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Elisabeth Jonas

Elisabeth Jonas
Researcher, Associate Professor Quantitative Genetics


My main research interest is the analysis of complex traits using molecular and quantitative genetics tools. The main focus of my work had been on livestock species such as pigs and sheep, however I am also working on the possibilities of novel breeding tools in crop breeding.

My main projects are at the moment rather diverse. I am working on genomic selection in oats, the simulation of an integration of genome edited animals in breeding programs, the development of a selection index for sheep breeding and the improvement of leg health in sows.


I am teaching in different modules related to genetics and breeding (BSc, MSc, PhD).

”Animalieproduktion – Idisslare” (Breeding, sheep); “Genome analysis course” (QTL analysis I &II, GWAS); “Bioinformatics” (GWAS and Genomic Selection); R-course


My current work is to the greater part focused on the Mistra Biotech project. The aim of my assignment is the development of tools for the implementation of Genomic Selection into Crop breeding (CP2). I am furthermore collaborating with other researchers on a project on the use of genome modified farm animals.

Other projects focus on complex traits in pigs (maternal behaviour, leg health) and have been financed by Formas Welfare grants. Parts of the research on leg health in sows is also funded by the Carl-Tryggers Stiftelsen.

I am supervising students on projects related to diversity in Creole cattle in Bolivia and parasite resistance in goats.


I have studied Agricultural Sciences at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn (Germany). I then continued my research on the genetic background of the inherited inverted teat defect in pigs at the Institute of Animal Sciences. After one year of postdoctoral studies at the same Institute, I joined the ReproGen-Bioscience group at the University of Sydney, where I stayed until 2012. I started my current position at SLU in March 2012. Since 2016 I am docent in quantiative genetics.



Selected publications

Jonas E, Fikse F, Rönnegård L, Flavia Mouresan E (2018): Genomic selection. In: Population Genomics. Springer, Cham. DOI

Eriksson S, Jonas E, Rydhmer L, Röcklinsberg H (2018): Invited Review: Breeding and ethical perspectives on genetically modified cattle. J. Dairy Science 101(1): 1-17

Jonas E, Rydhmer L (2018): Effect of candidate genes for maternal behavior on piglet survival and growth. Livestock Science 207C: 83-90 DOI:

Neuditschko M, Raadsma HW, Khatkar MS, Jonas E, Steinig EJ, Flury C, Signer-Hasler H, Frischknecht M, von Niederhäusern R, Leeb T, Rieder S (2017): Identification of key contributors in complex population structures. Plos One 12(5): e0177638.

Chalkias H, Jonas E, Andersson LS, Jacobson M, de Koning D-J, Lundeheim N, Lindgren G (2017): Identification of novel candidate genes for the inverted teat defect in sows using a genome-wide marker panel. Journal of Applied Genetics. 58: 249. doi:10.1007/s13353-016-0382-1

Jonas E, de Koning D-J (2017): Goals and hurdles for a successful implementation of genomic selection in breeding programme for selected annual and perennial crops, Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews, 32:1-2, 18-42, DOI: 10.1080/02648725.2016.1177377

Jonas E, Li L, Celi P, Soattin M, Martin GB, Thomson P, Raadsma HW (2016): Association of leptin and leptin receptor genes with energy balance, lactation efficiency and leptin serum levels in sheep. Small Ruminant Research 136: 78-86

Bjornberg Edvardsson K, Jonas E, Marstorp H, Tidaker P (2015): The Role of Biotechnology in Sustainable Agriculture: Views and Perceptions among Key Actors in the Swedish Food Supply Chain. Sustainability 7(6): 7512-7529  

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