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Bill Biligetu Associate Professor

Ministry of Agriculture Strategic Research Program (SRP) Chair in Forage Crop Breeding

4C74- Agriculture Building

Research Area(s)

  • Breeding and Genetics of Forage Crop Plants for the adaption to the Prairie region of western Canada.


Plant Sciences, Crop Development Centre


  • Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan
  • M.Sc., Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, China
  • B.Sc., Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, China

Selected Publications

Zeng, F., Biligetu, B., Coulman, B., Schellenberg, M.P., and Fu, Y.-B. 2017.    RNA-Seq analysis of gene expression for floral development in crested wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum L.).  PLoS ONE, 12(5): e0177417.  https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0177417

Yong-Bi Fu, Y.-B., Yang, M.-H., Zeng, F., and Biligetu, B.  2017.  Searching for an accurate marker-based prediction of an individual quantitative trait in molecular plant breeding.  Frontiers in Plant Science, 8: 1182.  https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2017.01182

Zeng, F., Biligetu, B., Coulman, B., Schellenberg, M.P., and Fu, Y.-B.  2017.  RNA-Seq analysis of plant maturity in crested wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum L.).  Genes, 8(11): 291.  https://doi.org/10.3390/genes8110291

Bhattarai, S., Coulman, B., and Biligetu, B.  2016.  Sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia Scop.): Renewed interest as a forage legume for western Canada.  Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 96(5): 748-756. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2015-0378

Schellenberg, M.P. and Biligetu, B.  2015.  The effects of temperature and scarification on seed germination of three Dalea species.  Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 95(6): 1117-1120.  https://doi.org/10.1139/CJPS-2015-153

Biligetu, B., Jefferson, P.G., Muri, R., and Schellenberg, M.P.  2014.  Forage yield, nutritive value and persistence in a binary mixture of warm- and cool- grasses with legume species.  Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 94(7): 1139-1148. https://doi.org/10.1139/CJPS2013-269

Biligetu, B. , Schellenberg, M.P., and Fu, Y.-B.  2013.  Genetic diversity of side-oats grama [Bouteloua curtipendula (Michx.) Torr.] populations as revealed by amplified fragment length polymorphism markers.  Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 93(6): 1105-1114.  https://doi.org/10.1139/CJPS2013-140

Biligetu, B., Schellenberg, M.P., McLeod, G.J., and Wang, Z.  2013.  Seed yield variation in plain rough fescue grass (Festuca hallii (Vasey) Piper) populations and its relation with phenotypic characteristics and environmental factors.  Grass and Forage Science, 68(4): 589-595.  https://doi.org/10.1111/gfs.12012

Awards and Medals

  • Early Career Agronomist Award, Canadian Society of Agronomy, 2020
  • Dean’s New Researcher Award of Excellence, University of Saskatchewan, 2018
  • Sask Forage Industry Innovation Award 2018


  • PLSC 418 Management of Arable Grassland