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YU Wenbin
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Assocaite Professor
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Center for Integrative Conservation Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS Mengla, Yunnan 666303, China
yuwenbin@xtbg.ac.cn, wenbin.yu.botany@gmail.com


Personal page: http://www.wbyu.net/ 



Ph.D., Botany, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) 


M.Sc., Botany, Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS 


B.Sc., Biology, School of Life Sciences and Food Engineering, Nanchang University 


Minor in Business Administration, School of Economics and Management, Nanchang University 





Asssociate Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS  


Scientific Secretary, iFlora group of Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS 


Conference Coordinator, Fifth International Barcode of Life Conference in Kunming 


Assistant Researcher, Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS 


Visiting Resarcher, Field Museum of Natural History 


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Field Museum of Natural History 


Research Associate, Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS 


Research Assistant, Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS 

 Experiences and Activities   


Courses of phylogenetic comparative methods in the Field Museum 


Workshop of Genotyping-by-Sequencing (GBS) in the Pritzker lab 


Expert group for Scrophulariaceae s.l., Red List of Chinese High Plants (IUCN) 


Scientific Writing Workshop of New Phytologist in China 


Workshop of ‘International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (ICBN)’ in Kunming 


Assist Prof. Wang to guide six undergraduate students for undergraduate thesis 


A Member of Student Committee in Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS (the Chief of sports) 


A volunteer of scientific commentator for Kunming Botanical Garden 


A Member of Student Committee in Yuquan Campus of Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (the Chief of sports) 


The Third Business Plan Competition of Chinese College 


A Member of Student Committee in School of Life Sciences and Food Engineering, Nanchang University (the Chief of sports from 2001.10-2003.9) 




Excellent Graduated Student of Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences 


Excellent Student of Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences 


Fellowship of Zhu Liyuehua for Doctoral candidate, CAS 


First-class M.Sc. Thesis of Yunnan, Yunnan Department of Education (no. S2009001) 


Excellent Student and Student Council Leader of Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences 


Graduate fellowship of Western China, CAS (the Second award) 


Excellent Student Council Leader of Yuquan Campus, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences 


Silver Award of College Business Plan Competition in Nanchang University (participant) 


Bronze of the 3rd Business Plan Competition of Chinese College, Heaven Silicon Valley (participant), The Ministry of Education etc. 




Floral biology and reproductive ecology of Cycas panzhihuaensis (PI, Panzhihua Cycas Natural Reserve) 


Speciation mechanism of Pedicularis rex in the Hengduan Mountains region (PI, NSFC: 31200185) 


Detecting sympatric speciation of Pedicularis rex complex in the Hengduan Mountains (PI, West Light Foundation of the CAS for Young Doctor) 


Phylogeny, biogeography, and diversification in Pedicularis (Orobanchaeceae) (participant, US-NSF: DEB-1119098) 


Systematics and speciation of Pterygiella complex ( Orobanchaeceae) (participant, NSFC: 30970201) 


DNA barcoding of Pedicularis in China (participant, CAS: 2009-LSF-GBOWS-01) 


Evolution and conservation of biodiversity in Sino-Himalayas region (participant, 973 Program, 2007CB411600) 


Floristics of Yanshan Mountain located at borders of Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou (participant, NSFC: 30670160) 


Systematics and evolution of tribe Rhinanthoidae in Eastern Himalayas (participant, CAS: KSCXZ-YW-Z-034) 


Development and divergence of floral symmetry for Pedicularis (Orobanchaeceae) (participant, NSFC: 30570115) 


Collecting and sorting of germplasm resources in Southwestern China (participant, MST: 2005DKA21006) 


  Research interest and current projects 

  I am very interested in evolutionary biology of flowering plants. Since 2004, the beginning of my Master study, I am working on a large and hemiparasitic genus Pedicularis L. (Orobanchaceae). Pedicualris, approximately 600 species, is a species-rich angiosperm genus, and its flowers are dramatic variations in forms and tube-lengths of corolla. This genus provides outstanding opportunities to study speciation mediated by flower divergence and plant-pollinator co-adaptation. During the graduate studies, I got good training in plant taxonomy and systematics, pollination biology, phylogeny and population genetics. I am also interested in botanical nomenclature. Some nomenclatural issues of Chinese seed plants have been resolved, but some issues I found still need to resolve in the future. Since 2004, I have organized/participated the fieldwork in the Himalaya-Hengduan Mountains more than 10 times, and collected thousands of gatherings of specimens, tissues and seeds. I am familiar with the Floras of alpine region in southwestern China, especially for the taxonomy and distribution of Pedicularis. 

