Dr Peter Snell has 13 years experience with the rice breeding program at the Yanco Agricultural Institute since his appointment in January 1998 and is responsible for the release of five commercial rice varieties.
He has implemented a wide range of new techniques including increasing the number of quantitative measures recorded throughout small-plot testing and increased accuracy in determining breeding value through the use of restricted maximum likelihood statistical methods to account for field-based spatial variation and lab-based temporal variation.
He has re-introduced backcrossing into the breeding program for germplasm enhancement and stress tolerance.
Peter is the lead researcher evaluating aerobic rice varieties for temperate and tropical production in Australia.
Ye C, Fukai, S, Godwin I, Koh H, Reinke R, Zhou Y, Lambrides C, Snell P & Jiang W (2010) A quantitative trait locus controlling low temperature induced spikelet sterility at booting stage in rice. Euphytica, 176, 291-301.
Stevens, MM, Snell, PJ 2010, ‘When crops and climate collide: biosecurity threats associated with stabilising rice production in Australia’, presentation at the Global Biosecurity 2010: Safeguarding Agriculture and the Environment Conference, Brisbane, 28 February–3 March, 2010.
Ye, C, Fukai, S, Godwin, I, Reinke, R, Snell, P, Schiller, J & Basnayake, J 2009, ‘Cold tolerance in rice varieties at different growth stages’, Crop & Pasture Science, vol. 60, pp. 328–338.
Changrong, Y, Fukai, S, Godwin, I, Reinke, R, Snell, P & Koh, H 2009, ‘Identifying genetic resources and QTL for cold tolerance in rice’, Proceeding 14th Australian Plant Breeding & 11th SABRAO Conference, 10–14 August 2009, Cairns, Australia.
Snell, P, Ye, C & Reinke, R 2009, ‘Cold tolerance–a key trait for improving water productivity of rice in south-eastern Australia’, 6th International Rice Genetics Symposium, Manila, Philippines, (IRRI).
Basnayake, J, Cooper, M, Ludlow, MM, Henzell, GL & Snell, PJ 1995, ‘Inheritance of osmotic adjustment to water stress in three grain sorghum crosses’, Theoretical and Applied Genetics, vol. 90, pp. 675–682.
Location: Yanco Agricultural Institute