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. 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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  2. Watson, T.T., Nelson, L.M., Neilsen, D., Neilsen, G.H., Forge, T.A. (2017). Soil amendments influence Pratylenchus penetrans populations, beneficial rhizosphere microorganisms, and growth of newly planted sweet cherry. Applied Soil Ecology, [online] 117-118 212-220. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2017.04.014

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Fentabil, M.M., Nichol, C.F., Neilsen, G.H., Hannam, K.D., Neilsen, D., Forge, T.A., Jones, M.D. (2016). Effect of micro-irrigation type, N-source and mulching on nitrous oxide emissions in a semi-arid climate: An assessment across two years in a Merlot grape vineyard. Agricultural Water Management, [online] 171 49-62. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2016.02.021

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  10. Forge, T., Kenney, E., Hashimoto, N., Neilsen, D., Zebarth, B. (2016). Compost and poultry manure as preplant soil amendments for red raspberry: Comparative effects on root lesion nematodes, soil quality and risk of nitrate leaching. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, [online] 223 48-58. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2016.02.024

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  11. Hannam, K.D., Neilsen, G.H., Forge, T.A., Neilsen, D., Losso, I., Jones, M.D., Nichol, C., Fentabil, M.M. (2016). Irrigation practices, nutrient applications, and mulches affect soil nutrient dynamics in a young merlot (Vitis vinifera L.) vineyard. Canadian Journal of Soil Science, [online] 96(1), 23-36. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjss-2014-0118

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  12. 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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  13. Forge, T., Neilsen, G., Neilsen, D. (2016). Organically acceptable practices to improve replant success of temperate tree-fruit crops. Scientia Horticulturae, [online] 200 205-214. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scienta.2016.01.002

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  14. Wallace, B.M., Krzic, M., Newman, R.F., Forge, T.A., Broersma, K., Neilsen, G. (2016). Soil aggregate dynamics and plant community response after biosolids application in a semiarid grassland. Journal of Environmental Quality, [online] 45(5), 1663-1671. http://dx.doi.org/10.2134/jeq2016.01.0030

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  15. Forge, T.A., Neilsen, D., Zebarth, B.J., Neilsen, G.H., Kenney, E., Hashimoto, N., and Watson, T.T. (2015). "Using compost amendmenets to enhance soil health and replant establishment of tree-fruit and berry crops.", 3rd International Symposium on Organic Matter Management and Compost Use in Horticulture, International Society for Horticultural Science, Murcia, Spain, April 20-24, 2015.

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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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