Name: Hui Yu

Country: China


Professor, South China Botanical Garden, The Chinese Academy of Sciences Xingke Road 723, Tianhe District Guangzhou 510650, China.

Phone no: 86-20-37252759

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South China Botanical Garden, The Chinese Academy of Sciences Xingke Road 723, Tianhe District Guangzhou 510650, China.

Research Interests:

  • I am a researcher majored in evolutionary biology and I mainly employs ecological and genetic approaches to infer evolutionary process and species speciation. 
  • My current research is the mutualism of figs-fig wasps. 
  • I mainly use molecular data to investigate of the factors influencing gene flow and their impacts on the genetic variation of the fig and their symbiotic fig wasps over a broad range of temporal and spatial scales, then further to explore the species speciation of the fig wasps. 
  • In addition, I am investigating geographic variation of all kinds of characters related to the mutualism, such as seed and pollinator production, non-pollinator (whose larvae parasitize fig fruit) production, odor compounds, and try to know how the variation is influenced by climates and other environmental factors.


Publication statistics

  1. Tian E. W., Naosn J. D., Machado C. A., Zheng L. N., Yu H.* and Kjellberb F. Lack of genetic isolation by distance, similar genetic structuring but different demographic histories in a fig-pollinating wasp mutualism. Molecular Ecology, 24:5976-5991
  2. Yu H. Nason J. D., Zhang L., Zheng L. N., Wu W. and Ge X. J. Do novo transcriptome sequencing in Ficus hirta Vahl. (Moraceae) to investigate gene regulation involved in the biosynthesis of pollinator attracting volatiles. Tree Genetics & Genomes, 11: 91.
  3. Zheng L. N., Nason J. D., Liang D., Ge X. J. and Yu H. * 2015. Development and characterization of microsatellite loci for Ficus hirta. Applications in Plant Sciences, 3(7): 1500034.
  4. Ren H., Wang J., Liu H., Yuan L.L., Xu Y., Zhang Q. M., Yu H. and Luo J. 2015. Conservation introduction resulted in similar reproductive success of Camellia changii compared with augmentation. Plant Ecology, 217: 219-228.
  5. Rong Wang, Robert Aylwin, Louise Barwell, Xiao-Yong Chen, Yan Chen, Lien-Siang Chou, James Cobb, Daniel Collette, Lamara Craine, Robin M. Giblin-Davis, Salah Ghana, Maximilian Harper, Rhett D. Harrison, John R. McPherson, Yan-Qiong Peng, Rodrigo A.S. Pereira, Alfredo Reyes-Betancort, Lillian J.V. Rodriguez, Emily Strange, Simon van Noort, Hui-Wen Yang, Hui Yu and Stephen G. Compton. 2015. The fig wasp followers and colonists of a widely introduced fig tree, Ficus microcarpa. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 8(4): 322-336.
  6. Rong Wang, Ashley Matthews, Joanne Ratcliffe, Louise J. Barwell, Yan-Qiong Peng, Lien-Siang Chou, Hui Yu, Hui-Wen Yang And Stephen G. Compton. 2014. First  record of an apparently rare fig wasp feeding strategy: obligate seed predation. Ecological Entomology, 39(4):492-500.
  7. Yu H. and Nason J. D. 2013. Nuclear and chloroplast DNA phylogeography of Ficus hirta: obligate pollination mutualism and constraints on range expansion in response to climate change. New Phytologist, 197(1):276-289.
  8. En-wei Tian and Hui Yu*. 2013 A simple and rapid DNA extraction protocol of small insects for PCR amplification. Entomological News, 123(4): 303-310.
  9. Zhang L., Yan H. F., Wu W., Yu H. and Ge X. J. 2013. Comparative transcriptome analysis and marker development of two closely related Primrose species (Primula poissonii and Primula wilsonii). BMC Genomics,14:329.
  10. Jin-Hua Xiao; Zhen Yue; Ling-Yi Jia; Xin-Hua Yang; Li-Hua Niu; Zhuo Wang; Peng Zhang; Bao-Fa Sun; Shun-Min He; Zi Li; Tuan-Lin Xiong; Wen Xin; Hai-Feng Gu; Bo Wang; John H Werren; Robert W Murphy; David Wheeler; Li-Ming Niu; Guang-Chang Ma; Ting Tang,Shengnan Bian, Ningxin Wang, Chunyan Yang, Nan Wang, Yueguan Fu, Wenzhu Li, Soojin V Yi, Xing Yu, Qing Zhou, Changxin Lu, Chunyan Xu, Lijuan He, Lili Cai, Lianle Bian, Shu Zhang, Junyi Wang, Ye Yin, Hui Yu, Guanhong Wang, Hui Yu, Wenshan Wu, James M Cook, Jun Wang, and Dawei Huang. Obligate mutualism within a host drives the extreme specialization of a fig wasp genome. Genome Biology, 2013, 14: R141