Song, Jun, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Postharvest Physiology


Contact Information:

32 Main Street
Kentville, Nova Scotia B4N 1J5
Telephone: 902-365-8497
Fax: 902-365-8455
Email: jun.song@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Focus on food quality and safety of horticultural produce; Conducted extensively research on biochemistry, physiology and physiological regulations of food quality during postharvest. Progresses include preventing postharvest decay and enhancing flavor by using nature volatiles; developing rapid, qualitative and quantitative aroma volatile measuring techniques (SPME/GC/TOFMS); analysis of plants secondary metabolites in food products; developing non-destructive fruit quality measurements by using chlorophyll fluorescence; molecular biology of fruit ripening (proteomic and genomic) related to fruit quality.

Current Projects:

  • Biochemistry and characterization of flavor volatile biosynthesis in fruits and vegetables
  • Using biotechnology tools to study and improve quality
  • Using Chlorophyll Fluorescence for the Rapid, Non-Destructive Assessment of Apple Fruit Quality
  • Development of new technologies to enhance quality and prevent postharvest deteriorations.

Research Publications:

The links below lead to abstracts with access to full text.

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

Other Science Related Publications:

2016

  • Forney, C., J. Song, P. Toivonen, M.A. Jordan, and S.A.E. Fillmore. 2016. Volatile metabolite changes in ‘Ambrosia’ apple fruit associated with soft scald development. HortScience, ASHS Annual Meeting Aug 8-11, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (presentation)

2015

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Du, L., Song, J., Palmer, C., Fillmore, S.A.E., and Zhang, Z. (2015). "Proteome changes in banana fruit in response to high temperature and ethylene treatments.", ASHS2015, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, August 4-7, 2015.
  • 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, Truro, NS, USA, March 31-April 1, 2015. (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 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., 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.", Annual Meeting of the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP 2015), Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR, USA, July 26-29, 2015, Published abstract. (Poster)
  • McClure, K.A., Gardner, K.M., Toivonen, P.M.A., Hampson, C.R., Lannard, B.L., Rajcan, I., Song, J., and Myles, S. (2015). "Genetic mapping using next-generation DNA sequencing in apple.", Canadian Plant Genome Workshop (CPGW 2015), Victoria, BC, Canada, August 1-13., 2015.
  • Paudel, J.R., Davidson, C., Campbell, L., Clark, C., Nolan, L., Song, J., Murphy, A.M., Itkin, M., Aharoni, A., and Tai, H.H. (2015). "Reduced Steroidal Glycoalkaloid Levels Affects Solanum tuberosum Biotic Stress Resistance.", Solanaceae Genome Conference, Bordeaux, October 25-29, 2015.
  • Paudel, J.R., Davidson, C., Campbell, L., Clark, C., Nolan, L., Song, J., Murphy, A.M., Itkin, M., Aharoni, A., and Tai, H.H. (2015). "Reduced Steroidal Glycoalkaloid Levels Affects Solanum tuberosum resistance against Pests and Diseases."
  • Song, J., Du, L., Kalt, W., Palmer, C., Fillmore, S.A.E., Zhang, Z., and Li, X.-H. (2015). "Targeted quantitative proteomic investigation reveals the changes in proteins responsible for flavonoid and anthocyanin biosynthesis in strawberry fruit at different ripening stages.", ASHS2015, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, August 4-7, 2015.
  • Song, J., Forney, C.F., Myles, S., Sauerteig, K.A., Du, L., Hampson, C.R., Toivonen, P.M.A., Fan, L., DeLong, J.M., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2015). "An integrated “omics” investigation on control mechanisms and molecular markers of apple fruit storage disorders.", AG Connect 2015 Summit, Truro, NS, USA, March 31-April 1, 2015. (Poster)
  • Toivonen, P.M.A., DeLong, J.M., Hampson, C.R., Song, J., Forney, C.F., and Myles, S. (2015). "Peel maturity only correlates with soft scald in a highly susceptible orchard of Ambrosia™ apple.", HortScience, 50(9), pp. S181. (Abstract)
  • Toivonen, P.M.A., DeLong, J.M., Song, J., and Forney, C.F. (2015). "Peel Maturity only Correlates with Soft Scald in a Highly Susceptible Orchard of Ambrosia™ apple.", American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Annual Conference 2015, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, August 4-7, 2015.

