Wen-Bin Yu, PhD 郁文彬

Associate Professor
Center for Integrative Conservation
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Mengla, Yunnan 666303, China
Phone: 86-13888744691



Research Areas

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

  2. Evolution of floral diversity and specification of Pedicularis (Orobachaceae) 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 approaches in species identification, discovery of new species, community phylogeny, and conservation.


  • 2011.06   Ph.D., Botany, Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS
  • 2007.06   M.Sc., Botany, Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS
  • 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


Work Experience
  • 2015.09--               Visiting Researcher, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2015.09--2016.09  Director of Herbarium & Seed Bank, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS
  • 2014.08--               Associate Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS
  • 2013.01-2014.07   Assistant Professor, Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS
  • 2012.12--               Visiting Researcher, Field Museum of Natural History
  • 2011.11--2012.12   Postdoctoral Fellowship, Field Museum of Natural History
  • 2011.07--2011.11   Assistant Researcher, Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS
  • 2007.07--2008.08   Research Assistant, Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS






  • Liu M.-L., Yu W.-B., Li D.-Z., Mill R.R., Wang H. (2013) Seed morphological diversity of Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae) and its taxonomic significance. Plant Systematics and Evolution 299:1645-1657.
  • Liu M.-L., Yu W.-B., Wang H. (2013) Rapid identification of species and iFlora: application of DNA barcoding in a large temperate genus Pedicularis(Orobanchaceae). Plant Diversity and Resources 35: 707-714.
  • Yu W.-B. (2013) Valid publication of the name Anaphalis hymenolepis(Asteraceae). Phytotaxa 138: 58-60.
  • Yu W.-B. (2013) Nomenclatural clarifications for names in BoschniakiaKopsiopsis and Xylanche (Orobanchaceae). Phytotaxa 77: 40-42.
  • Yu W.-B. (2013) Valid publication of Turpinia pomifera var. minor(Staphyleaceae). Phytotaxa 119: 55-58.
  • 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.
  • Yu W.-B., He F. (2013) Nomenclatural notes on Rhododendron sparsifolium(Ericaceae). Nordic Journal of Botany 31: 309-311.
  • 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.
  • Yu W.-B., Mill R. R., Wang H., Li D.-Z. (2013) Proposal to conserve the name Pterygiella cylindrica against Brandisia praticola (Orobanchaceae). Taxon 62: 1067-1068.
  • Yu W.-B., Wang H., Li D.-Z. (2013) Gymnosporia thyrsiflora comb. nov. (Celastraceae), a correct name to replace G. graciliramula from Southwest China. Nordic Journal of Botany 31: 746–747.
  • Yu W.-B., Wang, H. & Li, D.-Z. (2013) Proposal to conserve Pedicularis stenocorysagainst P. stenantha (Orobanchaceae).Taxon 62: 1066-1067.
  • 郁文彬, 高连明 (2013) 第五届国际生命条形码大会在昆明举行. 植物资源与分类学报 35: 811-812.
  • 郁文彬, 王雨华, 王红 (2013) iFlora 系列进展之一: 基于DNA 条形码的“国家重点保护野生植物鉴定信息平台”建设完成. 植物资源与分类学报 35: 706, 810.


  • 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.


