Dr. Lihua Fan, CFS

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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

  1. Fan, L. and Kalt, W. (2015). "Antimicrobial effects of haskap berry polyphenolics.", Haskap Berry Research Meeting. (Presentation)

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  2. 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)

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  3. 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)

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  4. 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)

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  5. 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)

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  6. 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)

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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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  9. 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.

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  10. 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)

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  11. 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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  12. 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.

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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.

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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)

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  18. Sharpe, D., Fan, L., Hansen, L.T., Doucette, C., Waddington, L.M., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2013). "Antimicrobial activity of bacteriocin-like substances producing lactic acid bacteria, isolated from commercial vegetable produce.", Journal of Antimicrobials, 128, pp. 257-268.

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  19. 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)

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  20. Fan, L. and Song, J. (2013). "Antimicrobial microbes-bacteriocin producing lactic acid bacteria.", in Méndez-Vilas, A. (ed.) - Microbial pathogens and strategies for combating them: science, technology and education, CRC Press, pp. 899-909.

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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