Anfu Hou

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Research Scientist

I contribute to the innovation and integrated production practices to increase economic profitability and competitiveness of farmers and the pulse industry in Canada, through the development of dry bean and soybean varieties and germplasm with improved yield, disease resistance and seed quality for commercial production in Manitoba and the surrounding regions.

Current research and/or projects

Early-maturing dry bean variety and germplasm development for Manitoba and western Canada; CAP Pulse Cluster

Development of processing strategies for innovative commercially-ready pulse ingredients for the Canadian food sector; CAP Pulse Cluster

Short season food type soybean breeding; CAP CFCRA Cluster

Evaluation and selection of adzuki beans for adaptation and production in Manitoba; Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers

Research and/or project statements

  • Developing dry bean cultivars for production in Manitoba and western Canada
  • Soybean variety development
  • Genetic resources and genetic enhancement of pulse crops in Canada
  • Improvement of bean food quality and marketability
  • Molecular markers and genetic mapping of agronomic traits

Education and awards

Ph.D. Agronomy, Texas Tech University, 1998

M.Sc. Agronomy, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, 1989

B.A. Agronomy, Shandong Agricultural University, 1986

Key publications

  1. Western Soybean Protein. Presentation at Northern Soybean Summit. Soy Canada. 25 January 2022.

    2022 - View publication details

  2. Hou, A. and Conner, R.L. Dry bean variety development at AAFC-Morden. Pulse Beat (Fall/Winter 2021) P.45-46.

    2021 - View publication details

  3. Suo, R.Z., Mwaniki, A., Zheng, C.F., Jia, B., You, F.M., Conner, R.L., Xu, W.1 and Hou, A. QTL identification of seed hardness traits in a diverse genetic panel of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Poster presentation. Bean Improvement Cooperative Biennial Meeting (Virtual), November 2-3, 2021.

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  4. Hou, A. and Conner, R.L. 2021. Azuki bean – an alternative pulse crop in Manitoba. Pulse Beat (Science Edition) p.2.

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  5. Conner, R.L., McLaren, D., Henriquez, M.A., Kim, Y.M., McRae, K., and Hou, A. 2021.Dry bean root rot: variety resistance and molecular diagnostics. Pulse Beat 2022 (February Science Edition) P.10.

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  6. Wang, N., Maximiuk, L., Fenn, D., Nickerson, M.T., Hou, A. (2020). Development of a method for determining oil absorption capacity in pulse flours and protein materials. Cereal Chemistry, [online] 97(6), 1111-1117.

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  7. Marsolais F, Hou A, Conner RL, Pajak A (2019) Development of edible bean germplasm lines with improved cysteine and methionine concentration. Poster presentation. 2019 Biennial Bean Improvement Cooperative Meeting. Fargo, ND, November 3-6

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  8. Sandhu, K.S., You, F.M., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Hou, A. (2018). Genetic analysis and QTL mapping of the seed hardness trait in a black common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) recombinant inbred line (RIL) population. Molecular Breeding, [online] 38(3),

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  9. Hou, A., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M. (2018). AAC scotty cranberry common bean. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 98(6), 1416-1420.

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  10. Sandhu, K., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P., Hou, A. (2017). Black dry bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) germplasm accessions with resistance to prevalent races of Colletotrichum lindemuthianum in Canada. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 98(1), 17-27.

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  11. Sandhu K, You FM, Conner R, Balasubramanian P, Hou A (2018) QTL mapping of seed hardness trait in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Joint Annual Meeting of Canadian Phytopathological Society and Canadian Society of Agronomy, Winnipeg, MB, June 18-22 (poster).

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  12. Balasubramanian, P.M., Mündel, H.H., Chatterton, S., Conner, R.L., Hou, A. (2017). AAC Whitestar great northern dry bean. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 97(2), 349-351.

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  13. Wang, N., Hou, A., Santos, J., Maximiuk, L. (2017). Effects of cultivar, growing location, and year on physicochemical and cooking characteristics of dry beans (Phaseolus vulgaris). Cereal Chemistry, [online] 94(1), 128-134.

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  14. Sandhu K, You FM, Conner R, Balasubramanian P, Hou A (2016) Genetic analysis of seed hardness trait in a black bean recombinant inbred line (RIL) population. The 10th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Winnipeg, MB, October 25-28, 2016.

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  15. Hou A, Viscarra C, Diapari M, Marsolais F, Pajak A, Conner RL (2016) Genetic improvement of protein quality in edible beans with adaptation to Manitoba. Poster presentation. Tenth Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Winnipeg, October 25-28

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  16. Chatterton, S., Balasubramanian, P.M., Erickson, R.S., Hou, A., McLaren, D.L., Henriquez, M.A., Conner, R.L. (2016). Identification of bacterial pathogens and races of Pseudomonas syringae pv. Phaseolicola from dry bean fields in Western Canada. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, [online] 38(1), 41-54.

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  17. Sandhu, K.S. and Hou, A. (2015). "Genetic analysis of seed hardness trait in a recombinant inbred line population of common bean. Poster presentation.", Bean Improvement Cooperatives 2015, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, November 1-4, 2015. (Abstract)

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  18. Wang, N., Hou, A., and Santos, J. (2015). "Effects of dry bean cultivars and growing locations on seed physicochemical and cooking quality.", Bean Improvement Cooperatives 2015, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, November 1-4, 2015. (Poster)

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  19. Hou, A., Sandercock, M., and Conner, R.L. (2015). Long Season Wide Row Dry Bean Cooperative Registration Trials Annual Report to PGDC. (Report)

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  20. Boersma, J.G., Hou, A., Gillard, C.L., McRae, K.B., Conner, R.L. (2015). Impact of common bacterial blight on the yield, seed weight and seed discoloration of different market classes of dry beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 95(4), 703-710.

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Research facility

Route 100, Unit 100-101
Morden, MB R6M 1Y5


  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • Canadian Society of Agronomy
  • Bean Improvement Cooperatives