Dr. Lihua Fan, CFS

Image Lihua Fan
Research Scientist

Dr. Fan is a food scientist/food microbiologist. Her research addresses both fundamental and practical challenges related to improvement of safety and quality of horticultural produce and food products. She has successfully initiated and led numerous national and international collaborative research projects and has been interacting effectively with government, industry and university collaborators. She has supervised AAFC's and industry technicians, graduate students, co-op and summer students, and visiting scientists. Dr. Fan's research activities and achievements contribute to the Agri-food science and the food industry through generating new knowledge, publishing scientific papers, giving presentations at national and international scientific conferences, developing practical applications and providing scientific advice that industries have incorporated into their handling practices to develop and market the novel food products.

Current research and/or projects

  • New Technologies and Natural Antimicrobials to Improve Microbial and Produce Quality, and Extend Shelf Life of Fresh and Fresh-cut Fruit and Vegetables
  • Carotenoids-producing Yeasts and/or Bacteria of Biotechnological Importance 
  • ASC-12 Grape Wine Cluster Activity 13- Improving Wine Quality Through Mixed and Sequential Fermentations with Indigenous Yeasts 
  • Characterisation of Heat-resistant Molds (HRM) Isolated from Frozen Wild Blueberries and Developing New Blueberry Products 
  • Studies on Properties of Lactic Acid Bacteria and  Development of Fermentation Processes and Fermented Food Products 

Research and/or project statements

Dr. Fan’s research focuses on food safety and quality:

  • applying fermentation technology to improve flavour and nutrition of value-added foods;
  • characterising and selecting native yeasts to improve wine quality;
  • developing novel natural antimicrobials from plant and bacterial origins for food protection;
  • ensuring microbial safety/quality of whole and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables;
  • controlling heat-resistant molds to extend shelf life of processed food products;
  • developing innovative technologies to control post-harvest decay of horticultural produce.

Education and awards

1984. Bachelor Degree. Horticulture. China Agricultural University. Beijing

1989. Master Degree. Food Science/Microbiology. China Agricultural University. Beijing

1991. Ph.D. Food Science/Microbiology. China Agricultural University. Beijing

2009. Received the Canadian Forces Liaison Council’s Nova Scotia Provincial Award for Best Practices in Employer Support.

Since 2013. Certified Food Scientist (CFS)- professional honor and recognized globally.

International experience and/or work

1984-1986. Researcher. Beijing Agricultural Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

1991-1992. Faculty (Lecturer). Department of Food Science, China Agricultural University. Beijing

1992-1994. Visiting Scientist. Institute of Food Technology, University of Hohenheim. Stuttgart, Germany

1995-1998. Visiting Researcher. Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University. Michigan, USA

Key publications

Research publications

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

  • Fan, L., Truelstrup Hansen, L., Sharpe, D., Chen, S., and Zhang, H. (2015). "Role of lactic acid bacteria in the fermentation and biopreservation of plant based foods.", in Hui, Y.H. and Özgül Evranuz, E. (eds.) - Handbook of Vegetable Preservation and Processing (second edition), CRC Press, pp. 779-796.
  • 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.

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

  • Sharpe, D., Fan, L., McRae, K., Walker, B., MacKay, R., Doucette, C. (2009). Effects of ozone treatment on botrytis cinerea and sclerotinia sclerotiorum in relation to horticultural product quality, 74(6), http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1750-3841.2009.01234.x
  • Other science related publications

