Research Horticulturist - Market access

Research interests

  • Postharvest horticulture
  • Disinfestation research
  • Maintaining and improving quality to the consumer
  • Market access technologies
  • Food science and technology


John Golding works in the horticulture market access team at the Centre of Excellence for Market Access at Ourimbah, where he provides practical and cost-effective solutions for the NSW and Australian horticultural industries. John’s professional passions are in the postharvest management of product quality, including disinfestation research. His current work involves market access and postharvest research in range of important horticulture crops such as citrus, blueberries and cherries. John works closely with industry to ensure the outcomes of his research are practical and economic.

John also has a conjoint appointment with the University of Newcastle, where he co-supervises postgraduate students in horticulture, food science and technology. His recent achievements include the completion of eight projects funded by Horticulture Australia Ltd, co-authoring numerous international refereed research papers and several books and book chapters. He presents his research findings at the national industry conferences and at international technical horticultural science conferences.


  • B.Agric.Sc. (Hons) – Adelaide University
  • PhD Postharvest Physiology – University of Western Sydney

Current projects

  • Improving the cost competitiveness of Australian horticulture exports by reducing phytosanitary compliance costs’. Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation programme, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Improved postharvest market access treatments for horticultural commodities’. Plant Biosecurity CRC
  • Partner Investigator in “Advanced Technologies for Food Manufacture Industrial Transformation Training Centre”, Australian Research Council. Lead University of New South Wales.
  • Partner Investigator in “Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation Industrial Transformation Training Centre”, Australian Research Council. Lead University of Newcastle
  • Collaborator in project; ‘Developing agronomic practices to improve the quality of southern highbush blueberries as an evergreen system’. Horticulture Innovation Australia
  • Collaborator in project; ‘Innovative cold plasma for horticultural industries’. Horticulture Innovation Australia
  • New end-point treatment solutions to control fruit fly’. Horticulture Innovation Australia

Recently completed projects

Jessup A.J. and Golding J.B. (2014) Assessment of the nutritional profile and fruit quality of irradiated passionfruit. Horticulture Australia Project PF12006, pp131.

Rogers, G. and Golding J.B. (2014) Managing the risk of flesh browning for 'Cripps Pink' apples using a climate model. Horticulture Australia Project AP08004. pp34.

Golding J.B. (2013) Assessment of a combination cold temperature treatment to improve market access of Australian blueberries. Horticulture Australia Project BB10000. ISBN 0 7341 3192 5. pp 89.

Golding J.B. and Jessup A.J. (2013) Assessment of the nutritional profile and fruit quality of irradiated blueberry and raspberry. Horticulture Australia Project MT12035. ISBN 0 7341 3115 1. pp 229.

Golding J.B. and Jessup A.J. (2013) Review market access opportunities to meet export and domestic market requirements for Australian persimmons. Horticulture Australia Project PR11001. ISBN 0 7341 3072 4. pp 138.

Jessup, A.J. and Golding J.B. (2013) Qfly proof of concept for Ethane Dinitrile (EDN) fumigation. Horticulture Australia Project HG10065. ISBN 0 7341 3025 2. pp 151.

Golding J.B. and Jessup, A.J. (2012) Postharvest disinfestation treatment for Fuller’s Rose Weevil and Queensland Fruit Fly. Citrus Australia. pp 62.

Golding J.B., Leo, N. and Rettke, M. (2012) Improving the quality and consistency of Australian cherries to ensure market access. Horticulture Australia Project CY10012. ISBN 0 7341 2973 4. pp 180.

Golding, J.B. (2012) Improving cold treatment for disinfesting cherries for QFF. Horticulture Australia Project CY09006. ISBN 0 7341 2979 3. pp 113.

Golding J.B. (2012) Monitoring natural phenolics and antioxidants in processing apple juice. Horticulture Australia Ltd. Project Number: AP10020. ISBN 0 7341 2898 3. pp 53.

