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Snowdon, Rod


 Professor for Plant Breeding, Head of Department

Curriculum vitae

  • W3 Professor and Chair of Plant Breeding, JLU Giessen (since April 2013)
  • Honorary Doctorate (Dr. h.c.), Iasi University of Life Science, Romania
  • Honorary Professorships at The University of Queensland, Australia, Southwest University, Chongqing, China and Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha, China
  • Speaker, IRTG 2843 "Accelerating Crop Genetic Gain" with The University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2011-2013: Senior lecturer (A14), Plant Breeding, JLU Giessen
  • 08.-10.2011: OECD fellowship, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • 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
  • 1994-1997: PhD, Department of Biometry and Population Genetics, JLU Giessen
  • 1993: Six-month German language intensive course, Goethe Institute Göttingen
  • 1992-1993: Research Assistant, School of Biological Sciences, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1991: MSc (Hons) in Plant Genetics, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1989: BSc in Biology, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Editor in Chief, 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, Julius Kühn Institute (German Federal Institute for Crop Plant Research)
  • Scientific Advisory Board member, German Society for the Promotion of Plant Innovation (GFPi)
  • 2013-2015: Chair, Multinational Brassica Genome Project (MBGP)

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

  • 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,
  • Mufumbo R, Chakrabarty S, Nyine M, Windpassinger SM, Mulumba JW, Baguma Y, Odong LT, Frisch M, Snowdon RJ (2022) Genomics‐based assembly of a sorghum bicolor (L.) moench core collection in the Uganda national genebank as a genetic resource for sustainable sorghum breeding. Genet Resour Crop Evol,
  • 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, 
  • For a full, up-to-date list of publications please visit my personal profiles at Google Scholar or Research Gate


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