Dr Kai Voss-Fels

Senior Research Fellow

Centre for Animal Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
+61 7 334 62288


Research Interests

  • Quantitative Genetics
  • Plant breeding
  • Animal breeding
  • Agricultural Science


  • Doctor of Agriculture, Justus Liebig University Giessen Germany


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Voss-Fels, Kai P., Herzog, Eva, Dreisigacker, Susanne, Sukumaran, Sivakumar, Watson, Amy, Frisch, Matthias, Hayes, Ben and Hickey, Lee T. (2019). “SpeedGS” to accelerate genetic gain in spring wheat. Applications of genetic and genomic research in cereals. (pp. 303-327) edited by Thomas Miedaner and Viktor Korzun. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-08-102163-7.00014-4

Journal Article

  • Yao, Min, Guan, Mei, Zhang, Zhenqian, Zhang, Qiuping, Cui, Yixin, Chen, Hao, Liu, Wei, Jan, Habib U., Voss-Fels, Kai P., Werner, Christian R., He, Xin, Liu, Zhongsong, Guan, Chunyun, Snowdon, Rod J., Hua, Wei and Qian, Lunwen (2020). GWAS and co-expression network combination uncovers multigenes with close linkage effects on the oleic acid content accumulation in Brassica napus. BMC Genomics, 21 (1) 320, 320. doi: 10.1186/s12864-020-6711-0

  • Yadav, Seema, Jackson, Phillip, Wei, Xianming, Ross, Elizabeth M., Aitken, Karen, Deomano, Emily, Atkin, Felicity, Hayes, Ben J. and Voss-Fels, Kai P. (2020). Accelerating genetic gain in sugarcane breeding using genomic selection. Agronomy, 10 (4) 585, 585. doi: 10.3390/agronomy10040585

  • Makhoul, M., Rambla, C., Voss-Fels, K. P., Hickey, L. T., Snowdon, R. J. and Obermeier, C. (2020). Overcoming polyploidy pitfalls: a user guide for effective SNP conversion into KASP markers in wheat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics doi: 10.1007/s00122-020-03608-x

  • Wurtzel, Eleanore T., Vickers, Claudia E., Hanson, Andrew D., Millar, A. Harvey, Cooper, Mark, Voss-Fels, Kai P., Nikel, Pablo I. and Erb, Tobias J. (2019). Revolutionizing agriculture with synthetic biology. Nature Plants, 5 (12), 1207-1210. doi: 10.1038/s41477-019-0539-0

  • Voss-Fels, Kai P., Keeble-Gagnère, Gabriel, Hickey, Lee T., Tibbits, Josquin, Nagornyy, Sergej, Hayden, Matthew J., Pasam, Raj K., Kant, Surya, Friedt, Wolfgang, Snowdon, Rod J., Appels, Rudi and Wittkop, Benjamin (2019). High-resolution mapping of rachis nodes per rachis, a critical determinant of grain yield components in wheat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 132 (9), 2707-2719. doi: 10.1007/s00122-019-03383-4

  • Voss-Fels, Kai P., Stahl, Andreas, Wittkop, Benjamin, Lichthardt, Carolin, Nagler, Sabrina, Rose, Till, Chen, Tsu-Wei, Zetzsche, Holger, Seddig, Sylvia, Majid Baig, Mirza, Ballvora, Agim, Frisch, Matthias, Ross, Elizabeth, Hayes, Ben J., Hayden, Matthew J., Ordon, Frank, Leon, Jens, Kage, Henning, Friedt, Wolfgang, Stützel, Hartmut and Snowdon, Rod J. (2019). Breeding improves wheat productivity under contrasting agrochemical input levels. Nature Plants, 5 (7), 706-714. doi: 10.1038/s41477-019-0445-5

  • Alahmad, Samir, El Hassouni, Khaoula, Bassi, Filippo M., Dinglasan, Eric, Youssef, Chvan, Quarry, Georgia, Aksoy, Alpaslan, Mazzucotelli, Elisabetta, Juhasz, Angela, Able, Jason A., Christopher, Jack, Voss-Fels, Kai P. and Hickey, Lee T. (2019). A major root architecture QTL responding to water limitation in Durum Wheat. Frontiers in Plant Science, 10 436, 436. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.00436

  • Voss-Fels, Kai P., Stahl, Andreas and Hickey, Lee T. (2019). Q&A: modern crop breeding for future food security. BMC Biology, 17 (1) 18, 18. doi: 10.1186/s12915-019-0638-4

  • Snowdon, Rod J., Stahl, Andreas, Wittkop, Benjamin, Friedt, Wolfgang, Voss-Fels, Kai, Ordon, Frank, Frisch, Matthias, Dreisigacker, Susanne, Hearne, Sarah J., Bett, Kirstin E., Cuthbert, Richard D., Bentley, Alison R., Melchinger, Albrecht E., Tuberosa, Roberto, Langridge, Peter, Uauy, Cristobal, Sorrells, Mark E., Poland, Jesse and Pozniak, Curtis J. (2019). Reduced response diversity does not negatively impact wheat climate resilience. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 166 (22), 10623-10624. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1901882116

  • Voss-Fels, Kai Peter, Cooper, Mark and Hayes, Ben John (2018). Accelerating crop genetic gains with genomic selection. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 132 (3), 669-686. doi: 10.1007/s00122-018-3270-8

  • Dinglasan, Eric G., Singh, Dharmendra, Shankar, Manisha, Afanasenko, Olga, Platz, Greg, Godwin, Ian D., Voss-Fels, Kai P. and Hickey, Lee T. (2018). Discovering new alleles for yellow spot resistance in the Vavilov wheat collection. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 132 (1), 149-162. doi: 10.1007/s00122-018-3204-5

