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Department of Plant Breeding



Research interests in the JLU Giessen Department of Plant Breeding cover various aspects of quantitative and molecular genetics, genomics and breeding of oilseed rape, sorghum, faba bean, wheat and barley. Currently the department comprises three senior scientists, three additional postdocs and 12 PhD students, assisted by numerous technicians, MSc and BSc students. Most of our projects are funded by grants from DFG, The Humboldt Foundation, BMBF, BMEL/FNR, EU and GFPi along with additional private-public partnerships and scholarships.

Since April 2023 our department is leading IRTG 2843 "Accelerating Crop Genetic Gain", an International Research Training Group with the University of Queensland, Australia. Our main research focus is on implementation and development of genomic, phenomic and biotechnological innovations to improve response to selection in major crop plants. 



Professor of Plant Breeding

Prof. Dr. Rod Snowdon



Department of Plant Breeding, Justus Liebig University

IFZ Research Centre for Biosystems, Land Use and Nutrition

Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32, 35392 Giessen, Germany

Tel.: +49 (0) 641 / 99 37421

Fax: +49 (0) 641 / 99 37429

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Recent publication highlights

  • Sabir K, Rose T, Wittkop B, Stahl A, Snowdon RJ, Ballvora A, Friedt W, Kage H, Léon J, Ordon F, Stützel H, Zetzsche H, Chen T-W (2023) Stage-specific genotype-by-environment interactions determine yield components in wheat. Nature Plants,

  • Jayakodi M*, Golicz AA*, Kreplak J*, Fechete L, Angra D, Bednář P, Bornhofen E, Zhang H, Boussageon R, Kaur S, Cheung K, Čížková J, Gundlach H, Hallab A, Imbert B, Keeble-Gagnere G, Koblížková A, Kobrlová L, Krejčí P, Mouritzen T, Neumann P, Nadzieja M, Nielsen L, Novak P, Orabi J, Padmarasu S, Robertson-Shersby-Harvie S, Robledillo L, Schiemann A, Tanskanen J, Törönen P, Warsame A, Wittenberg A, Himmelbach A, Aubert G,-Emmanuel Courty P, Doležel J, Holm L, Janss L, Khazaei H, Macas J, Mascher M, Smýkal P, Snowdon R, Stein N, Stoddard F, Stougaard J, Tayeh N, Torres A, Usadel B, Schubert I, O'Sullivan D, Schulman A, Andersen S (2023) The giant diploid faba genome unlocks variation in a global protein crop. Nature 615: 652-659,

  • Tan X, Peng Y, Xiong F, Zhang Y, Ye J, Guo N, Tu Z, Zong Z, Wu X, Ye J, Xia C, Zhu T, Liu Y, Liu D, Lu S, Yao X, Liu K, Snowdon RJ, Golicz AA, Xie W, Guo L, Zhao H (2022) Comprehensive transcriptional variability analysis reveals gene networks regulating seed oil content of Brassica napus. Genome Biology 7: 233,