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YU Wenbin
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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/  


Professor of Biology 

Center for Integrative Conservation 

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

Mengla, Yunnan 666303, China 

Phone: +86-13888744691 

E-mail: yuwenbin@xtbg.ac.cn  

Personal page: http://www.wbyu.net/  


Research interests 


1)         Phylogeny and evolution of Orobanchaceae (including hemiparasitic Scrophulariaceae s.l., and non-parasitic Lindenbergia), with an emphasis on the evolution of parasitism. 

2)         Evolution of floral diversity and specification of Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae) in the Himalaya-Hengduan Mountains regions. 

3)         Assessing genetic diversity of extremely endangered species, and its application in conservation biology. 

4)         Applications of DNA barcoding approach in species identification, the discovery of new species, community phylogeny, and conservation. 

5)         Evolutionary variations and diversity of chloroplast genome in parasitic and carnivorous plants. 




2011.06: Ph.D., Botany, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2007.06: M.Sc., Botany, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2004.06: B.Sc., Biology, School of Life Sciences and Food Engineering, Nanchang University 

2003.06: Minor in Business Administration, School of Economics and Management, Nanchang University 





2012.01-now:   Full Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2014.08-2020.12: Associate Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences  

2015.09-2018.07: Visiting Researcher, Pennsylvania State University 

2015.09-2016.11: Director of Herbarium & Seed Bank, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2013.03-2013.10: Conference Coordinator, Fifth International Barcode of Life Conference in Kunming 

2013.01-2014.07: Assistant Professor, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2011.11-2012.12: Postdoctoral Scholar, Field Museum of Natural History 

2011.07-2011.11: Research Associate, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2007.07-2008.08: Research Assistant, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences 


Selected Publications after 2014 

Articles in journals with peer review (*, author for correspondence) 

·       Yu W.-B.*, Tang G.-D., Zhang L., Corlett R.T. (2020) Decoding the evolution and transmissions of the novel pneumonia coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/HCoV-19) using whole genomic data. Zoological Research. 41: 247-257.  

·       Jin J.J.#, Yu W.-B.#, Yang J.-B., Song Y., dePamphilis C.W., Yi T.-S.*, Li D.-Z.* (2020) GetOrganelle: a fast and versatile toolkit for accurate de novo assembly of organelle genomes. Genome Biology. 21: 241.  

·       Song Y.#, Yu W.-B.#, Tan Y.#, Jin J., Wang B., Yang J.-B., Liu B., Corlett R.T. (2020) Plastid phylogenomics improve phylogenetic resolution in the Lauraceae. Journal of Systematics and Evolution. 58: 42-49.  

·       Tang, G.-D., Liu, J.-F., Wang, L., Zhu, C.-M. Zhu, Liu, L.-H., Randle, C. P.*, Yu W.-B.* (2019) Molecular and morphological analyses support the transfer of Gleadovia kwangtungensis to Christisonia (Orobanchaceae). Systematic Botany. 44: 74-82. 

·       Yu W.-B.*, Wang H., Liu M.-L., Grabovskaya-Borodina A. E., Li D.-Z. (2018) Phylogenetic approaches resolve taxonomical confusion in Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae): reinstatement of Pedicularis delavayi and discovering a new species Pedicularis milliana. PLoS ONE. 13: e 0200372. 

·       Yu W.-B., Randle, C.P., Lu L., Wang H., Yang J.-B., dePamphilis C.W., Richard C.T., Li D.-Z. (2018) The hemiparasitic plant Phtheirospermum (Orobanchacese) is polyphyletic and contains cryptic species in the Hengduan Mountains of southwest China. Frontiers in Plant Science. 9: 142. 

·       Jiang N., Zhou Z., Yang J.-B., Zhang S.-D., Guan K.-Y., Tan Y.-H., Yu W.-B.* (2017) Phylogenetic reassessment of tribe Anemoneae (Ranunculaceae): non-monophyly of Anemone s.l. revealed by plastid datasets. PLoS ONE. 12: e0174792. 

·       Song, Y.#, Yu W.-B.#, Tan Y.#, Liu B., Yao X., Jin J., Padmanaba M., Yang J.-B., Corlett R.T. (2017) Evolutionary comparisons of the chloroplast genome in Lauraceae and insights into loss events in the Magnoliids. Genome Biology and Evolution. 9: 2354-2364. (#, Equal Contribution for Authors) 

·         Yu W.-B., Wang, H, Ree, R.H., Mill R.R., Yang J.-B., Liu M.-L., Li D.-Z. (2015) Towards a comprehensive phylogeny of the large temperate genus Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae), with an emphasis on species from the Himalaya-Hengduan Mountains. BMC Plant Biology. 15: 176.  

  • Yu W.-B., Li, D.-Z. (2014) Valid publication of the name Sarcococca longipetiolata (Buxaceae), third time lucky. Taxon. 63: 172-176.
  • 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.




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