Charles F. Forney, Ph.D.

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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

Education and awards

B.Sc. Horticulture, The Pennsylvania State University 1978

B.Sc. Biology, The Pennsylvania State University 1978

M.Sc. Horticulture, The Pennsylvania State University 1980

Ph. D. Horticulture, Oregon State University 1984

Key publications

  1. 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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  2. Thiagarajan, A., Lada, R., Pepin, S., Forney, C., Desjardins, Y., Dorais, M. (2016). Vulnerability of low temperature induced needle retention in balsam fir (Abies balsamea L.) to vapor pressure deficits, 31(1), 1-7. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02827581.2015.1059484

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  3. Du, L., Song, J., Forney, C., Palmer, L.C., Fillmore, S., Zhang, Z. (2016). Proteome changes in banana fruit peel tissue in response to ethylene and high-temperature treatments, 3 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/hortres.2016.12

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  4. Madani, B. and Forney, C.F. (2015). "Recent reports on effects of calcium on postharvest behaviour.", in Wills, R.B.H and Golding, J. (ed.) - Advances in Postharvest Fruit and Vegetable Technology, CRC Press Taylor, Boca Raton, FL, USA, Chapter 2, pp. 19-38.

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  5. Forney, C.F., Bezanson, G.S., Ells, T.C., Fan, L., and LeBlanc, D.I. (2015). "Impact of heat sanitation of fresh whole cantaloupe on fruit quality and volatile metabolism.", Acta Horticulturae (ISHS), 1079, pp. 145-151.

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  6. Toivonen, P.M.A., DeLong, J.M., Hampson, C.R., Song, J., Forney, C.F., and Myles, S. (2015). "Peel maturity only correlates with soft scald in a highly susceptible orchard of Ambrosia™ apple.", HortScience, 50(9), pp. S181. (Abstract)

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  7. Forney, C.F., Jamieson, A.R., Munro Pennell, K.D., Jordan, M.A., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2015). "Atmosphere Modification Effects on Red Raspberry Fruit Market Life.", United Fresh 2015, Chicago, IL, USA, June 9-11, 2015. (Poster)

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  8. Bach, S.J., Fan, L., Forney, C.F., and Delaquis, P.J. (2015). "Quality and Safety in Fresh-cut Vegetables and Fruits. United Fresh Produce Association Food Safety and Technology Council.", United Fresh 2015, Chicago, IL, USA, June 9-11, 2015, Oral presentation and handout information on AAFC’s research activities.

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  9. Song, J., Forney, C.F., Myles, S., Sauerteig, K.A., Du, L., Hampson, C.R., Toivonen, P.M.A., Fan, L., DeLong, J.M., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2015). "An integrated “omics” investigation on control mechanisms and molecular markers of apple fruit storage disorders.", AG Connect 2015 Summit, Truro, NS, USA, March 31-April 1, 2015. (Poster)

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  10. Toivonen, P.M.A., DeLong, J.M., Song, J., and Forney, C.F. (2015). "Peel Maturity only Correlates with Soft Scald in a Highly Susceptible Orchard of Ambrosia™ apple.", American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Annual Conference 2015, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, August 4-7, 2015.

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  11. Forney, C.F., Jamieson, A.R., Munro Pennell, K.D., Jordan, M.A., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2015). "Impact of atmosphere modification on red raspberry fruit quality.", HortScience, 90(9), pp. S181. (Abstract)

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  12. Fan, L. and Forney, C.F. (2015). Quality and Safety in Fresh-cut Vegetables and Fruits. Presentation and Report to the S-294 committee meeting. The Multi-state Research Project S-294. (Report)

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  13. Forney, C.F., Jamieson, A.R., Munro Pennell, K.D., Jordan, M.A., Fillmore, S.A.E. (2015). Relationships between fruit composition and storage life in air or controlled atmosphere of red raspberry, 110 121-130. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.postharvbio.2015.07.017

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  14. Song, J., Du, L., Li, L., Palmer, L.C., Forney, C.F., Fillmore, S., Zhang, Z.Q., Li, X.H. (2015). Targeted quantitative proteomic investigation employing multiple reaction monitoring on quantitative changes in proteins that regulate volatile biosynthesis of strawberry fruit at different ripening stages, 126 288-295. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jprot.2015.06.004

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  15. Forney, C.F., Bezanson, G.S., Ells, T.C., Fan, L., and LeBlanc, D.I. (2014). "Impact of heat sanitation of fresh whole cantaloupe on fruit quality and volatile metabolism.", United Fresh 2014, Chicago, IL, USA, June 10-14, 2014. (Poster)

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  16. Fan, L., Hughes, T., Ban, Z., Bezanson, G.S., Forney, C.F., Ells, T.C., LeBlanc, D.I., Guan, J., and Li, J.B. (2014). "Investigation of vapor heat treatment on microbial control and quality of cantaloupes.", United Fresh 2014. (Poster)

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  17. Forney, C.F. (2014). "New blueberry juice developed.", AAFC Coastal Newsletter, 2014(Fall). (Newsletter)

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  18. Duarte Sierra, A., Angers, P., Michaud, D., Forney, C.F., and Arul, J. (2014). "Glucosinolates are enhanced by controlled application of abiotic stresses in broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. Italica) during the postharvest storage.", 2014 American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, USA, July 28-31, 2014. (Abstract)

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  19. Xie, Z.S., Forney, C.F., Cao, H., and Li, B. (2014). "Changes in water translocation in the vascular tissue of grape during fruit development.", Pakistan Journal of Botany, 46(2), pp. 483-488.

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  20. Forney, C.F., Bezanson, G.S., Ells, T.C., Fan, L., and LeBlanc, D.I. (2014). "Impact of heat sanitation of fresh whole cantaloupe on fruit quality and volatile metabolism.", The 5th Postharvest Unlimited Conference, Conference presentation and abstract.

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