About the Author
Yunbi Xu received his PhD. in genetics and plant breeding (1993, Zhejiang Agricultural University) and B.S. in agronomy (1982, Huazhong Agricultural College). He is now a molecular maize breeder and head of Applied Biotechnology Center, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). Before that, he worked as an assistant/associate professor and deputy director of Department of Agronomy, Zhejiang Agricultural University; postdoctoral and research associate at Cornell University; and plant molecular biologist and molecular rice breeder at RiceTec, Inc., Texas. Dr. Xu has published 30 articles in peer-reviewed international journals, 11 book chapters/proceedings, and 32 poster presentations. He delivered 21 talks at international conferences/symposia/workshops. He serves as an editor for three international journals (Theoretical and Applied Genetics, Molecular Breeding, and International Journal of Plant Genomics). During past 15 years, Dr. Xu has focused his research in genetic mapping, marker development, marker-assisted selection, and development of molecular breeding platforms.