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. 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, 38(3),

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  2. Hou, A., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M. (2018). AAC scotty cranberry common bean, 98(6), 1416-1420.

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  3. 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, 98(1), 17-27.

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  4. 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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  5. Balasubramanian, P.M., Mündel, H.H., Chatterton, S., Conner, R.L., Hou, A. (2017). AAC Whitestar great northern dry bean, 97(2), 349-351.

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  6. 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), 94(1), 128-134.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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, 38(1), 41-54.

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

    2015 - View publication details


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