  • 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)
  • Jiang N., Lin X., Guan K.-Y., Yu W.-B.* (2011) Valid publicationof the name Helicia falcata (Proteaceae). Nordic Journal of Botany 29: 61-62.
  • Jiang N., Peng X.-M., Yu W.-B. (2011) Valid publication of Asarum longirhizomatosum(Aristolochiaceae). Novon 21: 190-191.
  • Ma H., Jiang N., Yu W.-B.*, Li Z.-H. (2011) Valid publication of the name Callicarpa peichieniana (Lamiaceae). Nordic Journal of Botany 29: 224-226.
  • Peng X.-M., Jiang N., Yu W.-B. (2011) Valid publication of the name Callicarpa bodinieri var. iteophylla (Lamiaceae). Journal of Systematics and Evolution 49: 508.
  • Peng X.-M., He Z., Yu W.-B.* (2011) Nomenclature notes on Myristica yunnanensisand Cyclobalanopsis yonganensisBangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy 18: 65-67.
  • Yu, W.-B., Huang, P.-H., Ree, R.H., Liu, M.-L., Li, D.-Z., Wang, H. (2011) DNA barcoding of Pedicularis L. (Orobanchcaceae): evaluating four candidate DNA testing arcode loci in a large and hemiparasitic genus. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 49: 425-437.
  • Yu W.-B., Huang P.-H., Wang H. (2011) A new synonym of Pedicularis cyathophylla(Orobanchaceae). Journal of Systematics and Evolution 49: 507.
  • 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.


  • Huang P.-H., Yu W.-B., Lu L., Yang J.-B., Wang H. (2010) Isolation andcharacterization of 13 microsatellite loci from Pedicularis rex (lousewort).Hortscience 45: 1129-1131.
  • Li J.-P., Peng X.-M., Yu W.-B.* (2010) Nomenclature notes on Ferula tunshanica (=F. licentiana var. tunshanica) (Apiaceae). Phytotaxa 13: 59-60.
  • Jiang N., Yu W.-B., Li H.-Z., Guan K.-Y. (2010) Floral traits, pollination ecology and breeding system of three Clematis species (Ranunculaceae) in Yunnan province, southwestern China. Australian Journal of Botany 58: 115-123.
  • Yu W.-B., Huang P.-H., Li D.-Z., Wang H. (2010) A new species of Pedicularis(Orobanchaceae) from the Hengduan Mountains, southwest China. Novon 20: 512-518.
  • Yu W.-B., Wang H., Li D.-Z. (2010) Proposals to amend Art. 53 Ex. 9 & Ex. 10. Taxon 59: 310.
  • Yu W.-B., Wang H., Li D.-Z. (2010) Proposals to amend Article 9.15, add an example to Article 37, and make additions to Appendices III and IV. Taxon 59: 656-657.
  • Zhang S., Ai H.-L., Yu W.-B., Wang H., Li D.-Z. (2010) Flower heliotropism of Anemone rivularis (Ranunculaceae) in the Himalayas: effects on floral temperature and reproductive fitness. Plant Ecology 209: 301-312.


  • Jiang N., Guan K.-Y., Yu W.-B.*, Peng X.-M. (2009) Validation of Atalantia fongkaicaand Fortunella bawangica (Rutaceae).Rhodora 111: 536-537.
  • Jiang N., Yu W.-B.*, Guan K.-Y. (2009) Valid publication of the name Atalantia acuminata (Rutaceae), endemic to southwestern China and northern Vietnam. Nordic Journal of Botany 27: 478-478.
  • Wang H., Yu W.-B., Chen J.-Q., Blackmore S. (2009) Pollen morphology in relation to floral types and pollination syndromes in Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae). Plant Systematics and Evolution 277: 153-162.


  • 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)
  • Yu W.-B., Wang H. (2008) Coadaptation of Pedicularis and BombusLife World 223: 16-17. (in Chinese)
  • 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.
  • Yu W.-B., Zhang S.-D., Wang H. (2008) New taxa of Pedicularis (Scrophulariaceae) from the Hengduan Mountains, southwestern China. 18: 25-129.
  • Zhang S., Yu W.-B., Wang H. (2008) Flower heliotropism of alpine plants and its adaptive significance. Journal of Wuhan Botanical Research 26: 197-202. (in Chinese with a English abstract)


  • Ai H.-L., Yu W.-B., Wang H. (2007) Closure behavior of the touching-sensitive stigmas in flowering plantsand its adaptive significance. Acta Botanical Yunnanica 29: 543-548. (in Chinese with a English abstract)