Yong-Bi Fu

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Research Scientist

Crop Genetic Diversity

Current research and/or projects

  • Molecular characterization of oat and barley germplasm collections
  • Molecular inference of flax domestication and molecular analysis of wild oat species
  • Molecular investigation of genetic erosion in Canadian crop gene pools, focusing on wheat and barley
  • Molecular diversity analysis of native and endangered plant species, focusing on plains rough fescue and blue grama

Research and/or project statements

  • Plant population and conservation genetics
  • Crop genetic diversity and domestication
  • Molecular characterization and conservation of plant germplasm
  • In situ conservation and utilization of native plants
  • Molecular markers and DNA sequence analysis

Professional activities / interests

  • Professeur auxiliaire, Département de phytotechnie, Université de la Saskatchewan
  • Membre du Comité éditorial sur la biodiversité
  • Corédacteur, Communications in Biometry and Crop Science

Education and awards

Nanjing Forestry University 1979-1983, BSc

Lakehead University 1988-1990, MSc

University of Toronto 1990-1994, PhD

University of British Columbia 1994-1998, postdocal researcher

Key publications

  1. You FM, Xu W, Tucker JR, Khanal R, Beattie A, Brar G, Fu Y-B, Zheng C, Malti S, Shah K, Liton U, Holden S, Yao Z, Singh J, Boyle B, Belzile F, Mascher M, Tinker N, Bekele W, and Badea A. Reference-level genome assemblies and comparative analysis of five representative Canadian barley cultivars. 2024 Barley Symposium – From the Ground Up. February 26-27, Saskatoon, Canada (Oral talk)

    2024 - View publication details

  2. Godakanda RW, Fu YB, Bai Y (2023) An investigation of seed longevity and antioxidant changes of conserved barley germplasm in Plant Gene Resources of Canada. A poster of 2023 AOSA/SCST Annual Meeting. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 9th-15th, 2023

    2023 - View publication details

  3. Biligetu B, Bhattarai S, Fu YB, Wang H. Identification of Candidate Genes for Salinity Tolerance and Their Application in Alfalfa Breeding. Plant and Animal Genome 30 Conference (PAG30), San Diego, CA, January 13-18, 2023

    2023 - View publication details

  4. Agricultural Innovations (Volume V) https://collab.agr.gc.ca/br-dg/stb-dgst/Documents/Annual%20Publications/Agricultural%20Innovations%20Vol%20V.pdf

    2022 - View publication details

  5. Xu, W., Tucker, J.R., Bekele, W.A., You, F.M., Fu, Y.B., Khanal, R., Yao, Z., Singh, J., Boyle, B., Beattie, A.D., Belzile, F., Mascher, M., Tinker, N.A., Badea, A. (2021). Genome assembly of the canadian two-row malting barley cultivar AAC synergy. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, [online] 11(4), http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/g3journal/jkab031

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  6. Zhao, L., Wang, H., Fu, Y.B. (2020). Analysis of stored mrna degradation in acceleratedly aged seeds of wheat and canola in comparison to arabidopsis. Plants, [online] 9(12), 1-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/plants9121707

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  7. Fu, Y.B., Ahmed, Z., Yang, H., Horbach, C., Peterson, G.W. (2020). Patterns of mitochondrial DNA fragmentation in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seeds under ex situ genebank storage and artificial aging. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, [online] 67(8), 2023-2036. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10722-020-00957-w

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  8. Bhattarai, S., Fu, Y.B., Coulman, B., Tanino, K.K., Karunakaran, C. and Biligetu, B. 2020. Transcriptomic analysis revealed unique gene expression in leaves and roots of two alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) cultivars with different salt tolerance. Poster session presented at: 11th Annual CFGA conference; 2020 November 18-19. (Online conference).

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  9. Fu YB 2020. Molecular Characterization of PGRC Germplasm: Some Reflections. Invited presentation by Dr. Axel Diederichsen, PGRC, for the PGRC’s 50th anniversary virtual event, October 1, 2020, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

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  10. Baral, K., Coulman, B., Biligetu, B., Fu, Y.B. (2020). Advancing crested wheatgrass [Agropyron cristatum (L.) Gaertn.] breeding through genotyping-by-sequencing and genomic selection. PLoS ONE, [online] 15(10 October), http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0239609

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  11. Wang, S., Li, Q., Zhao, L., Fu, S., Qin, L., Wei, Y., Fu, Y.B., Wang, H. (2020). Arabidopsis UBC22, an E2 able to catalyze lysine-11 specific ubiquitin linkage formation, has multiple functions in plant growth and immunity. Plant Science, [online] 297 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.plantsci.2020.110520

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  12. Bhattarai, S., Biswas, D., Fu, Y.-B., Biligetu, B. (2020). Morphological, physiological, and genetic responses to salt stress in alfalfa: A review, 10(4), http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10040577

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  13. Fu YB 2020. What we can learn from wild emmer wheats in response to 28 years of global warming. Invited presentation by Professor Om Rajora, University of New Brunswick, for the Population and Conservation Genomics Workshop of Plant and Animal Genome Conference XXVIII, January 11-15, 2020, San Diego, CA, USA.

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  14. Fu YB. 2019. A molecular view of flax gene pool. In: Cullis C (ed) – Genetics and Genomics of Linum. Springer Science+Business Media New York, Chapter 2, pp. 17-37.

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  15. Al-Hajaj, N., Peterson, G.W., Horbach, C., Al-Shamaa, K., Tinker, N.A., Fu, Y.B. (2018). Genotyping-by-sequencing empowered genetic diversity analysis of Jordanian oat wild relative Avena sterilis. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, [online] 65(8), 2069-2082. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10722-018-0674-x

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  16. Fu YB (2017) Genomic characterization of PGRC germplasm collections: An update

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  17. Fu YB, Yang M-H, Zeng F, Biligetu B. Searching for an accurate marker-based prediction of an individual quantitative trait in molecular plant breeding. Invited by Dr. Rajeev K Varshney, ICRISAT, India, for Genomics-Assisted Breeding Workshop at Plant and Animal Genome Conference at San Diego, CA, January 13-18, 2018

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  18. Fu YB (2018) Updating the evolutionary paradigm of hexaploid oat. Plant and Animal Genome Conference, San Diego, CA, January 12 to 17, 2018

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  19. Bhattarai, S., Coulman, B., Fu, Y.B., Beattie, A.D., Biligetu, B. (2017). Genetic diversity and relationship of sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia Scop.) germplasm as revealed by amplified fragment length polymorphism markers. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 98(3), 543-551. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2017-0094

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  20. Li P, Biligetu B, Coulman BE, Schellenberg M, Fu YB (2017) Genotyping-by-sequencing data of 272 crested wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum) genotypes. Data in Brief 15: 401-406

    2017 - View publication details

Research facility

107 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X2



  • Adjunct Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Department of Plant Sciences
  • Editorial board member for Diversity, Sci and BMC Genomics
  • Associate Editor for Frontiers in Plant Science