2014

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Song, J. (2013). "Basic postharvest physiology of cold storage.", WSHA 109thAnnual Meeting and NW Hort. Exp., Wenatchee, WA, USA, December 1-4, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Song, J. (2013). "Flavor of Apples.", The 149th NSFGA Annual Conference, Kentville, NS, Canada, January 30, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Song, J. (2013). "Maintain and improve quality and safety of fresh fruit and vegetables: An integrated “Omics” approach.", Department of Biology. Acadia University, Wolfville, NS, Canada, February 7, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Song, J. (2013). "Using Chlorophyll Fluorescence for the Rapid, Non-Destructive Assessment of Fruit Quality.", ASHS 2013 Workshop on Non-destructive fruit quality detection, Palm Spring, California, USA, July 22-25, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Song, J. (2013). "Utility of Ozone in the Postharvest Environment.", WSHA 109thAnnual Meeting and NW Hort. Exp., Wenatchee, WA, USA, December 1-4, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Yang, X.-T., Song, J., Campbell-Palmer, L., Fillmore, S.A.E., and Zhang, Z. (2013). "Evidences from Individual Studies of Ethylene and 1-MCP Treatment Prove that Volatile Biosynthesis Is Regulated by Ethylene in Apple (cv. ‘Golden Delicious’).", ASHS Annual Conference 2013, Palm Spring, California, USA, July 22-25, 2013.

2012

  • 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., 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., 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. (2012). "Unraveling fruit ripening, senescence and redox- antioxidant system by employing quantitative proteomic investigations using stable isotope labeling by peptide dimethylation and multi reaction monitoring (MRM).", Gordon Research Conference on Plant Senescence: Epigenetic, Genetic, and Signaling Processes in Senescence, Stonehill college, Easton, MA, USA, July 8-12, 2012.
  • 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)
  • Song, J., Tsao, R., Yang, R., and Campbell-Palmer, L. (2012). "Effect of 1-MCP treatment on polyphenolics and antioxidants compounds in apple fruit during ripening.", 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), S264. (Abstract)
  • Yang, X.-T., Li, L., Song, J., Campbell-Palmer, L., Hong, X., and Zhang, Z.Q. (2012). "Application of OFFGEL and dimethylation labeling as quantitative proteomic analysis procedure to investigate protein changes in fruit during ripening and in response to postharvest treatment.", 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), S169. (Abstract)

2011

  • 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., 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)
  • 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)
  • Song, J., Pinto, D.M., Chisholm, K., and Campbell-Palmer, L. (2011). "Proteomic investigation on protein variations of apple fruit during ripening and senescence using triplex protein quantification technique based on stable isotope labeling by peptide dimethylation.", 5th Symposium on Enabling Technologies for Proteomics (ETP2011) conjunction with the 3rd Annual Symposium of the Canadian National Proteomics Network (CNPN), Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, AB, Canada, May 8-11, 2011.
  • Song, J., Yang, X.-T., Campbell-Palmer, L., and Zhang, Z. (2011). "Gene expression in relationship to volatile biosynthesis in apple fruit during ripening and senescence.", 108th Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), Hilton, Waikoloa, HI, USA, September 25-28, 2011, P7094.
  • Song, J., Yang, X.-T., Zhang, Z., and Campbell-Palmer, L. (2011). "Ethylene perception and biosynthesis in apple fruit is differentially controlled by ethylene during fruit ripening and senescence.", 108th Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), Hilton, Waikoloa, HI, USA, September 25-28, 2011, P7095.

2010

  • Forney, C.F., Song, J., Toivonen, P.M.A., Cliff, M.A., Lu, C., and Jordan, M.A. (2010). "Factors affecting the flavor of fresh-cut apples.", 107th Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) for Speciality Crops, Palm Desert, CA, USA, August 2-5, 2010, Published in: HortScience, 45(8), pp. S57. (Abstract)
  • Jiang, Y.M. and Song, J. (2010). "Fruits and Fruit Flavor: Classification and Biological Characterization.", in Chen, F. et al. (eds.) - Handbook of Fruit and Vegetable Flavors. Vol. 1-2, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chapter 1, pp. 3-23.
  • Song, J. (2010). "Major enzymes of flavor volatiles production and regulation in fresh fruits and vegetables.", in Bayindirli, A. (ed.) - Enzymes in Fruit and Vegetable Processing: Chemistry and Engineering Applications, CRC Press Taylor & Francis, Chapter 3, pp. 45-69.
  • Song, J. (2010). "Protein changes in relation to fruit quality and safety: from qualitative to quantitative proteomics.", Gordon Research Conference on Postharvest Physiology, Tilton, NH, USA, June 27-July 2, 2010.
  • Song, J., Campbell-Palmer, L., Rowland, E., Chisholm, K., Pinto, D.M., and Byers, D.M. (2010). "Protein changes in relation to food quality and safety.", 4th ETP, Montréal, QC, Canada, May 8-10, 2010.
  • Song, J., Forney, C.F., Moreau, D.L., Jordan, M.A., Fillmore, S.A.E., and Munro, K.D. (2010). "Effect of fruit maturity and cutting on the respiration and volatile production of apple fruit.", 28th International Horticultural Congress (IHC2010): Postharvest technology in global market, Lisboa Congress Centre, Lisbon, Portugal, August 22-27, 2010. (Poster)
  • Song, J., Yang, X.-T., Campbell-Palmer, L., and Zhang, Z. (2010). "Gene expression in relationship to ethylene perception in apple fruit during ripening and senescence.", 28th International Horticultural Congress (IHC2010): Postharvest technology in global market, Lisboa Congress Centre, Lisbon, Portugal, August 22-27, 2010.
  • Yang, X.-T., Song, J., Campbell-Palmer, L., and Zhang, Z. (2010). "Gene expression related to allergens in apple fruit during ripening and senescence.", 107th Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) for Speciality Crops, Palm Desert, CA, USA, August 2-5, 2010.