  Recently, I focus on comprehensive phylogeny of worldwide Pedicularis using nuclear (ITS, AroB, AT103 and Eif3E) and plastid (matK, rps16 and trnL-F), collaborating with Dr. Richard Ree. Phylogenetic trees will be employed to trace diversification of morphological characters, and to reconstruct biogeographic history. To date, more than 400 species are sampled and sequenced. In addition, Pedicularis section Cyathophora is a young clade, and phylogenetic relationship is not well resolved, and topologies are conflict between nrITS and plastid genes. Therefore, we perform the high-throughput Genotyping-by-Sequencing to infer phylogeny and detect hybridization for this section, with an emphasis on P. rex complex. The preliminary phylogenetic analysis resolved the systematic status of P. thamnophila and the unknown taxon, and low gene flow has been detected between species. In addition, I am also working on phylogeny and systematics of new Orobanchaceae in China, with an emphasis on the plastid genome evolution transition from autrophism to parasitism. 


Ten selected publications (see full list) 

  Articles in journals with peer review 

  1)    China Plant BOL Group† (2011) Comparative analysis of a large dataset indicates that internal transcribed spacer (ITS) should be incorporated into the core barcode for seed plants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108: 19641-19646. (†, including 62 authors) 

  2)   Yu W.-B., Kuss P., Wang H. Ree R.H., Li D.-Z. (2014) Lectotypification of Linnaean names in Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae). Taxon 63: 172-176. 

  3)  Yu W.-B., Wang H., Li D.-Z. (2014) Nomenclatural notes for Pedicularis oederi var. angustiflora (Orobanchaceae). Phytotaxa 158: 299-300. 

  4)    Yu W.-B., Cai J., Li D.-Z., Mill R.R, Wang H. (2013) Floral ontogeny of Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae), with an emphasis on the corolla upper lip. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 51: 435-450. 

  5)   Yu W.-B., Huang P.-H., Wang H., Li D.-Z. (2013) Incongruence between nuclear and chloroplast DNA phylogenies in Pedicularis section Cyathophora (Orobanchaceae). PLoS ONE 8: e74828. 

  6)   Yu W.-B., Wang H., Li D.-Z. (2012) Highly efficient pollination by bumblebees ensures seed production in Pedicularis lachnoglossa (Orobanchaceae), an early-flowering Himalayan plant. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 50: 518-526. 

  7) Yu W.-B., Huang P.-H., Ree R.H., Liu M.-L., Li D.-Z., Wang H. (2011) DNA barcoding of Pedicularis L. (Orobanchaceae): testing four candidate DNA barcode loci in a large andhemiparasitic genus. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 49: 425-437. 

  8)  Yu W.-B., Wang H., Li D.-Z. (2011) Names of Chinese seed plants validly published in a catalogue of type specimens (Cormophyta) in the herbaria of China and its two supplements. Taxon 60: 1168-1172. 

  9) Yu W.-B., Cai J., Wang H., Chen J.-Q. (2008) Advances in floral divergence and reproductive adaptation in Pedicularis L. (Orobanchaceae). Chinese Bulletin of Botany 25: 392-400. (in Chinese with a English abstract) 

  10)  Yu W.-B., Wang H. (2008) Pollen morphology of Pedicularis sect. Cyathophora, a group endemic to the eastern Himalaya-Hengduan Mountains region. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 50: 244-252. 


  Public presentations 


A Brief Overview of Nomenclatural Actions in China (Oral); A Preparatory Meeting for the Nomenclature Section of IBC 2017, Fairy Lake Botanical Garden, Shenzhen. 


Progress of iFlora in China: A Rapid Identification Platform for China’s National Protected Key Wild Plants (Oral and Abstract); The Fifth International Barcode of Life Conference, Kunming. 


Rapid identification of species and iFlora: application of DNA barcoding in a large temperate genus Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae) (Poster & Abstract); The Fifth International Barcode of Life Conference, Kunming. 


Introduction of Endnote, a software for reference management; The KIB Library, Kunming. 


DNA barcoding of Pedicularis Linn. (Orobanchaeceae); Key Laboratory of Biodiversity and Biogeography, CAS, Kunming. 


Writing skills of scientific paper; The KIB student Committee, Kunming (co-operator with Dr. A-R. Li). 


Pollination ecology of an early flowering alpine lousewort, Pedicularis lachnoglossa from the Himalaya-Hengduan Mountains region (Oral and Abstract); Yunnan Botanical Society, Simao. 





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