Thomas Forge, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Applied Soil Ecology / Nematology

Current research and/or projects

General area of research is applied soil ecology, with an emphasis on: (1) Ecology and management of plant-parasitic nematodes; and (2) Integrated root health management for perennial horticulture crops.

Current projects:

  • Impacts of plant-parasitic nematodes on perennial fruit production in British Columbia
  • Comparative tolerance and resistance of new cherry and apple rootstocks to plant-parasitic nematodes
  • Identification and distribution of plant-parasitic nematode species of concern to agriculture in western Canada
  • Pre-plant soil and water management practices to suppress plant-parasitic nematodes and improve replant establishment of perennial fruit crops
  • Interactive influences of organic amendments, mulches and alternative irrigation practices on nematode population dynamics in orchards and vineyards

Education and awards

  • Ph.D. (Plant Pathology), University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.Sc. (Biology), Kansas State University

Key publications

  1. Larney, F.J., Catton, H.A. Geddes, C.M., Lupwayi, N.Z., Forge, T.A., Lemke, R.L., and Helgason, B.L. 2020. Cover cropping for organic carrot production. Oral presentation. Organic Alberta and Holistic Management Canada Conference, January 31-February 2, 2020, Camrose, AB.

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  2. Neilsen, D., Neilsen, G., Forge, T. 2018. Building resilience: future directions in mineral nutrition of woody perennial crops. Acta Horticulturae 1217:1-11. DOI 10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1217.1

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  3. 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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  4. Lang, G., Blatt, S.E., Forge, T.A., Lordan, J., Neilsen, D., Reig, G., and Robinson, T. (2016). "Integrating Sweet Cherry Canopy Architectures and Rootstocks in Different Environments: the NC140 Trial Results from Michigan, New York, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia.", XI International Symposium on Integrating Canopy, Rootstock and Environmental Physiology in Orchard Systems.

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  5. O'Gorman, D.T., Haag, P., Urbez-Torres, J.R., Forge, T.A., Nelson, L.M., and Toivonen, P.M.A. (2016). Characterization and management of two cherry diseases in the Okanagan: cherry slip skin and cherry replant disease. AIP-ASP reporting: BC Cherry Growers Association/Summerland Varieties Corp - Interim Report, January 1,2016. (Report)

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  6. O'Gorman, D.T., Haag, P., Forge, T.A., and Urbez-Torres, J.R. (2016). "Identification and characterization of the fungal pathogens inhabiting the root zone of sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. doi : 10.1080/07060661.2016.1139308 (Abstract)

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  7. Watson, T.T., Nelson, L.M., Neilsen, G.H., Neilsen, D., O'Gorman, D.T., and Forge, T.A. (2016). "Control of Pratylenchus penetrans on sweet cherry using organic soil amendments.", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. (Abstract)

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  8. Forge, T.A., Neilsen, D., Neilsen, G.H., Hannam, K.D., Randall, P., and Wambold, L. (2016). "Water-conserving mulch and micro-irrigation practices affect assemblages of nematodes parasitizing winegrape in the Okanagan Valley.", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. (Abstract)

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  9. Neilsen, D., Neilsen, G.H., Forge, T. and Lang, G.A. 2016. Dwarfing rootstocks and training systems affect initial growth, cropping and nutrition in 'Skeena' sweet cherry. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 1130:199-206

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  10. Hannam, K.D., Kehila, D., Millard, P., Midwood, A., Neilsen, D., Neilsen, G.H., Forge, T.A., Nichol, C., and Jones, M.D. (2016). "Bicarbonates in irrigation water contribute to carbonate formation and CO2 production in orchard soils under drip irrigation.", Geoderma, 266, pp. 120-126. doi : 10.1016/j.geoderma.2015.12.015

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  11. Neilsen, D., Neilsen, G.H., and Forge, T.A. (2015). "Irrigation and nutrient management in tree fruit production systems.", Apple and Pear Horticulture, WSU Fruit School, Wenatchee, WA, USA, November 17, 2015, Presentation. (Abstract)

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  12. Mimee, B., Bélair, G., Yu, Q., Forge, T.A., Rott, M., and Tenuta, M. (2015). "La génomique et les nouvelles technologies au service de la biovigilance des nématodes phytoparasites.", Journée de la science, Centre de recherche et développement en horticulture. (Presentation)

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  13. Neilsen, D., Neilsen, G.H., and Forge, T.A. (2015). "Precision nutrient and water management for irrigated woody perennial crops.", AAFC Science Day, July 9, 2015. (Presentation)

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  14. Zebarth, B.J., Ryan, M.C., Graham, G.L., Forge, T.A., and Neilsen, D. (2015). "Addressing groundwater nitrate contamination associated with intensive agricultural production systems: The Abbotsford-Sumas Aquifer case study.", Internal Association of Hydrogeologists – Canadian National Chapter Annual Meeting, Waterloo, ON, Canada, October 27-30, 2015.

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  15. Forge, T.A., Hashimoto, N., Neilsen, D., Kenney, E., and Zebarth, B.J. (2015). "The use of compost as a preplant amendment to minimize impacts of parasitic nematodes and improve soil health and early establishment of red raspberry.", Acta Horticulturae (ISHS), 1076, pp. 225-232. doi : 10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1076.26

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  16. Watson, T.T., Nelson, L.M., Neilsen, D., Neilsen, G.H., O'Gorman, D.T., and Forge, T.A. (2015). "Control of Pratylenchus penetrans on sweet cherry using organic soil amendments.", Canadian Phytopathological Society BC. Regional Meetings, Abbotsford, BC, October 21, 2015. (Presentation)

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  17. Forge, T.A., Neilsen, D., Neilsen, G.H., Hannam, K.D., Randall, P., and Wambold, L. (2015). "Water-conserving mulch and micro-irrigation practices affect assemblages of nematodes parasitizing wine grape in the Okanagan Valley.", Canadian Phytopathological Society BC. Regional Meetings, Abbotsford, BC, Canada, October 21, 2015. (Presentation)

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  18. Watson, T.T., Nelson, L.M., and Forge, T.A. (2015). "Alternative management of root-lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus penetrans) and Cylindrocarpon/Ilyonectria spp. Impacting apple and sweet cherry during replant establishment.", Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 37(2), pp. 245. doi : 10.1080/07060661.2015.1027547 (Abstract)

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  19. Forge, T.A., Neilsen, G.H., Neilsen, D., O'Gorman, D.T., Hogue, E.J., and Angers, D.A. (2015). "Organic orchard soil management practices affect soil biology and organic matter.", Acta Horticulturae (ISHS), 1076, pp. 77-84.

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  20. Ehret, D.L., Frey, B., Forge, T.A., Helmer, T., and Bryla, D.R. (2015). "Age-related changes in response of highbush blueberry plants to drip irrigation.", HortScience, 50(3), pp. 486-490.

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Research facility

4200 Highway #97
Summerland, BC V0H 1Z0
Canada

Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of British Columbia-Okanagan
  • Test Site Manager, AAFC Minor Use Pesticides Program
  • Society of Nematologists
  • Canadian Phytopathological Society
  • American Phytopathological Society
  • Soil Ecology Society
  • BC Agricultural Climate Adaptation Research Network

Language

English