Hou, Anfu, Ph.D.

Research Scientist


Contact Information:

101 Route 100, Unit 100
Morden, Manitoba R6M 1Y5
Telephone: 204-822-7228
Fax: 204-822-7207
Email: houa@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Germplasm and Genetic Enhancement
  • Cultivar Development
  • Variety Management
  • Molecular Marker Assisted Breeding
  • Food quality
  • Host Resistance to Disease
  • Field Bean
  • Soybean

Current Projects:

  • Developing new field bean cultivars for production in Manitoba
  • Genetic resources and genetic enhancement of pulse crops in Canada
  • Improvement of bean food quality and marketability
  • Molecular marker-assisted pyramiding of multiple disease resistance in field beans

Affiliations:

  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Crop Science Society of America

Research Publications:

The links below lead to abstracts with access to full text.

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

  • Balasubramanian, P.M., Mündel, H.-H., Conner, R.L., and Hou, A. (2012). "AAC Tundra great northern dry bean.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 92(7), pp. 1403-1405. doi : 10.4141/cjps2012-066

2011

  • Balasubramanian, P.M., Hou, A., Conner, R.L., Kiehn, F.A., and Mündel, H.-H. (2011). "Carman Black dry bean.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 91(3), pp. 519-521. doi : 10.4141/cjps2010-005
  • Hou, A., Balasubramanian, P.M., Conner, R.L., Park, S.J., Yu, K., Kiehn, F.A., and Navabi, A. (2011). "Portage common bean.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 91(3), pp. 523-525. doi : 10.4141/cjps2010-015
  • Saldivar, X.Y., Wang, Y.-J., Chen, P., and Hou, A. (2011). "Changes in chemical composition during soybean seed development.", Food Chemistry, 124(4), pp. 1369-1375. doi : 10.1016/j.foodchem.2010.07.091

2010

2009

Other Science Related Publications:

2015

  • Hou, A., Sandercock, M., and Conner, R.L. (2015). Long Season Wide Row Dry Bean Cooperative Registration Trials Annual Report to PGDC. (Report)
  • Sandhu, K.S. and Hou, A. (2015). "Genetic analysis of seed hardness trait in a recombinant inbred line population of common bean. Poster presentation.", Bean Improvement Cooperatives 2015, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, November 1-4, 2015. (Abstract)
  • Wang, N., Hou, A., and Santos, J. (2015). "Effects of dry bean cultivars and growing locations on seed physicochemical and cooking quality.", Bean Improvement Cooperatives 2015, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, November 1-4, 2015. (Poster)

2014

  • Boersma, J.G., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Navabi, A., Yu, K., and Hou, A. (2014). "Combining resistance to common bacterial blight, anthracnose and bean common mosaic virus in dry bean.", 6th International Food Legume Research Conference and 7th International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 7-11, 2014, Presentation. (Poster)
  • Conner, R.L., Hou, A., Balasubramanian, P.M., McLaren, D.L., Henriquez, M.A., Chang, K.F., and McRae, K.B. (2014). "Reactions of dry bean cultivars from western Canada to root rot.", 6th International Food Legume Research Conference and 7th International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 7-11, 2014. (Poster)
  • Hou, A., Marsolais, F., Pajak, A., and Conner, R.L. (2014). "Genetic improvement of protein quality in edible beans with adaptation to Manitoba.", Annual Report of the Bean Improvement Cooperative (BIC), 57(129).
  • Pandurangan, S., Sandercock, M., Hou, A., and Marsolais, F. (2014). "Differential response to sulphur nutrition of two common bean genotypes differing in storage protein composition. Poster presentation.", 9th International Workshop on Sulfur Metabolism in Plants "Molecular Physiology and Ecophysiology of Sulfur", Freiburg, Germany, April 14-17, 2014.

