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Yuguang Bai Professor

Department Head, Plant Sciences

4D36.3 - Agriculture Building

Research Area(s)

  • Grassland and forest ecology
  • Seed and seedbed ecology
  • Oilsands reclamation


Plant Sciences


  • Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan
  • M.Sc., Northeast Normal University, China
  • B.Sc., Peking University, China

Selected Publications

Palit, R., Bai, Y., Romo, J., Coulman, B., and Warren, R.  2017.  Seed production in Festuca hallii is regulated by long term temperature and precipitation patterns.  Rangeland Ecology and Management, 70(2): 238-243.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rama.2016.07.012

Ren, L., Bai, Y., and Reaney, M.  2017.  Evidence of different compounds in smoke derived from legumes and grasses acting on seed germination and seedling emergence.  Seed Science Research, 27(2): 154-164.  https://doi.org/10.1017/S0960258517000113

Ren, L. and Bai, Y.  2017.  Burning modifies composition of emergent seedlings in Fescue Prairie.  Rangeland Ecology and Management, 70(2): 230-237.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rama.2016.08.013

Zhang, Z., Tian, X., Bai, Y., Liu, H., Niu, X., Wang, Z., and Wang, Q.  2016.  Field sandbur (Cenchrus pauciflorus) seeds in the same bur respond differently to temperature and water potential in relation to germination in a semi-arid environment, China. PLoS ONE, 11(12): e0168394.  https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0168394

Abu, Y., Romo, J.T., Bai, Y., and Coulman, B. 2016. Priming seeds in aqueous smoke solutions to improve seed germination and biomass production of perennial forage species.  Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 96(4): 551-563 https://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2015-0229 

Ren, L. and Bai, Y.  2016. Smoke originated from different plants has various effects on germination and seedling growth of species in Fescue Prairie. Botany, 94(12): 1141-1150.  https://doi.org/10.1139/cjb-2016-0185

Ren, L. and Bai, Y.  2016.  Smoke and ash effects on seedling emergence from germinable soil seed bank in Fescue Prairie. Rangeland Ecology and Management, 69(6): 499-507.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rama.2016.07.002

Palit, R., Bai, Y., Romo, J., Coulman, B., and St Pierre, R.  2015.  Variations in vernalization requirements among ecotypes of Festuca hallii. Grass and Forage Science, 70(2): 353-364. https://doi.org/10.1111/gfs.12101 

Liu, J., Bai, Y., Lamb, E.G., Simpson, D., Liu, G., Wei, Y., Wang, D., McKenney, D., and Papadopol, P.  2013.  Patterns of cross-continental variation in tree seed mass in the Canadian Boreal Forest.  PLoS ONE, 8(4): e61060. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0061060 

Braun, M., Bai, Y., McConkey, B., Farrell, R., Romo, J.T., and Pennock, D.  2013.  Greenhouse gas flux in a temperate grassland as affected by landform and disturbance.  Landscape Ecology, 28(4): 709-723.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-013-9878-9


  • PLSC213 Principles of Plant Ecology
  • PLSC425 Forest Ecology
  • PLSC812 Physiological Plant Ecology