Marie Thérèse Charles

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Research scientist, Postharvest Physiology

In accordance with the strategies of the Science and Technology Branch and in response to industry needs and consumer demand, the post-harvest physiology research team is developing approaches to reduce the use of agrochemicals. Dr. Charles' research projects focus on clean and environmentally friendly technologies such as physical treatments. These technologies are applied at the pre-harvest and post-harvest stages to extend the storage life of fresh fruits and vegetables and increase their content of nutrients and compounds beneficial to human health.

Current research and/or projects

Pre-harvest UV-C treatment as an environmentally-friendly approach to disease control during growth and improvement of post-harvest quality of greenhouse vegetables

Development of a post-harvest UV treatment technology for extending the shelf life of fresh organic fruit and vegetables

The Three Sisters value chain: characterization of the attributes and functionality of native varieties of corn, squash and beans, preservation of genetic material, and prefeasibility of new crop models

Study of resistance induced by UV-C applied pre-harvest to control Xanthomonas campestris pv. Vitians, the agent responsible for bacterial leaf spot

Key publications

  1. Wang, Y., Charles, M.T., Dong, W., Dubé, C., and Khanizadeh, S. (2014). "Distribution of Phenolic Components and their Antioxidant Capacity in Strawberries.", Journal of Food Research, 3(2), pp. 54-60. doi : 10.5539/jfr.v3n2p54

    2014 - View publication details

  2. Xie, Z., Fan, J.S., Charlebois, D., Roussel, D., Dubé, C., Charles, M.T., and Khanizadeh, S. (2014). "Agronomic characteristics and phytochemical profiles of advanced June-bearing strawberry lines for the northern Canadian climate.", Agricultural and Food Science, 23(1), pp. 38-47.

    2014 - View publication details

  3. Nicolas, O., Toussaint, V., Jenni, S., Charles, M.T., and Beaulieu, C. (2013). "Étude de facteurs contribuant à la tolérance des cultivars de laitue à la tache bactérienne causée par Xanthomonas campestris pv. Vitians.", 105e réunion annuelle de la SPPQ : Nano, l’infiniment petit : une solution d’avenir en phytoprotection., Québec, QC, Canada, 5-6 juin, 2013.

    2013 - View publication details

  4. Damm, A., Charles, M.T., Gondet, L., Hampson, C.R., Dubé, C., and Khanizadeh, S. (2013). "Activity and concentration of polyphenolic antioxidants and agronomic characteristics of selected cultivars and advanced apple lines from Quebec and British Columbia, Canada.", Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment (JFAE), 11(3&4), pp. 834-843.

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  5. Zhang, Z., Zhu, X., Xie, Z., Zhao, Z.-Y., Dubé, C., Roussel, D., Charles, M.T., and Khanizadeh, S. (2013). "Yield, fruit quality, antioxidant capacity and phenolic composition of advanced raspberry lines from Quebec.", Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment (JFAE), 11(2), pp. 278-284.

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  6. Liplap, P., Vigneault, C., Toivonen, P., Charles, M.T., Raghavan, G.S.V. (2013). Effect of hyperbaric pressure and temperature on respiration rates and quality attributes of tomato, 86 240-248.

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  7. Khanizadeh, S., Charles, M.T., Yu, C., Tao, S., and Fan, L. (2012). "Effected Cultural Practices on Fruit Quality and Polyphenols Content.", Acta Horticulturae (ISHS), 926, pp. 401-406.

    2012 - View publication details

  8. Yaganza, E.-S., Arul, J., Tweddell, R.J., and Charles, M.T. (2012). "Postharvest Application of Organic and Inorganic Salts to Control Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) Storage Soft Rot: a Physico-Chemical Basis.", Acta Horticulturae (ISHS), 945, pp. 435-439.

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  9. Zhang, Z.-M., Zhao, Z.-Y., Liu, H., Dubé, C., Charles, M.T., Kempler, C., and Khanizadeh, S. (2012). "Horticultural characteristics and chemical composition of advanced raspberry lines from British Columbia.", Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment (JFAE), 10(3-4), pp. 883-887.

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  10. Goyette, B., Vigneault, C., Raghavan, V., Charles, M.T. (2012). Hyperbaric Treatment on Respiration Rate and Respiratory Quotient of Tomato, 5(8), 3066-3074.

    2012 - View publication details

Research facility

430 Gouin Boulevard
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC J3B 3E6



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