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
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
For a complete list of publications, please visit: AAFC Online
Chen C, Li C, Wang Y, Renaud J, Tian G, Kambhampati S, Saatian B, Nguyen V, Hannoufa A, Marsolais F, Yuan ZC, Yu K, Austin RS, Liu J, Kohalmi SE, Wu K, Huang S, Cui Y. (2017). “Cytosolic acetyl-CoA promotes histone acetylation predominantly at H3K27 in Arabidopsis”. Nat Plants. 3(10):814-824. doi: 10.1038/s41477-017-0023-7.
Boehm JD Jr, Nguyen V, Tashiro RM, Anderson D, Shi C, Wu X, Woodrow L, Yu K, Cui Y, Li Z. (2017). “Genetic mapping and validation of the loci controlling 7S α' and 11S A-type storage protein subunits in soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.].” Theor Appl Genet. doi: 10.1007/s00122-017-3027-9. [Epub ahead of print]
Weilong Xie & Raja Khanal & Sarah McClymont & Robert Stonehouse & Kirstin Bett & Kangfu Yu & K. Peter Pauls & Alireza Navabi. (2017). Interaction of quantitative trait loci for resistance to common bacterial blight and pathogen isolates in Phaseolus vulgaris L. Mol Breeding (2017) 37: 55.
K. Yu, C.M. Shi, and L. Woodrow. (2017). Registration of black-seeded douchi food-grade soybean
germplasm HS-172. Can. J. Plant Sci. 97: 1–2.
K. Yu, V. Poysa, and L. Woodrow. (2017). Registration of edamame food-grade soybean germplasm
HS-171. Can. J. Plant Sci. 97: 1–2.
K. Yu, L. Woodrow, C.M. Shi, D. Anderson, and V. Poysa. (2017). Registration of 7S β-conglycinin α′ and 11S glycinin A4 null
food-grade soybean germplasm, HS-162. Can. J. Plant Sci. 97: 536–538.
K. Yu, L. Woodrow, M. Chun Shi, D. Anderson, and V. Poysa. (2017). Registration of 7S β-conglycinin α′ and 11S glycinin A3 null
food-grade soybean germplasm, HS-161. Can. J. Plant Sci. 97: 377–379.
Kangfu Yu, Lorna Woodrow, and Vaino Poysa. (2016). Registration of lipoxygenase free food grade soybean
Germplasm, HS-151. Can. J. Plant Sci. 96: 148–150.
Chen, H., Arsovski, A.A., Yu, K., and Wang, A.M. (2016). "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. doi : 10.1111/mpp.12407
Chen, Hui, Arsovski, A.A., Yu, K., and Wang, A.M. (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, 11(3: e0150582), pp. 1-24. doi : 10.1371/journal.pone.0150582
Yu, K., Woodrow, L., and Poysa, V. (2016). "Registration of lipoxygenase free food grade soybean Germplasm, HS-151.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 96(1), pp. 148-150. doi : /10.1139/cjps-2015-0167
Chen, Hui, Zhang, L.R., Yu, K., and Wang, A.M. (2015). "Pathogenesis of Soybean mosaic virus in soybean carrying Rsv1 gene is associated with miRNA and siRNA pathways, and breakdown of AGO1 homeostasis.", Virology, 476, pp. 395-404
Wang, Y., Wang, X.-Y., Gu, M., Kang, H., Zeng, J., Fan, X., Sha, L., Zhang, H., Yu, K., and Zhou, Y.-H. (2015). "Cloning and characterization of four novel SnRK2 genes from Triticum polonicum.", Biologia Plantarum, 59(2), pp. 211-219. doi :
Wang, Y., Wang, X.-Y., Gu, M., Kang, H., Zeng, J., Fan, X., Sha, L., Zhang, H., Yu, K., and Zhou, Y.-H. (2015). "Cloning and characterization of four novel SnRK2 genes from Triticum polonicum.", Biologia Plantarum, 59(2), pp. 211-219. doi : 10.1007/s10535-015-0501-6
Yu, K., Woodrow, L., and Poysa, V. (2015). "AAC 26-15 soybean.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 95(2), pp. 441-443. doi : 10.4141/CJPS-2014-337
Reviews and Book Chapters
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
Member of International society of plant molecular biology
Member of International society of horticultural sciences
Member of Canadian society of horticultural sciences