Scientific advisory committee
Rod Snowdon, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany
Rod Snowdon is Professor of Plant Breeding at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, where he moved in 1993 after studying plant biology and genetics at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. After completing his PhD on Brassica molecular cytogenetics in 1997 he remained in Germany and established a research program on genomics-based crop breeding. Today he heads the plant breeding department, leading a large research group working on genome analysis, quantitative trait dissection, pre-breeding and breeding of major crop plants, particularly oilseed rape, sorghum, wheat and barley. Besides classical quantitative genetics and molecular breeding, the group implements high-throughput genomics and next-generation sequencing technologies for analysis and dissection of genome structural diversity, investigation of complex trait regulation and prediction of trait performance. A particular focus is on genetic approaches to improve yield stability under abiotic stress constraints and reduced nitrogen input.