    2015

    • 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.
    • Ban, Z., Fan, L., Doucette, C., Hughes, T., Fillmore, S.A.E., Guan, J., and Li, J. (2015). "Antimicrobial Effect of Pomegranate Juice on Listeria innocua and Escherichia coli in Different Culture Systems.", IAFP Conference 2015. (Poster)
    • Ban, Z., Fan, L., Doucette, C., Hughes, T., Fillmore, S.A.E., and Guan, J. (2015). "Antimicrobial effect of pomegranate juice on Listeria innocua and Escherichia coli.", United Fresh 2015, Chicago, IL, USA, June 9-11, 2015. (Poster)
    • Chen, S., Fan, L., Song, J., Zhang, H., Doucette, C., Hughes, T., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2015). "Antilisterial effect of bacteriocinogenic lactic acid bacteria in vegetable or fruit juice medium.", United Fresh 2015, Chicago, IL, USA, June 9-11, 2015. (Poster)
    • 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)
    • Fan, L. and Kalt, W. (2015). "Antimicrobial effects of haskap berry polyphenolics.", Haskap Berry Research Meeting. (Presentation)
    • Fan, L., Chen, S., Doucette, C., Hughes, T., Song, J., Kalt, W., Zhang, H., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2015). "Characterization of Heat- resistant Fungi-Food Safety and Quality Aspects.", Ag. Connect 2015 Summit. (Poster)
    • Fan, L., Chen, S., Doucette, C., Hughes, T., Song, J., Kalt, W., Zhang, H., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2015). "Characterization of Heat- resistant Fungus, Neosartorya pseudofischeri Subjected to Heat Treatments.", IAFP Conference 2015, Published abstract. (Poster)
    • Fan, L., Doucette, C., and Hughes, T. (2015). "Development of innovative food products by using cavitation technology to address quality and safety aspects.", Food Cluster project workshop. (Presentation)

    2014

    • Ban, Z., Fan, L., Doucette, C., Hughes, T., Fillmore, S.A.E., Guan, J., and Li, J. (2014). "Antimicrobial effect of cranberry juice on L. innocua and E. coli in different medium.", United Fresh 2014, Chicago, IL, USA, June 10-14, 2014. (Poster)
    • Chen, S., Fan, L., Song, J., Zhang, H., Doucette, C., Hughes, T., and Campbell, L. (2014). "Quantitative proteomic investigation employing stable isotope labeling by peptide dimethylation on protein changes of Lactococcus lactis.", 11th International Symposium on LAB, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, August 31-Septmber 4, 2014, Conference presentation and published abstract.
    • Chen, S., Fan, L., Song, J., Zhang, H., Doucette, C., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2014). "Inhibitory effect of bacteriocinogenic lactic acid bacteria on Listeria innocua inoculated in simulated medium of vegetable or fruit juice.", 11th International Symposium on LAB, Conference presentation and published abstract.
    • 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)
    • 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.
    • 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)
    • Song, J., Fan, L., Li, L., Hughes, T., Palmer, C., and Li, X.H. (2014). "Quantitative proteomic investigation on effect of 1-methylcyclopropene treatments on postharvest quality of selected cut flowers.", 29th International Horticultural Congress, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, August 17 -24, 2014, Conference presentation and abstract.

    2013

    • Fan, L., Kalt, W., Doucette, C., Hughes, T., Song, J., Chen, S., Zhang, H., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2013). "Challenge test on heat- resistant fungus, Byssochlamys striata inoculated in blueberry juice and subjected to heat treatments.", IAFP annual conference 2014, Charlotte, NC, USA, July 28-August 1, 2013. (Poster)
    • Fan, L., Kalt, W., Doucette, C., Hughes, T., Song, J., Chen, S., Zhang, H., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2013). "Characterization of heat- resistant fungus, Byssochlamys striata inoculated in blueberry juice and subjected to heat treatments.", IAFP annual conference 2014, Charlotte, NC, USA, July 28-August 1, 2013. (Poster)
    • Fan, L., Song, J., Hughes, T., Doucette, C., Campbell-Palmer, L., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2013). "Effects of electrolyzed water and 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) on postharvest quality of selected cut flowers.", United Fresh 2013, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA, May 14-16, 2013.
    • Fan, L., Song, J., Li, L., Hughes, T., Campbell-Palmer, L., and Li, X.H. (2013). "Postharvest Treatments to Maintain Quality and Control Diseases of Cut Flowers.", ASHS Annual Conference 2013, Palm Spring, California, USA, July 22-25, 2013.