Recent publications

Saberi, B., Thakur, R., Bhuyan, D.J., Vuong, Q.V., Chockchaisawasdee, S., Golding, J.B., Scarlett, C.J. and Stathopoulos, C.E. (2016), Development of edible blend films with good mechanical and barrier properties from pea starch and guar gum. Starch - Stärke. doi:10.1002/star.201600227

Chockchaisawasdee, S., Golding, J.B., Vuong, Q.V., Papoutsis, K. and Stathopoulos, C.E. (2016) Sweet cherry: Composition, postharvest preservation, processing and trends for its future use. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 55 72-83.

Saberi, B., Vuong, Q.V., Chockchaisawasdee, S., Golding, J.B., Scarlett, C.J., Stathopoulos, C.E. (2016) Water sorption isotherm of pea starch edible films and prediction models. Foods 5, 1. doi:10.3390/foods5010001

Tran, X.T., Parks, S.E., Roach, P.D., Golding, J.B. and Nguyen, M.H. (2015) Effects of maturity on physicochemical properties of Gac fruit (Momordica cochinchinensis Spreng.). Food Science and Nutrition 4, 305-314. doi: 10.1002/fsn3.291

Golding J.B., Blades B.L., Satyan S., Spohr L.J., Harris A., Jessup A.J., Archer J.R., Davies J.B. and Banos C. (2015) Low dose gamma irradiation does not affect the quality or total ascorbic acid concentration of ‘Sweetheart’ passionfruit (Passiflora edulis). Foods 4, 376-390. doi:10.3390/foods4030376

Li Y., Wills R.B.H. and Golding J.B. (2015) Sodium chloride, a cost effective partial replacement of calcium ascorbate and ascorbic acid to inhibit surface browning on fresh-cut apple slices. LWT (Lebensmittel - Wissenschaft & Technologie) - Food Science and Technology. 64, 503–507.

Wills R.B.H and Golding J.B. (2015) Reduction of energy usage in postharvest horticulture through management of ethylene. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 95, 1379–1384. DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.6930

Candrawinata V.I., Golding J.B., Roach P.D. and Stathopoulos C.E. (2015) Optimisation of the phenolic content and antioxidant activity of apple pomace aqueous extracts. CyTA - Journal of Food 13, 293-299. DOI: 10.1080/19476337.2014.971344

Li, Y., Wills, R. B. H., Golding, J.B. and Huque, R. (2015) Effect of halide salts on development of surface browning on fresh-cut ‘Granny Smith’ (Malus × domestica Borkh) apple slices during storage at low temperature. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 95, 945–952. DOI 10.1002/jsfa.6766

Lopresti J., Goodwin I., McGlasson B., Holford P. and Golding J. (2014) Variability in size and soluble solids concentration in peaches and nectarines. Horticultural Reviews 42, 253-311.

Golding, J.B., Blades, B.L, Satyan, S., Jessup, A.J., Spohr, L.J., Harris, A.M., Banos, C. and Davies J.B. (2014) Low dose gamma irradiation does not affect the quality, proximate or nutritional profile of ‘Brigitta’ blueberry and ‘Maravilla’ raspberry fruit. Postharvest Biology and Technology 96, 49–52.

Goldsmith, C.D., Stathopoulos, C.E., Golding, J.B. and Roach, P.D. (2014) Fate of the phenolic compounds during olive oil production with the traditional press method. International Food Research Journal 21, 101-109.

Candrawinata V.I., Golding J.B., Roach P.D. and Stathopoulos C.E. (2013) From apple to juice - The fate of polyphenolic compounds. Food Reviews International 29, 276-293.

Vuong Q.V. Golding J.B., Nguyen M.H. and Roach P.D. (2013) Preparation of decaffeinated and high caffeine powders from green tea. Powder Technology 233, 169-175.

Candrawinata, V.I, Blades, B.L., Golding, J.B., Stathopoulos, C.E. and Roach, P.D. (2012) Effect of clarification on the polyphenolic compound content and antioxidant activity of commercial apple juices. International Food Research Journal 19, 1055-1061.

