Cao, Rong, Ph.D.

Research Scientist


Contact Information:

93 Stone Road West
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5C9
Telephone: 226-217-8108
Fax: 519-829-2600
Email: rong.cao@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • characterization and utilization of antioxidative and bioactive phytochemicals in important Canadian crops and native plants for improved human health and food safety and quality
  • agri-food by-products and explore their potential as source of nutraceutical and functional food ingredients
  • bioavailability, metabolism and mode of action of phytochemical antioxidants
  • phytochemicals with antimicrobial activities.

Current Projects:

  • Development of natural patulin decontamination methods and value-added products from apple and apple pomace for human consumption
  • Discovery, characterization and production of bioactive phytochemicals for nutraceutical, functional food and non-food applications
  • Rural technology development and characterization of bioactive phytochemicals for nutraceutical or functional food applications

Affiliations:

  • Special Graduate Faculty, Department of Food Sciences, University of Guelph
  • Special Graduate Faculty, Department of Human Biology and Nutrition, University of Guelph
  • Special Graduate Faculty, Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph
  • Adjunct Professor, Baicheng Agricultural Research Institute, China

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

  • Guo, X.-B., Hao, X.M., Khosla, S., Kumar, K., Tsao, R., and Bennett, N. (2016). "Effect of LED interlighting combined with overhead HPS light on fruit yield and quality of year-round sweet pepper in commercial greenhouse.", 8th International Symposium on Light in Horticulture, East Lansing, Michigan, USA, May 22-26, 2016. (Abstract)
  • Guo, X.-B., Hao, X.M., Tsao, R., Zheng, J.M., Little, C., and Khosla, S. (2016). "Response of greenhouse mini-cucumber to different vertical spectra of LED lighting under overhead high pressure sodium and plasma lighting.", 8th International Symposium on Light in Horticulture, East Lansing, Michigan, USA, May 22-26, 2016. (Abstract)
  • Hao, X.M., Little, C., Zheng, J.M., and Tsao, R. (2016). "Far Red LED Improved Fruit Production in Greenhouse Tomato Grown under High Pressure Sodium Lighting.", 8th International Symposium on Light in Horticulture, East Lansing, Michigan, USA, May 22-26, 2016. (Abstract)
  • Ioi, D., Zhou, T., Marcone, M.F., and Tsao, R. (2016). "Resistance of mycotoxins and fungi to commercial processing in apple and tomato products.", World Mycotoxin Forum, Winnipeg, Canada, 6-10 June, 2016, Poster presentation, pp. 137-138. (Abstract)
  • Li, H., Cao, W., Navabi, A., Tsao, R., Bock, J.E., Wang, X.L., and Khanizadeh, S. (2016). "Agronomic characteristics and quality of select advanced purple wheat lines.", Joint Annual Conference for the Canadian Society of Agronomy and the Canadian Society for Horticultural Science, Montreal, QC, Canada, 24-26 July, 2016. (Poster)
  • Tsao, R. and Zhou, T. (2016). "An integrated approach to patulin reduction in food.", World Mycotoxin Forum, Winnipeg, Canada, 6-10 June, 2016, pp. 71. (Abstract)

2014

  • Kirby, C.W., Wu, T.-Y., Nabuurs, M.H., Tsao, R., Tsao, R., and McCallum, J.L. (2014). "Anthocyanin and Pyranoanthocyanin Biosynthesis in Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina L.).", 53rd Annual meeting of Phytochemical Society of North America (PSNA), Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, August 9-13, 2014, Presentation.
  • Kirby, C.W., Wu, T.-Y., Nabuurs, M.H., Tsao, R., Tsao, R., and McCallum, J.L. (2014). "Anthocyanin and Pyranoanthocyanin Biosynthesis in Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina L.).", Maritimes Natural Products Conference (MNPC) 2014, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, August 18-20, 2014, Presentation.

2013

  • Kirby, C.W., Wu, T., Tsao, R., Tsao, R., and McCallum, J.L. (2013). "Isolation and structural characterization of unusual pyranoanthocyanins and related anthocyanins from Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina L.) via UPLC-ESI-MS, 1H, 13C, and 2D NMR spectroscopy).", 52nd Annual meeting of Phytochemical Society of North America (PSNA), Corvallis, Oregon, USA, August 2-7, 2013.
  • Sessa, M., Donsì, F., Ferrari, G., and Tsao, R. (2013). "Cellular antioxidant activity of resveratrol encapsulated in nanoscale lipid-based delivery systems.", International Society for Nutraceuticals, Functional Foods, Taipei, Taiwan, November 5-9, 2013. (Abstract)
  • Tsao, R. (2013). "Pyranoanthocyanins and other polyphenols from Staghorn Sumac (Rhus hirta L.) and the potential health benefits.", International Society for Nutraceuticals, Functional Foods, Taipei, Taiwan, November 5-9, 2013. (Abstract)
  • Tsao, R., Zhu, H., Ye, J., and Cousins, L.M. (2013). "A New, Sensitive Method for Lignan Metabolite Detection of Flaxseed-Fed Mice using LC-MS/MS", American Society for Mass Spectrometry, Minneapolis, MN, USA, June 9-13, 2013.

