Jungmin  Lee


small fruit
fruit quality
primary and secondary metabolites
Jungmin Lee
Courtesy Faculty, USDA Research Food Technologist

Plant secondary metabolites (phenolics; natural phytochemical) remain the main focus of my program. The goal of our contributions is to improve healthfulness and marketability of products consumed by the general public. 

USDA-ARS-HCRU (Corvallis, OR) worksite (Parma, ID)
29603 U of I Ln
Parma, ID 83660
United States
(541) 745-8377


Thoroughly identifying the quality components of a food is key to discerning how cultivar selection, environment, post-harvest conditions, processing methods, etc. ultimately influence food. We concentrate on grapes and wines, but include other fascinating foodstuffs that are loaded with plant phytonutrients like black raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, elderberries, lingonberries, yellow/red/purple potatoes, basil, etc.


2004-present, USDA-ARS Researcher.

  • 2013-present, Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems Associate Editor (Frontiers Media S.A.).
  • 2016-2019, Food Chemistry Editorial Board Member (Elsevier B.V.).
  • 2017-2018, Journal of Food Composition and Analysis Editor (Elsevier B.V.).
  • 2018-2020, Journal of Food Composition and Analysis Editorial Board Member (Elsevier B.V.).
I can serve on graduate committees


Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications (last 5 years)

Bushakra, J.M., Dossett, M., Carter, K.A., Vining, K.J., Lee, J.C., Bryant, D.W., VanBuren, R., Lee, J., Mockler, T.C., Finn, C.E., and Bassil, N.V. 2018. Characterization of aphid resistance loci in black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis L.). Molecular Breeding. 38:83.

Finn, C.E., Strik, B.C., Yorgey, B.M., Mackey, T.A., Moore, P.P., Dossett, M., Jones, P.A., Lee, J., Martin, R.R., Ivors, K.L., and Jamieson, A.R. 2018. ‘Marys Peak’ strawberry. HortScience. 53:395-400. 

Finn, C.E., Strik, B.C., Peterson, M.E., Yorgey, B.M., Moore, P.P., Jones, P.A., Lee, J., and Martin, R.R. 2018. ‘Kokanee’ primocane-fruiting red raspberry. HortScience. 53:380-383. 

Reeve, A.L., Skinkis, P.A., Vance, A.J., McLaughlin, K.R., Tomasino, E., Lee, J., and Tarara, J.M. 2018. Vineyard floor management and cluster thinning inconsistently affect ‘Pinot noir’ crop load, berry composition, and wine quality. HortScience. 53:318-328. 

Finn, C.E., Strik, B.C., Yorgey, B.M., Peterson, M.E., Jones, P.A., Lee, J., and Martin, R.R. 2018. ‘Columbia Giant’ thornless trailing blackberry. HortScience. 53:251-255. 

Lee, J. 2017. Light exclusion influence on grape anthocyanin. Heliyon. 3:e00243. PDF

Scagel, C.F., Bryla, D.R., and Lee, J. 2017. Salt exclusion and mycorrhizal symbiosis increase tolerance to NaCl or CaCl2 salinity in ‘Siam Queen’ basil. HortScience. 52:278-287. 

Reeve, A.L., Skinkis, P.A., Vance, A.J., Lee, J., and Tarara, J.M. 2016. Vineyard floor management influences ‘Pinot noir’ vine growth and productivity more than cluster thinning. HortScience. 51:1233-1244.

Lee, J. 2016. Anthocyanin analyses of Vaccinium fruit dietary supplements. Food Science and Nutrition. 4:742-752. PDF

Lee, J. 2016. Rosaceae products: anthocyanin quality comparisons between dietary supplements and foods. NFS Journal. 4:1-8. PDF

Finn, C.E., Strik, B.C., Yorgey, B.M., Mackey, T.A., Hancock, J.F., Lee, J., and Martin, R.R. 2016. ‘Baby Blues’ highbush blueberry. HortScience. 51:761-765. 

