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Snowdon, Rod

Head of Department        


Curriculum vitae


  • W3 Professor and Chair of Plant Breeding,
    Justus Liebig University, Giessen

  • Honorary Professorships at The University of Queensland, Australia, Southwest University, Chongqing, China and Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha, China
  • Managing Editor, Theoretical and Applied Genetics
  • Subject editor, Plant Breeding, Molecular Breeding
  • Member of DFG Review Board for Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine
  • Scientific Advisory Board member, German Society for the Promotion of Plant Innovation (GFPi)
  • 2013-2015: Chair, Multinational Brassica Genome Project (MBGP)
  • 08.-10.2011: OECD fellowship, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2011-2013: Senior lecturer (A14), Plant Breeding, JLU Giessen
  • 2009: Habilitation in Plant Breeding, JLU Giessen
  • 2006-2011: Lecturer (A13), Plant Breeding, JLU Giessen
  • 2002-2006: Scientist (C1), Plant Breeding, JLU Giessen
  • 2001-2002: Postdoc, Department of Plant Breeding, JLU Giessen: Molecular breeding and genome analysis in oilseed rape
  • 1998-2001: Postdoc, Department of Biometry and Population Genetics, JLU Giessen: Molecular cytogenetics applications for rapeseed and sunflower breeding
  • 1994-1997: PhD, Department of Biometry and Population Genetics, JLU Giessen: Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) techniques for Brassica
  • 1992-1993: Research Assistant, School of Biological Sciences, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1986-1991: BSc in Biology, MSc in Plant Genetics, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

Research overview


  • Breeding/genomics of oilseed rape, sorghum, wheat, barley and faba bean
  • Genetic and genomic dissection of complex traits
  • Trait prediction from multi-dimensional "omics" data
  • Structural genome variation and its influence on quantitative traits and crop evolution


Selected recent publications


  • Makhoul M, Chawla HS, Wittkop B, Stahl A, Voss-Fels, KP, Zetzsche H, Snowdon RJ, Obermeier C (2022) Long-amplicon single-molecule sequencing reveals novel, trait-associated variants of VERNALIZATION1 homoeologues in hexaploid wheat. Front Plant Sci,
  • Nelson MN, Nesi N, Barrero JM, Fletcher AL, Greaves IK, Hughes T, Laperche A, Snowdon R, Rebetzke JR, Kirkegaard JA (2022) Strategies to improve field establishment of canola: a review. Advances in Agronomy,
  • Rambla C, Van Der Meer S, Voss-Fels KP, Makhoul M, Obermeier C, Snowdon R, Ober ES, Watt M, Alahmad S, Hickey LT (2022) A toolkit to rapidly modify root systems through single plant selection. Plant Methods 18:2,
  • Kang L, Qian L, Zheng M, Chen L, Chen H, Yang L, You L, Yang B, Yan M, Gu Y, Wang T, Schiessl SV, An H, Blischak P, Liu X, Lu H, Zhang D, Rao Y, Jia D, Zhou D, Xiao H, Wang Y, Xiong X, Mason AS, Pires JC, Snowdon RJ, Hua W, Liu Z (2021) Genomic insights into the origin, domestication and diversification of Brassica juncea. Nature Genet 53: 1392-1402,
  • He Z, Ji R, Havlickova L, Wang L, Li Y, Lee HT, Song J, Koh C, Yang J, Zhang M, Parkin IAP, Wang X, Edwards D, King GJ, Zou J, Liu K, Snowdon RJ, Banga SS, Machackova M, Bancroft I (2021) Genome structural evolution in Brassica crops. Nature Plants,





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