Vuong, Q.V., Golding, J.B., Nguyen M.H. and Roach, P.D. (2012) Production of caffeinated and decaffeinated green tea catechin powders from underutilised old tea leaves. Journal of Food Engineering 110, 1–8.


Wills R.B.H. and Golding J.B. (2016) Postharvest: An introduction to the physiology and handling of fruit and vegetables. NewSouth Publishing. Sydney Australia. ISBN 9781742247854. 293 pages.

Golding J.B., Toivonen P.M.A., Avanzato D., Erner Y., Harker R. and Heyes J.A. (2016) Editors of XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014): International Symposia on Postharvest Knowledge for the Future and Consumer and Sensory Driven Improvements to Fruits and Nuts. Acta Horticulturae 1120. ISBN 9789462611184. 571 pages.

Wills R.B.H. and Golding J.B. (2015) Editors of ‘Advances in Postharvest Fruit and Vegetable Technology’. CRC Press, USA. ISBN 978-1-4822-1697-7. 386 pages

Book chapters

Golding J.B. and Spohr, L (2015) Postharvest Technology Experimentation – Solutions to Common Problems. In: Advances in Postharvest Fruit and Vegetable Technology (R.B.H. Wills and J.B. Golding, eds.). CRC Press, USA. In Press

Golding, J.B. and Jobling, J.J. (2012) Apples. In ‘Crop Post-Harvest: Science and Technology. Perishables. Ed Debbie Rees, Graham Farrell and John Orchard. pp88-107. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 978-0-062-05725-2.

Golding, J.B. (2010) How to minimize postharvest losses of organic produce. In: ‘The Approach of Organic Agriculture: New Markets, Food Security and a Clean Environment’. pp 53-60. Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group. Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Publication Number: APEC #210-AT-04.1.

Acta Horticulturae conference publications

Kumar M., McGlasson W.B., Holford P. and Golding J.B. (2016) Effects of very high carbon dioxide treatmentand cold storage on the quality of Navel oranges. Acta Horticulturae 1120, 91-98.

Mahler C., Satyan S.H., Spohr L.J., Harris A.M. and Golding J.B. (2016) Effects of continuous ethylene treatment on 'Navelina' orange fruit quality. Acta Horticulturae 1120, 79-84.

Wills R.B.H and Golding J.B. (2015) Saving energy in storage and transport through ethylene control in lieu of low temperatures. Acta Horticulturae 1091, 95-100. doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1091.11

Lopresti J., Goodwin I., Holford P., McGlasson B. and Golding J.B. (2015) Study on the relationship betweensugar concentration and cell number and size distribution in nectarine. Acta Horticulturae 1084, 667-674. doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1084.89

Golding J.B., Satyan S., Spohr L.J., Harris A.M., Blades B.L., Jessup A.J. Banos C. and Davies J.B. (2015) Effects of low dose gamma irradiation on highbush blueberry fruit quality and proximate and nutritional profiles. Acta Horticulturae 1079, 515-520. doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1079.68

Conjoint appointments

Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the School of Environmental and Life Sciences. Faculty of Science and Information Technology. The University of Newcastle.

Adjunct Senior Researcher at University of Tasmania

Professional associations and activities

  • Member of the International Society for Horticultural Science
  • Member of the Australian Society for Horticultural Science
  • Scientific committee of the International Society of Horticultural Science 8th International Postharvest Symposium, Cartagena Spain. 2016

Fields of research

  • 070605 Post-Harvest Horticultural Technologies (incl. Transportation and Storage)
  • 070603 Horticultural Crop Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds)
  • 090804 Food Packaging, Preservation and Safety
  • 070699 Horticultural Production not elsewhere classified
  • 090899 Food Sciences not elsewhere classified

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Horticultural market access
  • Postharvest disinfestation
  • Postharvest physiology
  • Storage of fruit and vegetables

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