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Mattias Jonsson

Mattias Jonsson
My research primarily focuses on the links between biodiversity and ecosystem functions, how biodiversity can be conserved and how to manage multifunctional agricultural landscapes. I am especially interested in how natural enemies contributes to reduced pest problems, and how to improve the conditions for natural enemies (conservation biological control). I study how land use and targeted conservation biological control measures at field and landscape scale affects natural enemies, and how diversity and food-web interactions are likely to influence biological control now and in the future. I currently primarily conduct research in Sweden and East Africa. I combine empirical studies with research synthesis, and also contribute to modelling work. I have a part-time assignment at Centre for Biological Control (CBC) at SLU. My teaching primarily comprises basic ecology and plant protection against pests in agriculture.

Selected publications

Feit, B., Blüthgen, N., Daouti, E., Traub, C., Traugott, M & Jonsson, M. 2021. Landscape complexity promotes resilience of biological control to climate change. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 288: 20216547.

Njue, M., Muturi, P., Nyaga, J. & Jonsson, M. 2021. Influence of drought on interactions between Rhopalosiphum padi and ground dwelling predators - a mesocosm study. Journal of Applied Entomology, early view.

Stenberg, J.A., Viketoft, M., Becher, P., Björkman, C., Dubey,  M., Egan, P.A., Friberg, H., Gil, J.F., Jensen, D.F., Jonsson, M., Karlsson, M., Khalil, S., Ninkovic, V., Rehermann, G., Vetukuri, R. & Sundh, I. 2021. When is it biological control? Journal of Pest Science,

Lundin, O., Rundlöf, M., Jonsson, M., Bommarco, R. & Williams, N.M. 2021. Integrated pest and pollinator management - widening the concept. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, early view,

Emery, S.E., Jonsson, M., Silva, H., Ribeiro, A. & Mills, N.J. 2021. High agricultural intensity at the landscape scale benefits pests, but low intensity practices at the local scale can mitigate these effects. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment, 206: 107199

Albrecht, M., Kleijn, D., Williams, N., Tschumi, M., Blaauw, B., Bommarco, R., Campbell, A., Dainese, M., Drummond, F., Entling, M., Ganser, D., De Groot, A., Goulson, D., Grab, H., Hamilton, H., Herzog, F., Isaacs, R., Jacot, K., Jeanneret, P., Jonsson, M. et al. 2020. Global synthesis of the effectiveness of flower strips and hedgerows on pest control, pollination services and crop yield. Ecology Letters, early view.

Kuyah, S., Whitney, C.W., Jonsson, M., Sileshi, G.W., Öborn, I., Muthuri, C.W., Ludeling, E. 2019. Agroforestry delivers a win-win solution for ecosystem services in Sub-Saharan Africa. Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 39: 47.

Dainese, M., Martin, E.A., Aizen, M., Albrecht, M., Bartomeus, I., Bommarco, R., Carvalheiro, L.G., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Gagic, V., Garibaldi, L.A., Ghazoul, J., Grab, H., Jonsson, M., et al. 2019. A global synthesis reveals biodiversity-mediated benefits for crop production. Science Advances, Vol. 5, no. 10, eaax0121. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aax0121.

Feit, B., Blüthgen, N., Traugott, M & Jonsson, M. 2019. Resilience of ecosystem processes: a new approach shows that functional redundancy of biological control services is reduced by agricultural intensification. Ecology Letters 22: 1568-1577.

Martin, E.A., Feit, B., Requier,F., Friberg. H., Jonsson, M. 2019. Assessing the resilience of biodiversity-driven functions in agroecosystems under environmental change, Chapter 3, pp 59-124. In: David A. Bohan and Alex J. Dumbrell (Eds.) Advances in Ecological Research, Vol 60, Resilience in Complex Socio-ecological Systems, Academic Press, London, UK.46.

Curtsdotter, A., Banks, H.T., Banks, J., Jonsson, M., Jonsson, T., Laubmeier, A.N., Traugott, M. & Bommarco, R. 2019. Ecosystem functioning in predator-prey food webs - confronting dynamic models with empirical data. Journal of Animal Ecology, 88: 196-210.