  • Voss-Fels, Kai P., Qian, Lunwen, Gabur, Iulian, Obermeier, Christian, Hickey, Lee T., Werner, Christian R., Kontowski, Stefan, Frisch, Matthias, Friedt, Wolfgang, Snowdon, Rod J. and Gottwald, Sven (2018). Genetic insights into underground responses to Fusarium graminearum infection in wheat. Scientific Reports, 8 (1) 13153, 13153. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-31544-w

  • Voss-Fels, Kai P., Snowdon, Rod J. and Hickey, Lee T. (2018). Designer roots for future crops. Trends in Plant Science, 23 (1717), 957-960. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2018.08.004

  • Alahmad, Samir, Dinglasan, Eric, Leung, Kung Ming, Riaz, Adnan, Derbal, Nora, Voss-Fels, Kai P., Able, Jason A., Bassi, Filippo M., Christopher, Jack and Hickey, Lee T. (2018). Speed breeding for multiple quantitative traits in durum wheat. Plant Methods, 14 (1) 36, 36. doi: 10.1186/s13007-018-0302-y

  • Werner, Christian R., Voss-Fels, Kai P., Miller, Charlotte N., Qian, Wei, Hua, Wei, Guan, Chun-Yun, Snowdon, Rod J. and Qian, Lunwen (2018). Effective genomic selection in a narrow-genepool crop with low-density markers: Asian rapeseed as an example. The Plant Genome, 11 (2) 170084, 170084. doi: 10.3835/plantgenome2017.09.0084

  • Werner, Christian R., Qian, Lunwen, Voss-Fels, Kai P., Abbadi, Amine, Leckband, Gunhild, Frisch, Matthias and Snowdon, Rod J. (2018). Genome-wide regression models considering general and specific combining ability predict hybrid performance in oilseed rape with similar accuracy regardless of trait architecture. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 131 (2), 299-317. doi: 10.1007/s00122-017-3002-5

  • Voss-Fels, Kai P., Robinson, Hannah, Mudge, Stephen R., Richard, Cecile, Newman, Saul, Wittkop, Benjamin, Stahl, Andreas, Friedt, Wolfgang, Frisch, Matthias, Gabur, Iulian, Miller-Cooper, Anika, Campbell, Bradley C., Kelly, Alison, Fox, Glen, Christopher, Jack, Christopher, Mandy, Chenu, Karine, Franckowiak, Jerome, Mace, Emma S., Borrell, Andrew K., Eagles, Howard, Jordan, David R., Botella, Jose R., Hammer, Graeme, Godwin, Ian D., Trevaskis, Ben, Snowdon, Rod J. and Hickey, Lee T. (2017). VERNALIZATION1 modulates root system architecture in wheat and barley. Molecular Plant, 11 (1), 226-229. doi: 10.1016/j.molp.2017.10.005

  • Riaz, Adnan, Athiyannan, Naveenkumar, Periyannan, Sambasivam K., Afanasenko, Olga, Mitrofanova, Olga P., Platz, Gregory J., Aitken, Elizabeth A. B., Snowdon, Rod J., Lagudah, Evans S., Hickey, Lee T. and Voss-Fels, Kai P. (2017). Unlocking new alleles for leaf rust resistance in the Vavilov wheat collection. TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 131 (1), 127-144. doi: 10.1007/s00122-017-2990-5

  • Qian, Lunwen, Hickey, Lee T., Stahl, Andreas, Werner, Christian R., Hayes, Ben, Snowdon, Rod J. and Voss-Fels, Kai P. (2017). Exploring and Harnessing Haplotype Diversity to Improve Yield Stability in Crops. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8 1534, 1534. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01534

  • Bernhard, Timm, Friedt, Wolfgang, Voss-Fels, Kai P., Frisch, Matthias, Snowdon, Rod J. and Wittkop, Benjamin (2017). Heterosis for biomass and grain yield facilitates breeding of productive dual-purpose winter barley hybrids. Crop Science, 57 (5), 2405-2418. doi: 10.2135/cropsci2016.10.0872

  • Voss-Fels, Kai P., Qian, Lunwen, Parra-Londono, Sebastian, Uptmoor, Ralf, Frisch, Matthias, Keeble-Gagnere, Gabriel, Appels, Rudi and Snowdon, Rod J. (2017). Linkage drag constrains the roots of modern wheat. Plant Cell and Environment, 40 (5), 717-725. doi: 10.1111/pce.12888

  • Qian, Lunwen, Voss-Fels, Kai, Cui, Yixin, Jan, Habib U., Samans, Birgit, Obermeier, Christian, Qian, Wei and Snowdon, Rod J. (2016). Deletion of a stay-green gene associates with adaptive selection in Brassica napus. Molecular Plant, 9 (12), 1559-1569. doi: 10.1016/j.molp.2016.10.017

  • Voss-Fels, Kai and Snowdon, Rod J. (2016). Understanding and utilizing crop genome diversity via high-resolution genotyping. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 14 (4), 1086-1094. doi: 10.1111/pbi.12456

  • Voss-Fels, Kai, Frisch, Matthias, Qian, Lunwen, Kontowski, Stefan, Friedt, Wolfgang, Gottwald, Sven and Snowdon, Rod J. (2015). Subgenomic diversity patterns caused by directional selection in bread wheat gene pools. Plant Genome, 8 (2), plantgenome2015.03.0013. doi: 10.3835/plantgenome2015.03.0013

Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision