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Yuguang Bai Professor and Department Head

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, China

Selected Publications

Z. Zhang, X. Tian, Y. Bai, H. Liu, X. Niu, Z. Wang, Q. Wang. 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 https://doi.org/10.137/journal.pone.0168394 

L. Ren, Y. Bai, M. Reaney. 2017. Evidence of different compounds in smoke derived from legumes and grasses acting on seed germination and seedling emergence.  Seed Science Research, 27(2): 1-11. 

L. Ren, Y. Bai. 2016. Burning Modifies Composition of Emergent Seedlings in Fescue Prairie.  Rangeland Ecology and Management, 70: 230-237. 

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

R. Palit, Y. Bai, J. Romo, B. Coulman and R. St Pierre. 2016. Seed production in Festuca hallii is regulated by long term temperature and precipitation patterns. Rangeland Ecology and Management, (in press).

L. Ren, Y. Bai, 2016. Smoke originated from different plants has various effects on germination and seedling growth of species in Fescue Prairie. Botany (in press).

L. Ren, Y. Bai. 2016. Smoke and Ash Effects on seedling emergence from germinable soil see bank in Fescue Prairie. Rangeland Ecology and Management, (in press).

R. Palit, Y. Bai, J. Romo, B. Coulman and R. St Pierre. 2014. Variations in vernalization requirements among ecotypes of Festuca hallii. Grass and Forage Science (Article first published online : 16 JAN 2014, https://doi.org/10.1111/gfs.12101 

J. Liu, Y. Bai, E.G. Lamb, D. Simpson, G. Liu, Y. Wei, D. Wang, D. McKenney, and P. Papadopol. 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 

M. Braun, Y. Bai, B. McConkey, R. Farrell, J.T. Romo, and D. Pennock. 2013. Greenhouse gas flux in a temperate grassland as affected by landform and disturbance.  Landscape Ecology, 28: 709-723.

K. Ducherer, Y. Bai, D. Thompson, and K. Broersma. 2013. Thinning of a Ponderosa Pine / Douglas-Fir Forest in South Central B.C.: Impacts on Understorey Vegetation. BC Journal of Ecosystems and Management, 14(1): 1-15.  http://www.jem-online.org/forrex/index.php/jem/article/view/187/486 

H. Zhu, D. Wang, L. Wang, Y. Bai, J. Fang, and J. Liu. 2012. The effects of large herbivore grazing on meadow steppe plant and insect diversity. Journal of Applied Ecology, 49: 1075-1083.


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