Fu, Yong-Bi, Ph.D.

Research Scientist - Crop Genetic Diversity

Contact Information:

107 Science Place
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 0X2
Telephone: 306-385-9298
Fax: 306-385-9489
Email: yong-bi.fu@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • 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

Current 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


  • Adjunct Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Department of Plant Sciences
  • Editorial board member, Diversity
  • Associate Editor, Communications in Biometry and Crop Science

Research Publications:

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


  • Fu, Y.B. (2014). "Genetic Diversity Analysis of Highly Incomplete SNP Genotype Data with Imputations: An Empirical Assessment.", G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 4(5), pp. 891-900. doi : 10.1534/g3.114.010942
  • Fu, Y.B., Cheng, B.F., and Peterson, G.W. (2014). "Genetic diversity analysis of yellow mustard (Sinapis alba L.) germplasm based on genotyping by sequencing", Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 61(3), pp. 579-594. doi : 10.1007/s10722-013-0058-1
  • Fu, Y.B., Wangsomnuk, P.P., and Ruttawat, B. (2014). "Thai elite cassava genetic diversity was fortuitously conserved through farming with different sets of varieties.", Conservation Genetics. doi : 10.1007/s10592-014-0631-y






Other Science Related Publications:


  • You, F.M., Kumar, S., Banik, M., Ragupathy, R., Deyholos, M.K., Fu, Y.B., Sharpe, A.G., and Cloutier, S. (2013). "Ordering the draft genome sequence of flax (Linum usitatissimum).", Plant & Animal Genome XXI Conference, Town & Country Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA, January 12-16, 2013.


  • Biligetu, B., Schellenberg, M.P., and Fu, Y.B. (2012). "AFLP variation in native populations of side-oats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula (Michx.) Torr.) and its corresponding selected and multiple-site composite populations", Plant Canada 2012 (joint meeting of the Canadian Society of Agronomy (CSA), Canadian Society for Horticultural Science (CSHS), Certified Crop Advisors (CCA), North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX)): Adapting Crops to Change, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 16-19, 2012. (Poster)


  • Fu, Y.B. (2009). "Was flax first domesticated for oil or fibre?.", 74th Symposium on Evolution - the Molecular Landscape, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, Canada, May 27-June 2, 2009. (Poster)
  • Zhou, R., Tsang, E., Fu, Y.B., and Gruber, M.Y. (2009). "Rapid determination of S-Adenosylmethionine and S-Adenosylhomocysteine in plant tissues by UPLC-Tandem Mass Spectrometry.", 5th International Conference of the Metabolomics Society, Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe, Edmonton, AB, Canada, August 30-September 2, 2009. (Poster)