Charles F. Forney, Ph. D.

Research Scientist

Plant Physiologist that conducts research to develop technologies that maximize and maintain quality and enhance the value of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout production, storage and marketing.  Technologies studied include maturity optimization, precooling, temperature management, controlled atmosphere storage, modified atmosphere packaging, biosensors, heat and ozone treatments, as well as juice and wine production.  The effect of these technologies on quality attributes including flavor chemistry and nutritional composition are determined to maximize value. 

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Current research and/or projects

  • Optimizing aroma and flavor of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Characterization of stess induce volatile emission of fresh produce
  • Controlled atmosphere storage of small fruits
  • Determination of fruit and vegetable quality
  • Physiology of fruit ripening
  • Development of postharvest treatments to extend storage life of fresh produce
  • Postharvest change of antioxidants in fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Maintaining Quality of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables
  • Determination of pre-harvest factors affecting quality and storage life

Key publications

  1. McClure, K.A., Gong, Y.H., Song, J., Vinqvist-Tymchuk, M., Campbell Palmer, L., Fan, L., Burgher-MacLellan, K., Zhang, Z.Q., Celton, J.M., Forney, C.F., Migicovsky, Z., Myles, S. (2019). Genome-wide association studies in apple reveal loci of large effect controlling apple polyphenols, 6(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41438-019-0190-y

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  2. Forney, C.F., LeBlanc, D.I., Vigneault, C., Toussaint, V., Bourgeois, G., Clément, A. and Bezanson, G. (2018). The interaction of storage temperature and duration on aroma volatiles in tomato fruit. Acta Hortic. 1194, 343-350
    DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1194.49
    https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1194.49

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  3. Bezanson, G.S., Ells, T.C., Fan, L., Forney, C.F., LeBlanc, D.I. (2018). Aerated Steam Sanitization of Whole Fresh Cantaloupes Reduces and Controls Rind-Associated Listeria but Enhances Fruit Susceptibility to Secondary Colonization, 83(4), 1025-1031. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1750-3841.14082

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  4. Forney, C.F., Fan, L., Bezanson, G.S., Ells, T.C., LeBlanc, D.I., Fillmore, S. (2018). Impact of Listeria Inoculation and Aerated Steam Sanitization on Volatile Emissions of Whole Fresh Cantaloupes, 83(4), 1017-1024. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1750-3841.14092

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  5. Xie, Z., Forney, C.F., Bondada, B. (2018). Renewal of vascular connections between grapevine buds and canes during bud break, 233 331-338. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scienta.2018.02.019

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  6. McClure, K.A., Gardner, K.M., Douglas, G.M., Song, J., Forney, C.F., Delong, J., Fan, L., Du, L., Toivonen, P.M.A., Somers, D.J., Rajcan, I., Myles, S. (2018). A genome-wide association study of apple quality and scab resistance, 11(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.3835/plantgenome2017.08.0075

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  7. Luo, H., Song, J., Toivonen, P., Gong, Y., Forney, C., Campbell Palmer, L., Fillmore, S., Pang, X.Q., Zhang, Z.Q. (2018). Proteomic changes in ‘Ambrosia’ apple fruit during cold storage and in response to delayed cooling treatment, 137 66-76. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.postharvbio.2017.11.011

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  8. Forney, C.F. 2017. Harvest & post harvest handing of blueberries for fresh & IQF markets. Presented at the Wild Blueberry Growers Association of Nova Scotia Annual Meeting, Truro, NS, November 17, 2017. http://www.nswildblueberries.com/news/download?path=C%2BForney%2BNov%2B2017.pdf

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  9. Forney, C.F. and J. Song. 2017. Flavors and aromas: Chemistry and biological functions. p. 933-974. In: E.M. Yahia (ed.) Fruit and Vegetable Phytochemicals: Chemistry and Human Health. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, West Sussex, UK.

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  10. Ali, A., Yeoh, W.K., Forney, C. and Siddiqui, M.W. 2017. Advances in postharvest technologies to extend the storage life of minimally processed fruits and vegetables. Crit. Rev. Food Sci. Nutr.:1-18.

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  11. Forney, C.F., S. Blatt, T. Forge, D. Neilsen, J.A. Cline, K.D. Munro Pennell and S.A.E. Fillmore. 2017. Rootstock effects on phloem amino acid composition: Role in aphid resistance. ASHS Annual Meeting Sept 19-22, 2017, Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA (abstract) https://ashs.confex.com/ashs/2017/webprogramarchives/Paper26286.html

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  12. Duarte-Sierra, A., Forney, C.F., Michaud, D., Angers, P., Arul, J. (2017). Influence of hormetic heat treatment on quality and phytochemical compounds of broccoli florets during storage, 128 44-53. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.postharvbio.2017.01.017

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  13. Forney, C.F. (2016). "Impact of Postharvest Technologies on the Flavor of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.", - Postharvest Ripening Physiology of Crops, pp. 585-620.

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  14. FORNEY, C. F. 2016. Physiology and biochemistry of aroma and off-odors in fresh-cut products. Acta Horticulturae, 1141, 35-46.

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  15. McClure, K.A., Gardner, K.M., Toivonen, P.M.A., Hampson, C.R., Song, J., Forney, C.F., DeLong, J., Rajcan, I., Myles, S. (2016). QTL analysis of soft scald in two apple populations, 3 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/hortres.2016.43

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  16. Yang, X., Song, J., Du, L., Forney, C., Campbell-Palmer, L., Fillmore, S., Wismer, P., Zhang, Z. (2016). Ethylene and 1-MCP regulate major volatile biosynthetic pathways in apple fruit, 194 325-336. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2015.08.018

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  17. Forney, C., J. Song, P. Toivonen, M.A. Jordan, and S.A.E. Fillmore. 2016. Volatile metabolite changes in ‘Ambrosia’ apple fruit associated with soft scald development. HortScience, ASHS Annual Meeting Aug 8-11, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (presentation)

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  18. FORNEY, C. F., JAMIESON, A. R., PENNELL, K. D. M., JORDAN, M. A. & FILLMORE, S. A. E. 2016. Response of raspberry cultivars and selections to controlled atmosphere storage. Acta Horticulturae, 1120, 57-64.

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  19. FORNEY, C. F., JORDAN, M. A. & CUE, K. R. 2016. Identification of aroma- Active compounds of whole and macerated 'Honeycrisp' and 'Ambrosia' apples. Acta Horticulturae, 1120, 137-142.

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  20. Forney, C., D. Leblanc, C. Vigneault, V. Toussaint, G. Bourgeois, A. Clement, and G. Bezanson. 2016. The interaction of storage temperature and duration on aroma volatiles in tomato fruit. VIII International Postharvest Symposium, Cartagena, Spain, June 21-24 (abstract)

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