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.
  • Song, J. (2009). "Application of proteomic techniques to fruit and vegetables.", Zhejiang Agricultural Academy of Science, Hangzhou, China, August 14, 2009. (Presentation)
  • Song, J. (2009). "Maintain and improve flavour quality of fresh fruit and vegetables.", Zhejiang Agricultural Academy of Science, Hangzhou, China, August 14, 2009. (Presentation)
  • Song, J. (2009). "Maintain and improve quality and safety of fresh fruit and vegetables: challenges and opportunities for fresh-cut industry.", 16th China Yangling Agriculture High-tech Fair, YangLing, Shaan-Xi Province, China, November 5-9, 2009. (Presentation)
  • Song, J. (2009). "Maintain and improve quality and safety of fresh fruit and vegetables: challenges and opportunities.", South China Agricultural University (SCAU), Guangzhou City, China, October 2009. (Presentation)
  • Song, J. (2009). "Proteomic analysis of protein changes in fruit ripening using amine-specific isotopic labeling, two-dimensional electrophoresis and LC-MS/MS.", 28th International Horticultural Congress (IHC2010): Postharvest technology in global market, Lisboa Congress Centre, Lisbon, Portugal, August 22-27, 2010.
  • Song, J. (2009). "Proteomic study of differentially expressed proteins in fruit during ripening and senescence.", 2009 Yangling International Agri-Science Forum, NorthWest Agriculture and Forestry University, YangLing, Shaan-Xi Province, China, November 2009. (Presentation)
  • Song, J. (2009). "Proteomics for fruit and vegetables.", South China Agricultural University (SCAU), Guangzhou City, China, October 2009. (Presentation)
  • Song, J., Zheng, Q., Braun, P.G., Forney, C.F., Watkins, C., and Bevis, E. (2009). "Proteomic Approach to Study Scald Disorder of Apples.", 106th Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), Millennium Hotel, St. Louis, MO, USA, July 25-28, 2009. (Poster)
  • Song, J., Zheng, Q., Braun, P.G., Forney, C.F., Watkins, C., and Bevis, E. (2009). "Proteomic Approach to Study Scald Disorder of Apples.", HortScience, 44(4), pp. 1169-1170. (Abstract)
  • Song, J., Zheng, Q., Braun, P.G., Forney, C.F., Watkins, C., and Bevis, E. (2009). "Proteomic approach to study scald disorder of apples.", HortScience, 44(4), pp. 1169-1170, #108. (Abstract)
  • Song, J., Zheng, Q., Campbell-Palmer, L., Doncaster, K.L., Rowland, E., and Byers, D.M. (2009). "Proteomic analysis of differentially expressed proteins in apple fruit during ripening and senescence.", 8th International Symposium on the Plant Hormone Ethylene, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA, June 21-25, 2009.
  • Song, J., Zheng, Q., Campbell-Palmer, L., Rowland, E., Chisholm, K., Pinto, D.M., and Byers, D.M. (2009). "Proteomic analysis of protein changes in fruit ripening using amine-specific isotopic labeling, two-dimensional electrophoresis and LC-MS/MS.", 4th Symposium on Enabling Technologies for Proteomics (ETP2009), Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 14, 2009.
  • Yang, X.-T., Song, J., and Zhang, Z. (2009). "Color, Chlorophyll Fluorescence, and Volatile Production in Banana Fruit Ripened at High Temperature.", 106th Annual International Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science, Millennium Hotel, St. Louis, MO, USA, July 25-28, 2009. (Presentation)
  • Yang, X.-T., Song, J., and Zhang, Z. (2009). "Color, Chlorophyll Fluorescence, and Volatile Production in Banana Fruit Ripened at High Temperature.", HortScience, 44(4), pp. 1004-1005. (Abstract)
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