Prof John Snape

Emeritus Fellow
Crop Genetics

My research is the use of genetic and physiological tools to understand the genetic control of agriculturally important traits in wheat, to provide ‘plant breeders’ toolkits’ to help UK and Developing Country plant breeders and farmers to improve adaptability, sustainability and productivity of the World’s second most important crop. 

Currently, I work as a Consultant advising National and International Organizations on research directions and strategy. In particular, I serve as Chair of the Program Committee of the International Centre for Wheat and Maize Improvement (CIMMYT) providing guidance on CIMMYT’s scientific strategy and governance.

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Recent Publications

Brinton J., Simmonds J., Minter F., Leverington-Waite M., Snape J., Uauy C. (2017)

Increased pericarp cell length underlies a major quantitative trait locus for grain weight in hexaploid wheat.

New Phytologist online ponline

Publisher’s version: 10.1111/nph.14624

Horn R., Wingen L. U., Snape J. W., Dolan L. (2016)

Mapping of quantitative trait loci for root hair length in wheat identifies loci that co-locate with loci for yield components.

Journal of Experimental Botany 67 p4535-43

Publisher’s version: 10.1093/jxb/erw228

Griffiths S., Wingen L., Pietragalla J., Garcia G., Hasan A., Miralles D., Calderini D. F., Ankleshwaria J. B., Leverington-Waite M., Simmonds J., Snape J., Reynolds M. (2015)

Genetic Dissection of Grain Size and Grain Number Trade-Offs in CIMMYT Wheat Germplasm.

PLoS One 10 pe0118847

Publisher’s version: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118847

Simmonds J., Scott P., Leverington M., Turner A., Brinton J., Korzun V., Snape J., Uauy C. (2014)

Identification and independent validation of a stable yield and thousand grain weight QTL on chromosome 6A of hexaploid wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)

BMC Plant Biology 14 p191

Publisher’s version: 10.1186/s12870-014-0191-9

He J., LeGouis J., Stratonovitch P., Allard V., Gaju O., Heumez E., Orford S., Griffiths S., Snape J., Foulkes J., Semenov M., Martre P. (2012)

Simulation of environmental and genotypic variations of final leaf number and anthesis date for wheat

European Journal of Agronomy 42 p22-33

Publisher’s version: 10.1016/j.eja.2011.11.002

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Expertise: Genetics, wheat, biotechnology

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