2012

  • Chen, P.X., Tsao, R., Liu, R., Marcone, M.F., and Pauls, K.P. (2012). "Polyphenolic profile of common dry beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.).", Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, Canada, May 2012. (Presentation)
  • Hao, X.M., Tsao, R., and Khosla, S. (2012). Sustainable year-round greenhouse vegetable production with supplemental lighting, First Interim Research Project Report to Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, 8 pages. (Report)
  • Kirby, C.W., Wu, T., Tsao, R., and McCallum, J.L. (2012). "NMR structure elucidation of novel anthocyanins from Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina L.)", MOOT XXV Mini NMR Symposium, Université Laval, Québec City, QC, Canada, October 20-21, 2012.
  • Ma, J., Zhou, T., Warriner, K., Fernando, W.G.D., and Tsao, R. (2012). "Can mustard meal make food labels “green”.", 10th Annual OMAFRA Food Safety Research Forum, Guelph, ON, Canada, May 2, 2012. (Poster)
  • Ma, J., Zhou, T., Warriner, K., and Tsao, R. (2012). "Allyl isothiocynate derived from oriental defatted mustard meal as a natural antimicrobial to inhibit the growth of moulds on bread.", 50th National Conference of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST's): Innovation meets Commercialization, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, May 27-29, 2012. (Poster)
  • Navabi, A., Pauls, K.P., Yu, K., Tsao, R., Woodrow, L., and Poysa, V. (2012). "A Multi- Disciplinary Approach Towards Developing Bean Varieties for Sustainable Dry Bean Production in Ontario. Research Update.", Pulse Science Cluster Scientific Meeting 2012, Niagara Falls Marriott Gateway, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, November 5-6, 2012.
  • Navabi, A., Pauls, K.P., Yu, K., Tsao, R., Woodrow, L., and Poysa, V. (2012). "A Multi- Disciplinary Approach Towards Developing Bean Varieties for Sustainable Dry Bean Production in Ontario.", Pulse Science Cluster Scientific Meeting 2011, Radisson Hotel, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, November 17-18, 2011.
  • Perry, G.E., Crosby, W.L., Yu, K., Navabi, A., Zou, X., Power, K.A., Marsolais, F., Xie, W., Weersink, A., Tsao, R., Cooper, D., and Pauls, K.P. (2012). "Sequencing the bean genome: Using comparative genomics to examine interspecific introgressions.", Canadian Society of Plant Biologists Meeting (CSPB 2012), University of Alberta Campus, Edmonton, AB, Canada, June 25-27, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Power, K.A., Villeneuve, S., Mondor, M., Fustier, P., Arcand, Y., Lamarche, F., Britten, M., Cui, S.W., Tsao, R., Fofana, B., and Wanasundara, J.P.D. (2012). "Recent progress on the incorporation of flaxseed into cereal based matrices: delivery of bioactives to target sites and a comprehensive assessment of their biological effects.", 64th Flax Institute of the United States, Doublewood Inn, Fargo, ND, USA, March 29-30, 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)
  • Zhang, C., Lu, J., Zarepoor, L., Tsao, R., and Power, K.A. (2012). "Common Beans Induce both Beneficial and Adverse Effects on Colitis Symptoms in Mice.", 9th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Niagara Falls Marriott Gateway, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, November 6-12, 2012.
  • Zhang, C., Lu, J., Zarepoor, L., Tsao, R., and Power, K.A. (2012). "Power Common Beans Induce both Beneficial and Adverse Effects on Colitis Symptoms in Mice.", 9th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Niagara Falls Marriott Gateway, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, November 6-12, 2012.
  • Zhang, C., Lu, J., Zarepoor, L., Wu, W., Cunha, R.D., Tsao, R., Pauls, K.P., and Power, K.A. (2012). "Black and Navy Beans Induce both Beneficial and Adverse Effects on Biomarkers of Colonic Inflammation in Mice.", Keystone Symposium: The Role of Inflammation during Carcinogenesis, Dublin, Ireland, May 20–25, 2012.
  • Zhang, C., Lu, J., Zarepoor, L., Wu, W., Cunha, R.D., Tsao, R., Pauls, K.P., and Power, K.A. (2012). "Preventative Effect of Non-Darkening and Darkening Cranberry Beans in Colon Inflammation.", Cancer Research Symposium, Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada, May 16, 2012.
  • Zhang, C., Zarepoor, L., Lu, J., Da, C.R., Wu, W., Tsao, R., Pauls, K.P., and Power, K.A. (2012). "Bean health benefits depends on timing of consumption.", Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Food for Health Meeting, Guelph, ON, Canada, June 2012. (Poster)

