College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Horticulture

John K. Fellman

(WSU faculty member since 1995)

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Areas of Interest

  • Postharvest physiology, biochemistry of secondary metabolism in fruits and vegetables
  • Research also focuses on the metabolism leading to apple scald and other oxidative stress phenomena affecting retention of postharvest quality of pome fruit, asparagus harvesting and quality, postharvest physiology of cherry, and wine and wine grape chemistry; developing robust methods to profile flavor volatiles and phenolics in grape berries and wines produced in Washington, relationship between flavor compound content/sensory impact to facilitate studies concerning the effects of genotype, cultural practices, maturity and postharvest handling on flavor perception in raspberries, apples, and pears, and sweet cherries. 

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, 1982, University of Idaho
  • B.S., Pre-medicine (Chemistry), 1974, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Teaching Responsibilities

  • VE 114 – Introduction to Vines and Wines (new), Fall 2012
  • HORT 435/535 – Chemistry and Biochemistry of Fruits and Wine
  • HORT 503 – Advanced Topics in Horticulture, Spring 2001-present
  • HORT 418/518 – Postharvest Biology and Technology
  • Other contact hours in Horticulture 700 and 800 – Dissertation/Thesis Research

Program Personnel

  • Scott Mattinson, Associate in Research
  • Erin Getzin (MS, Molecular Plant Science, 2012)

Selected Publications

Sayre, R. et al., 2011. The BioCassava Plus Program: Biofortification of Cassava for Sub-Saharan Africa. Ann. Rev. Plant Biol. 62:251-272.

Iyer, S., Mattinson, D.S., and Fellman, J.K. 2010. Study of the early events leading to cassava root postharvest deterioration. Tropical Plant Biol.3:151-165.

Clement, S.L. et al., 2010. Resistance to beet armyworm in a chickpea recombinant inbred line population. J. Appl. Entomol. 134:1-8.

John FellmanOffice: Johnson Hall 51
Phone: 509.335.3454


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