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 been involved in the release and registration of 11 food grade soybean varieties,  5 commom bean varieties, and 8 specialty soybean germplasm varieties since 2005 and has published over 100 papers in scientific journals, 14 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. Wu, G., Cui, X., Dai, Z., He, R., Li, Y., Yu, K., Bernards, M., Chen, X., Wang, A. (2020). A plant RNA virus hijacks endocytic proteins to establish its infection in plants. Plant Journal, [online] 101(2), 384-400. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tpj.14549

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  2. Li, C., Nguyen, V., Liu, J., Fu, W., Chen, C., Yu, K., Cui, Y. (2019). Mutagenesis of seed storage protein genes in Soybean using CRISPR/Cas9. BMC Research Notes, [online] 12(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13104-019-4207-2

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

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

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  5. Shu, J., Chen, C., Thapa, R.K., Bian, S., Nguyen, V., Yu, K., Yuan, Z.C., Liu, J., Kohalmi, S.E., Li, C., Cui, Y. (2019). Genome-wide occupancy of histone H3K27 methyltransferases CURLY LEAF and SWINGER in Arabidopsis seedlings. Plant Direct, [online] 3(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pld3.100

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  6. 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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  7. 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. Plant Science, [online] 270 23-29. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.plantsci.2018.02.007

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  8. 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.]. Theoretical and Applied Genetics (TAG), [online] 131(3), 659-671. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00122-017-3027-9

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  9. Wu, G., Cui, X., Chen, H., Renaud, J.B., Yu, K., Chen, X., Wang, A. (2018). Dynamin-like proteins of endocytosis in plants are coopted by potyviruses to enhance virus infection. Journal of Virology, [online] 92(23), http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/JVI.01320-18

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  10. 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. Nature Plants, [online] 3(10), 814-824. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41477-017-0023-7

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  11. 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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  12. Yu, K., Shi, C.M., Woodrow, L. (2017). Registration of black-seeded douchi food-grade soybean germplasm HS-172. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 97(6), 1197-1198. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2017-0159

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  13. Yu, K., Poysa, V., Woodrow, L. (2017). Registration of edamame food-grade soybean germplasm HS-171. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 97(6), 1195-1196. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2017-0085

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  14. 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. Molecular Plant Pathology, [online] 18(3), 391-404. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mpp.12407

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  15. Yu, K., Woodrow, L., Shi, C.M., Anderson, D., Poysa, V. (2017). Registration of 7S β-conglycinin α′ and 11S glycinin A4 null food-grade soybean germplasm, HS-162. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 97(3), 536-538. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2016-0327

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. K. Yu, Lorna Woodrow, Chun Shi, Dale Anderson, Vaino Poysa

    Canadian Journal of Plant Science, Published on the web 21 October 2016, 10.1139/CJPS-2016-0249

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  19. S. Jegadeesan, R.Y. Yu, and Kangfu Yu. 2016. Genetic Control of Cadmium Concentration in Soybean seeds. In A. K. Goyal (ed) Grain Legumes. INTECH Open Science pp79-102

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  20. Chen, H., Arsovski, A.A., Yu, K., Wang, A. (2016). Genome-wide investigation using sRNA-seq, degradome-seq and transcriptome-seq reveals regulatory networks of MicroRNAs and their target genes in soybean during soybean mosaic virus infection. PLoS ONE, [online] 11(3), http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0150582

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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