Dr. Kangfu.Yu

Image Kangfu Yu
Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Kangfu Yu is a senior research scientist of soybean breeding and genetics working at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Science and Technology Branch, Harrow Research and Development Centre (Harrow-RDC) located at Harrow, Ontario. He is in charge of the food grade soybean breeding laboratory at Harrow-RDC to develop high yield food grade soybean varieties with pest resistance and good processing quality for Canadian soybean growers and the soybean industry. Dr. Yu has published over 80 papers in scientific journals, 13 reviews or book chapters, and over 100 technology transfer papers.

Current research and/or projects

  • Development of food grade soybeans with high yield, pest resistance, and good processing quality for exporting markets.

Research and/or project statements

  • Develop food grade soybean varieties with high yield, pest resistance and good processing quality for Canadian soybean growers

  • Development of food grade soybean germplasm with special food quality traits for national and international niche markets

  • Development and application of novel technologies to improve selection efficiency in soybean variety development

Professional activities / interests

  • Soybean breeding and genetics

  • Molecular biology and Genomic

  • Marker-assisted selection

  • Plant-pest interaction

Education and awards

  • BS.c in plant breeding at Gansu Agricultural University, P.R. China

  • MS.c. In plant biotechnology at the University of Guelph, Canada

  • Ph.D in plant molecular genetics at the University of Guelph, Canada

International experience and/or work

  • Has presented seminars and lectures in international universities and/or research conferences

Key publications

  1. Yu, K., Woodrow, L., Shi, M.C., Anderson, D. (2019). Registration of 11s null food-grade soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] germplasm hs-181, 99(3), 405-406. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2018-0137

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  2. Yu, K., Chun Shi, W.M., Anderson, D. (2019). Registration of HS-182 and HS-183 food-grade soybean: [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] germplasm, 99(4), 568-571. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/CJPS-2018-0332

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  3. Towards Development of Next Generation Resistance to Soybean Mosaic Virus. Kangfu Yu and Aiming Wang. Plant Biology Europe 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark. On June 17-21, 2018.

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  4. Wang, Y., Wang, C., Liu, Y., Yu, K., Zhou, Y. (2018). GmHMA3 sequesters Cd to the root endoplasmic reticulum to limit translocation to the stems in soybean, 270 23-29. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.plantsci.2018.02.007

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  5. Boehm, J.D., Nguyen, V., Tashiro, R.M., Anderson, D., Shi, C., Wu, X., Woodrow, L., Yu, K., Cui, Y., Li, Z. (2018). Genetic mapping and validation of the loci controlling 7S α′ and 11S A-type storage protein subunits in soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.], 131(3), 659-671. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00122-017-3027-9

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  6. Chen, C., Li, C., Wang, Y., Renaud, J., Tian, G., Kambhampati, S., Saatian, B., Nguyen, V., Hannoufa, A., Marsolais, F., Yuan, Z.C., Yu, K., Austin, R.S., Liu, J., Kohalmi, S.E., Wu, K., Huang, S., Cui, Y. (2017). Cytosolic acetyl-CoA promotes histone acetylation predominantly at H3K27 in Arabidopsis, 3(10), 814-824. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41477-017-0023-7

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  7. T. Bashar, R. Belfrage, J. McNeil, M. Bernards, K. Yu, and A. Wang. 2017.A Study on Soybean Mosaic Virus Transmission via Soybean Seeds. Plant Biology 2017. June 24-28, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.

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  8. Chen, H., Adam Arsovski, A., Yu, K., Wang, A. (2017). Deep sequencing leads to the identification of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 5A as a key element in Rsv1-mediated lethal systemic hypersensitive response to Soybean mosaic virus infection in soybean, 18(3), 391-404. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mpp.12407

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  9. Henriquez, M.A., McLaren, D.L., Conner, R.L., Hwang, S.F., Chang, K.F., Strelkov, S.E., Gossen, B.D., Yu, K., Xue, A., Marchand, G., Henderson, T.L., Kerley, T.J., and Penner, W.C. 2016. Phytophthora stem and root rot of soybean in Manitoba: Isolation and race characterization. Poster AP17, Proc. 10th Can Pulse Res. Workshop, Winnipeg, MB, Oct. 27 28, 2016. p. 52.

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  10. K. Yu, Lorna Woodrow, Chun Shi, Dale Anderson, Vaino Poysa. Registration of 7S β-conglycinin α’ and 11S glycinin A4 null food grade soybean Germplasm, HS-162. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, Published on the web 23 December 2016, 10.1139/CJPS-2016-0327

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Research facility

2585 County Road 20
Harrow, ON N0R 1G0


  • Member of International society of plant molecular biology

  • Member of International society of horticultural sciences

  • Member of Canadian society of horticultural sciences



Other languages

Mandarin Chinese