    2012

    • Fan, L. and Truelstrup-Hansen, L. (2012). "Fermentation and biopreservation of plant-based foods with lactic acid bacteria.", in Hui, Y.H. and Özgül Evranuz, E. (eds.) - Handbook of Plant-Based Fermented Food and Beverage Technology. 2nd Edition, CRC Press, pp. 35-48.
    • Fan, L., DeLong, J.M., Doucette, C., Hughes, T., and Bishop, M.C. (2012). "Effect of heat treatment on microbial quality of fiddleheads.", United Fresh 2012, Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX, USA, May 1-23, 2012. (Poster)
    • Fan, L., Sharpe, D., Yang, E., Doucette, C., Song, J., Truelstrup-Hansen, L., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2012). "Antimicrobial effects of bacteriocins producing lactic acid bacteria isolated from plant origin.", How bugs kill bugs: progress and challenges in bacteriocin research, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK, July 16-18, 2012. (Poster)
    • Fan, L., Song, J., Hughes, T., Doucette, C., and Campbell-Palmer, L. (2012). "Application of cchlorophyll fluorescence (CF) technology to monitor postharvest quality of cut flowers during storage and after 1-MCP treatment.", 7th International Postharvest Symposium (IPS 2012), Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 25-29, 2012.
    • Fan, L., Song, J., Hughes, T., Doucette, C., and Campbell-Palmer, L. (2012). "Effect of 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) and antimicrobial agent treatments on postharvest quality of selected cut flowers.", 109th Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), InterContinental Miami Hotel, Miami, FL, USA, July 31-August 3, 2012, Published in: HortScience 47(9), S354. (Abstract)
    • Fan, L., Yang, E., Jiang, Y.M., Doucette, C., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2012). "Optimizing growth conditions for lactic acid bacteria and bacteriocin activity.", United Fresh 2012, Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX, USA, May 1-23, 2012, P046. (Poster)
    • Fan, L., Yang, E., Song, J., Jiang, Y.M., Doucette, C., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2012). "Optimizing growth condition for bacteriocinogenic lactic acid bacteria and bacteriocins production.", How bugs kill bugs: progress and challenges in bacteriocin research, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK, July 16-18, 2012. (Poster)
    • Forney, C.F., Bezanson, G.S., Fan, L., Ells, T.C., and LeBlanc, D.I. (2012). "Development of the Low Temperature Thermal Treatment (LT3) Process to Sanitize Fresh-cut Cantaloupe.", United Fresh 2012, Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX, USA, May 1-23, 2012. (Poster)
    • Forney, C.F., Fan, L., Song, J., and Jordan, M.A. (2012). "Impact of Heat Treatments on the Volatile Composition of Apples.", United Fresh 2012, Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX, USA, May 1-23, 2012. (Poster)
    • Song, J. and Fan, L. (2012). "Post-harvest treatments (1-MCP and antimicrobials) to maintain quality and control diseases of fresh-cut flowers.", Research and Innovation Forum, Canadian Ornamental Science Cluster, Mississauga, ON, Canada, December 5, 2012. (Presentation)

