Ben Ovenden, Rice breeder

Research interests

  • Conventional plant breeding and quantitative genetics
  • Marker assisted selection
  • Genome wide association mapping
  • Genomic selection and extension of research to growers


Ben Ovenden is a rice breeder for the Australian Rice Partnership, based at the Yanco Agricultural Institute in Southern NSW. The Australian Rice Partnership aims to release varieties with greater water use efficiency and seeks to achieve this through conventional selection for reproductive cold stress tolerance and shorter growth duration.

Ben has previously been employed as a Research Officer working on an Irrigated Winter Cereals Project with NSW DPI evaluating elite bread wheat, Durum wheat, barley and triticale breeding material for performance under high-input conditions.

Ben began his PhD program in 2009 studying the physiology and genetic architecture of carbohydrate accumulation in wheat.


  • Bachelor of Science and Bachelor Applied Science (Hons), Charles Sturt University, 2005
  • PhD (in progress), Improving drought avoidance in Australian wheat, Charles Sturt University

Current projects

  • Australian Rice Partnership
  • Improving Fragrant Rice Germplasm

Recent publications

Glyde, S, Gray, I, Ovenden, B & Dunn, A 2014, Extension in the rice industry, A review of the development, delivery and prioritisation of extension in the Australian rice industry, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation: https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/13-072, viewed 30 Dec 2014.

Sissons, M, Ovenden, B, Adorada, D & Milgate, A 2014 ‘Durum wheat quality in high-input irrigation systems in south-eastern Australia’, Crop and Pasture Science, vol. 65, pp. 411–422.

Contact details

Email: ben.ovenden@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Location: Yanco Agricultural Institute