biological agents and or organisms that are not harmful for cultivated plants and their consumers. If we could prolong fruit freshness without pesticides people could eat fresh and healthy food. Main area of my interest are sweet cherry fruits after harvest. My goal is helping farmers to improve storage of their products. My working idea is to combine what I learned until now and to expend storage time and shelf life without losing appearance, texture, aroma and taste of fruits, by using biological substances without withdrawal period.

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