    2011

    • Fan, L. (2011). "Antimicrobial activities and applications of bacteriocins producing lactic acid bacteria. Invited speaker.", 9th International Conference of Food Science and Technology (ICFST), Hangzhou, China, May 27-29, 2011. (Presentation)
    • Fan, L., Sharpe, D., Yang, E., Doucette, C., Song, J., Truelstrup-Hansen, L., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2011). "Antimicrobial effects of bacteriocins producing lactic acid bacteria isolated from plant origin.", 108th Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), Hilton, Waikoloa, HI, USA, September 25-28, 2011, P049.
    • Fan, L., Yang, E., Doucette, C., Jiang, Y.M., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2011). "Antimicrobial effect of nature seal and commercial fermented product on fresh-cut squashes.", United Fresh 2011, New Orleans, LA, USA, May 2-5, 2011. (Poster)
    • Fan, L., Yang, E., Doucette, C., Song, J., Jiang, Y., Fillmore, S.A.E., and Walker, B.A. (2011). "Antimicrobial effect of commercial fermentation product and edible coating on fresh-cut squashes.", 108th Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), Hilton, Waikoloa, HI, USA, September 25-28, 2011, Published in: HortScience 46(9), S341. (Abstract)
    • Forney, C.F., Fan, L., Song, J., and Jordan, M.A. (2011). "Heat stress and fruit maturity affects the volatile composition of apples during storage.", 108th Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), Hilton, Waikoloa, HI, USA, September 25-28, 2011, Published in: HortScience, 46(9), pp.S271, #222. (Poster)
    • Forney, C.F., Grant, R., Fan, L., Doucette, C., and Jordan, M.A. (2011). "Market Life of Diced Red Onion Subjected to Modified Atmosphere Packaging and Antimicrobial Dips.", 2nd ISHS International Conference on Quality Management of Fresh Cut Produce: Convenience Food for a Tasteful Life, Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italy, July 17-21, 2011, pp. 31. (Abstract)
    • Grant, R., Forney, C.F., Fan, L., Doucette, C., and Jordan, M.A. (2011). "Impact of modified atmosphere packaging and antimicrobial dips on the market life of diced red onion.", United Fresh 2011, New Orleans, LA, USA, May 2-5, 2011. (Poster)
    • Song, J. and Fan, L. (2011 Internal). Pre- and post-harvest treatments to maintain quality and control diseases of greenhouse and nursery crops species. Presentation of science cluster report (on-line). January 2012. (Report)

    2010

    • Fan, L., Sharpe, D., Truelstrup-Hansen, L., Doucette, C., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2010). "Biopreservation of fresh-cut salads using bacteriocin producing lactic acid bacteria isolated from commercial produce.", United Fresh 2010, Sands MegaCenter, Las Vegas, NV, USA, April 20-23, 2010. (Poster)
    • Fan, L., Sharpe, D., Yang, E., Doucette, C., Fillmore, S.A.E., and Walker, B.A. (2010). "Potential of lactic acid bacteria and bacteriocins as bio-preservatives and antimicrobials.", 10th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Chicago, IL, USA, July 17-20, 2010, Abstract no. 038-45, pp. 44. (Poster)
    • Forney, C.F., Grant, R., Fan, L., Doucette, C., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2010). "Influence of packaging on loss of aroma and quality of diced red onions.", 28th International Horticultural Congress (IHC2010): Postharvest technology in global market, Lisboa Congress Centre, Lisbon, Portugal, August 22-27, 2010. (Poster)
    • Yang, E., Fan, L., Jiang, Y.M., Doucette, C., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2010). "Antimicrobial activity of bacteriocin-producing lactic acid bacteria isolated from cheeses and yogurts.", 10th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Chicago, IL, USA, July 17-20, 2010, Abstract no. 038-34, pp. 44. (Poster)
    • Yang, E., Fan, L., Jiang, Y.M., Doucette, C., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2010). "Antimicrobial effect of natural metabolites - MicroGARD®730 on fresh cut onions.", 10th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Chicago, IL, USA, July 17-20, 2010, Abstract no. 152-19, pp. 155. (Poster)

    2009

    • Fan, L., Moreau, D.L., Allan-Wojtas, P., Doucette, C., Fillmore, S.A.E., and Walker, B.A. (2009). "Enumeration of lactic acid bacteria and evaluation of shelf life of a new type of yogurt’.", 9th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, USA, June 6-9, 2009.
    • Fan, L., Song, J., Forney, C.F., and Jordan, M.A. (2009). "The response of apples at different maturity to heat treatment.", 9th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, USA, June 6-9, 2009.
    • Sharpe, D., Fan, L., and Truelstrup-Hansen, L. (2009). "Antimicrobial activity of bacteriocin-like substance produced by lactic acid bacteria isolated from commercial produce.", 9th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, USA, June 6-9, 2009.

Research facility

32 Main Street
Kentville, NS B4N 1J5
Canada

Affiliations

  • Affiliated with Dalhousie University and Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. As a graduate students' supervisory committee member and adjunct professor.
  • As a member of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) 
  • As a member of the Institute of Food Technologist (IFT)- Professional member group and Food Microbiology Division 
  • As an evaluation group member for the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)'s Discovery Grants 

 

 

Language

English

Other languages

Chinese