2011

  • Balasubramanian, P.M., Hou, A., Conner, R.L., McLaren, D.L., Navabi, A., and Pauls, K.P. (2011). "Improvement of dry bean on the prairies for high yield, disease resistance and seed quality.", Pulse Science Cluster Scientific Meeting 2011, Radisson Hotel, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, November 17-18, 2011.
  • Boersma, J.G., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Gillard, C.L., and Hou, A. (2011). "Evaluation of dry bean lines for resistance to common bacterial blight.", Plant Canada 2011, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, Canada, July 17-21, 2011.
  • Hou, A., Balasubramanian, P.M., and Conner, R.L. (2011 Internal). Dry Bean Breeding Annual Report (submitted to the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association (MPGA))., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC). (Report)
  • Hou, A., Conner, R.L., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2011 Internal). 2011 Interim Report ARDI 10-1021: Evaluation and Development of Dry Bean Cultivars for Production in Manitoba., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC). (Report)
  • Hou, A., Conner, R.L., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2011 Internal). 2011 Interim Report ARDI 10-1021: Evaluation and Development of Dry Bean Cultivars for Production in Manitoba., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC). (Report)
  • Hou, A., Conner, R.L., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2011). "Dry bean breeding research.", Pulse Beat, 2011(64), pp. 38.
  • Hou, A., Dyck, G., and Conner, R.L. (2011 Internal). Long Season Wide Row and Narrow Row Dry Bean Cooperative Registration Trials (submitted to the Prairie Grain Development Committee (PGDC)., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC). (Report)
  • Yu, K., Navabi, A., Hou, A., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2011). "An update on the molecular development and marker-assisted selection in AAFC bean breeding programs.", Pulse Science Cluster Scientific Meeting 2011, Radisson Hotel, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, November 17-18, 2011.

2010

  • Hou, A., Balasubramanian, P.M., and Conner, R.L. (2010 Internal). 2010 Annual Report to ARDI 07-802: Dry Bean Crop Improvement in Manitoba., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC). (Report)
  • Hou, A., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Yu, K., and Navabi, A. (2010). Marker-assisted pyramiding of resistance to common bacterial blight and anthracnose in navy bean, in 2010 BIC Annual Report., Bean Improvement Cooperative (BIC). (Report)
  • Hou, A., Conner, R.L., Nguyen, V., Cui, Y., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2010). "Worldwide dry bean germplasm collections useful for cultivar development for production in Canada.", 8th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Calgary, AB, Canada, November 3-5, 2010.
  • Hou, A., Conner, R.L., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2010). Hydration patterns vary in diverse dry bean market classes and cultivars, in 2010 BIC Annual Report., Bean Improvement Cooperative (BIC). (Report)

2009

  • Balasubramanian, P.M., Conner, R.L., Yu, K., Hou, A., and Navabi, A. (2009 Internal). Marker-assisted development of dry bean cultivars with resistance to bean common bacterial blight, anthracnose and bean common mosaic virus for reduced use of pesticides. Final Report submitted to AAFC-Pest Management Centre, April 14, 2009. (Report)
  • Balasubramanian, P.M., Conner, R.L., and Hou, A. (2009). "Bacterial wilt in dry bean and inheritance of resistance to the disease in Early Rose and PI136725.", XXth Biennial Meeting of the Bean Improvement Cooperative, Hilton Garden Inn, Fort Collins, CO, USA, October 25-28, 2009. (Poster)
  • Conner, R.L., Hou, A., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2009). "Root rot resistance in dry bean cultivars.", Pulse Beat, 58, pp. 27.
  • Conner, R.L., Hou, A., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2009). "Screening dry bean for anthracnose resistance.", Pulse Beat, 58, pp. 21.
  • Conner, R.L., McLaren, D.L., Hou, A., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2009). "Evaluation of dry beans for resistance to white mould.", Pulse Beat, 58, pp. 26-27.
  • Hou, A., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M. (2009). "Hydration patterns vary in diverse dry bean market classes and cultivars.", XXth Biennial Meeting of the Bean Improvement Cooperative, Hilton Garden Inn, Fort Collins, CO, USA, October 25-28, 2009. (Poster)
  • Hou, A., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Yu, K., and Navabi, A. (2009). "Marker-Assisted Pyramiding of Resistance to Common Bacterial Blight and Anthracnose in Navy Bean.", XXth Biennial Meeting of the Bean Improvement Cooperative, Hilton Garden Inn, Fort Collins, CO, USA, October 25-28, 2009. (Abstract)
  • Hou, A., Conner, R.L., and Balasubramanian, P.M. (2009). "Common bacterial blight - breeding dry bean resistance.", Pulse Beat, 58, pp. 24-25.
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