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Faculty and Staff - Rodney J. Bushway

Rod BushwayProfessor
School of Food and Agriculture
Food Science and Human Nutrition
5735 Hitchner Hall, Room 115
University of Maine
Orono, ME  04469-5735

Phone: (207) 581-1626
Fax: (207) 581-1636




1977 Ph.D. Biochemistry, Texas A&M University

1973 M.S. Biochemistry, Texas A&M University

1971 B.S. Biochemistry, University of Maine

Professional Experience | Courses Taught | Research Interests | Funded Projects | Publications | Professional Activities | Hobbies

Professional Experience 

Professor of Food Science, University of Maine, 1988 to present

Department Chair, 1998-2012

Director of the Sawyer Environmental Chemistry Laboratory, 2004 to present

Associate Professor of Food Science, University of Maine, 1984 -88

Assistant Professor of Food Science, University of Maine, 1978-84

Analytical Research Chemist, Phillips Petroleum, Bartlesville, OK, 1977-78

Courses Taught

FSN 587 Food Analysis- Spring Semester Even Years

FSN 671 Advanced Graduate Seminar- Every Semester

Research Interests

Antioxidants in fruits and vegetables

Natural toxicants and pesticides in food

Analytical methods development of chemical constituents in food

Pesticide movement in groundwater

Natural toxicant levels in organic fruits, vegetables and milk

Funded Projects

Determination of pesticides in blueberries

Quantifying the antioxidants in Maine elderberries used for medicinals and food products

Chemical constituents of greenhouse grown tomatoes

Development and modification of advanced chromatographic techniques for the analysis of bioactive, nutritional and natural toxins in Maine food products

Analysis of pesticides in ground and surface waters

Recent Publications

Crowe, K.M., R.J. Bushway and A.A. Bushway. Evaluation of ozone as a single and synergistic oxidant for improvement of chemical and microbial safety of lowbush blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium). Proceedings of Sustainable Agri-Food Industry Use of Ozone and Related Oxidants. In press

B. Kim, L.A. LeBlanc, R.J. Bushway and L.B. Perkins. Applicability of Pressurized Liquid Extraction for Melamine Analysis in Pet Foods with High-Performance Liquid Chromatography with Diode Array Detection. Food Analytical Methods, DOI 10.1007/s12161-009-9112-1, 2009.

J. Bolton, S. Collins, R. Smith, B. Perkins, R. Bushway, R. Bayer and J. Vetelino. Spectroscopic Analysis of Hemolymph from American Lobster (Homarus americanus). Journal of Shellfish Research, 28 (4), 905-912, 2009.

Byungchul K, Perkins, LB, Bushway, RJ, Nesbit, S, Fan, T, Sheridan, R, Greene, V (2008) Determination of melamine in pet food by enzyme immunoassay, high-performance liquid chromatography with diode array detection, and ultra-performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry. Journal of AOAC, International 91(2):34-39.

Jarret, RL, Baldwin, E, Perkins, B, Guthrie, K, Bushway, R (2007) Diversity of some fruit quality Characteristics in Capsicum frutescens L. Horticultural Science 42(1):16-19.

Crowe, KM, Bushway, AA, Bushway, RJ, Davis-Dentici, K (2007) Microbial degradation of phosmet on blueberry fruit and in aqueous systems by indigenous bacterial flora on lowbush blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium) J. Food Sci 72:M293-M299

Bushway, AA, Buzzard, K, Camire, ME, Bushway, RJ (2007) Lowbush blueberry purees control lipid oxidation in precooked refrigerated ground turkey patties. Intl.J. Food Sci. Tech. Nutr. 1:39-47.

Professional Activities and/or Services

Member, Association of Official Analytical Chemists

Professional member, Institute of Food Technologists

Member, American Potato Association

Member, American Chemical Society

Member of the Editorial Board AOAC Int.- 2001-present

Faculty Advisor to Alpha Zeta – 1998-present

Fee for Services

Analysis of chemical constituents in food, soil and water.Those interested may e-mail .


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