2011

  • Ma, J., Zhou, T., Warriner, K., Tsao, R., and Fernando, W.G.D. (2011). "Suppressing penicillium spp. by gaseous Allyl isothiocynate from oriental mustard meal.", 9th Annual OMAFRA Food Safety Research Forum, Guelph, ON, Canada, May 5, 2011. (Poster)
  • Perry, G.E., Crosby, W., Shi, C., Power, K.A., Marsolais, F., Xie, W., Weersink, A., Tsao, R., Cooper, D.M., and Pauls, K.P. (2011). "Sequencing the bean genome: the applied bean genomics and bioproducts project.", Plant Canada 2011, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, Canada, July 17-21, 2011. (Poster)
  • Perry, G.E., Crosby, W., Yu, K., Shi, C., Powers, K., Marsolais, F., Xie, W., Weersink, A., Tsao, R., Siddiqua, M., Cooper, D.M., and Pauls, K.P. (2011). "The applied bean genomics and bioproducts project: sequencing the bean genome.", Biennial Meeting of the Bean Improvement Cooperative and North American Pulse Improvement Association (BIC/NAPIA 2011), Verdanza Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 30-November 2, 2011.

2010

  • Lu, L., Song, F.-R., Tsao, R., Liu, Z.-Q., and Liu, S.-Y. (2010). "Studies on the homolytic and heterolytic cleavage of kaempferol and kaempferide glycosides using electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (Letter to the Editor).", Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry (RCM), 24(1), pp. 169-172.
  • Papadopoulos, Y.A., Tsao, R., Tsao, R., Glover, K.E., Power, K.A., and Fillmore, S.A.E. (2010). "Genetic variability of principal isoflavones in red clover.", Sheep Research Workshop, AgriTECK Park, Bible Hill, Nova Scotia, Canada, February 13, 2010, Oral presentation.
  • Proulx, A.K. and Tsao, R. (2010). "When Antioxidants Aren’t Antioxidants: Mixed results from soy hydrolysates when evaluated by wet chemistry and shelf-life antioxidant model systems.", 2010 Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology (CIFST) and AAFC Conference, Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, May 30-June 1, 2010, # 06-5. (Abstract)
  • Tsao, R. (2010). "Prenylated flavonoids: antioxidant, anti-cancer activities and bioavailability.", 2010 Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology (CIFST) and AAFC Conference, Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, May 30-June 1, 2010, # 07-4. (Abstract)

2009

  • McCallum, J.L. and Tsao, R. (2009). "Chemistry of flavonoids.", in de la Rosa, L.A., Alvarez-Parrilla, E., and Gonzalez-Aguilar, G.A. (eds.) - Fruit and Vegetable Phytochemicals: Chemistry, nutritional value, stability, Wiley - Blackwell, Chapter 5, pp. 131-154.
  • Proulx, A.K. and Tsao, R. (2009). "Towards identifying the chemical mechanisms of non-enzymatic peptide antioxidants (Abstract #46).", 2009 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF), Golden Gate Holiday Inn, San Francisco, CA, USA, November 1-4, 2009. (Abstract)
  • Tsao, R. (2009). "Prenylated flavonoids: antioxidant, anti-cancer activities and bioavailability.", 2009 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF), Golden Gate Holiday Inn, San Francisco, CA, USA, November 1-4, 2009, #104. (Abstract)
  • Tsao, R. and Li, L. (2009). "Phytochemical profiles and potential health benefits of heartnut (Juglans ailanthifolia var. cordiformis): A comparison with common walnut (Juglans regia L.).", in Alasalvar, C. and Shahidi, F. (eds.) - Tree Nuts: Composition, Phytochemicals, and Health Effects, CRC Press Taylor & Francis, Chapter 14, pp. 237-247.
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