Lee, J. 2016. Further research on the biological activities and the safety of raspberry ketone are needed. NFS Journal. 2:15-18. PDF

Krueger, D., Arora, S., Bzhelyansky, A., Chen, P., Chlenov, A., Collison, M., Durst, R., Es-Safi, N., Giancaspro, G., Hall, G., Hammerstone, J., Ingle, P., Jennens-Clough, M., Ji, D., Ji, J., Kennedy, D., Lawson, T., Lee, J., Lock, S., Mudge, E., Neal-Kababick, J., Phillips, M., Phillips, T., Rejaei, A., Rettinger, M., Rimmer, C., Rodriguez-Haralambides, A., Royce, S., Schaneberg, B., Solyom, A., Stern, N., Sullivan, D., Szylka, J., Wise, M., Yan, X., Yoo, S., Yu, K., Zhang, Y., and Coates, S. 2015. AOAC SMPR 2014.007: Authentication of selected Vaccinium species (anthocyanins) in dietary ingredients and dietary supplements. Journal of AOAC International. 98:1052-1054. [Authors following chair listed alphabetically]

Finley, J., Barrett, W., Betz, J., Burdette, C., Bzhelyansky, A., Collison, M., Embuscado, M., Es-Safi, N., Fischer, B., Jennes, M., Lee, J., Mudge, E., Phillips, T., Raju, S., Royce, S., Schaneberg, B., Solyom, A., Sullivan, D., Traub, J., Wubben, J., Zhang, W., Zielinski, G., Zweigenbaum, J., and Coates, S. 2015. AOAC SMPR 2015.009: Estimation of total phenolic content using Folin-C Assay. Journal of AOAC International. 98:1109-1110. [Authors following chair listed alphabetically]

Bushakra, J.M., Bryant, D.W., Dossett, M., Vining, K.J., VanBuren, R., Gilmore, B.S., Lee, J., Mockler, T.C., Finn, C.E., and Bassil, N.V. 2015. A genetic linkage map of black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) and the mapping of Ag4 conferring resistance to the aphid Amphorophora agathonica. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 128:1631-1646. PDF

Lee, J. 2015. Analysis of bokbunja products show they contain Rubus occidentalis L. fruit. Journal of Functional Foods. 12:144-149. PDF

Lee, J. 2015. Sorbitol, Rubus fruit, and misconception. Food Chemistry. 166:616-622. PDF

Lee, J., Dossett, M., and Finn, C.E. 2014. Mistaken identity: clarification of Rubus coreanus Miquel (bokbunja). Molecules- special Anthocyanin issue. 19:10524-10533. PDF

Schreiner, R.P. and Lee, J. 2014. Effects of post-véraison water deficit on ‘Pinot noir’ nutrient status in leaves, clusters, and musts. HortScience. 49:1335-1340.

Finn, C.E., Strik, B.C., Yorgey, B.M., Peterson, M.E., Lee, J., Martin, R.R., and Hall, H.K. 2014. ‘Columbia Star’ thornless trailing blackberry. HortScience. 49:1108-1112.

Bassil, N., Gilmore, B., Hummer, K., Weber, C., Dossett, M., Agunga, R., Rhodes, E., Mockler, T., Scheerens, J.C., Filichkin, S., Lewers, K., Peterson, M., Finn, C.E., Graham, J., Lee, J., Fernández-Fernández, F., Fernandez, G., Yun, S.J., and Perkins-Veazie, P. 2014. Genetic and developing genomic resources in black raspberry. Acta Horticulturae. 1048:19-24.

Lee, J. 2014. Marketplace analysis demonstrates quality control standards needed for black raspberry dietary supplements. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition. 69:161-167.  PDF

Lee, J. 2014. Establishing a case for improved food phenolic analysis. Food Science and Nutrition. 2:1-8. PDF

Schreiner, R.P., Scagel, C.F., and Lee, J. 2014. N, P, and K supply to Pinot noir grapevines: impact on berry phenolics and free amino acids. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture. 65:43-49.

Lee, J. and Rennaker, C. 2014. American cranberry products: proanthocyanidin purification and concentrations. Acta Horticulturae. 1017:363-368.

Lee, J., Dossett, M., and Finn, C.E. 2014. Anthocyanin rich black raspberries can be made even better. Acta Horticulturae. 1017:127-133.

* Italicized names are graduate students and technicians to whom incumbent provided supervision.