Karp et al. 2018. Crop pests and predators exhibit inconsistent responses to surrounding landscape composition. PNAS, 115 (33) E7863-E7870.

Roubinet, E., Jonsson, T., Malsher, G., Staudacher, K., Traugott, M., Ekbom, B. & Jonsson, M. 2018. High redundancy as well as complementary prey choice characterize generalist Predator food webs in agroecosystems. Scientific Reports, 8:8054 DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-26191-0.

Jonsson, T., Kaartinen, R., Jonsson, M. & Bommarco, R. 2018. Predictive power of food web models based on body size decreases with trophic complexity. Ecology Letters, 21, 702-712.

Staudacher, K., Rennstam Rubbmark, O., Birkhofer, K., Malsher, G., Sint, D., Jonsson, M., Traugott, M. 2018. Habitat heterogeneity induces rapid changes in the feeding behaviour of generalist arthropod predators Functional Ecology, 32: 809-819.

Roubinet, E., Birkhofer, K., Malsher, G., Staudacher, K., Ekbom, B., Traugott, M. & Jonsson, M. 2017. Diet of generalist predators reflects effects of cropping period and farming system on extra- and intraguild prey. Ecological Applications, 27, 1167-1177.

Birkhofer, K., Bylund, H., Dalin, P., Ferlian, O., Gagic, V., Hambäck, P.A., Klapwijk, M., Mestre, L., Roubinet, E., Schroeder, M., Stenberg, J.A., Porcel, M., Björkman, C. & Jonsson, M. 2017 Methods to identify the prey of invertebrate predators in terrestrial field studies. Ecology and Evolution, 00, 1-12.

Jonsson, M., Kaartinen, R. & Straub C.S. 2017. Relationships between natural enemy diversity and biological control. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 20, 1 – 6.

Tscharntke, T., Karp, D.S., Chaplin-Kramer, B., Batary, P., DeClerck, F., Gratton, C., Hunt, L.,Ives, A., Jonsson, M., Larsen, A., Martin, E.A., Martinez-Salinas, A., Meehan, T.D., O’Rourke, M., Poveda, K., Rosenheim, J.A., Rusch, A., Shellhorn, N., Wanger, T.C., Wratten, S. & Zhang, W. 2016. When natural habitat fails to enhance biological pest control – Five hypotheses. Biological Conservation, 20, part B, 449-458.

Staudacher, K., Jonsson, M. & Traugott, M. 2016. Easy to use molecular assays to unravel food web interactions in cereal crops with focus on biological control of aphids. Journal of Pest Science, 89, 281-293.

Pumariño, L. Weldesemayat, S.G., Gripenberg, S., Kaartinen, R., Barrios, E., Muchane, M.N., Midega, C. & Jonsson, M. 2015. Effects of agroforestry on pest, disease and weed control: a meta-analysis. Basic and Applied Ecology, 16, 573-582.

Jonsson, M., Straub, C.S., Didham, R.K., Buckley, H.L., Case, B.S., Hale, R.J., Gratton, C. & Wratten, S.D. 2015. Experimental evidence that the effectiveness of conservation biological control depends on landscape complexity. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52, 1274 – 1282.

Midega, C.A., Jonsson, M., Ekbom, B. & Khan, Z. 2014. Effects of landscape complexity and habitat management on stemborer colonization, parasitism and damage to maize. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 188, 289-293.

Jonsson, M., Bommarco, R., Ekbom, B., Smith, H.G., Bengtsson, J., Caballero-Lopez, B., Winqvist, C. & Olsson, O. 2014. Ecological production functions for biological control services in agricultural landscapes. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 5, 243-252.

Rusch, A., Bommarco, R., Jonsson, M., Smith, H.G. & Ekbom, B. 2013. Flow and stability of natural pest control services depend on landscape complexity and crop rotation in the landscape. Journal of Applied Ecology, 50, 345-354.

Orre Gordon, S., Wratten, S.D., Jonsson, M., Simpson, M. & Hale, R. 2013. ’Attract and Reward’: Combining a herbivore-induced plant volatile with floral resource supplementation – multi-trophic level effects. Biological Control, 64, 106-115.

Jonsson, M., Buckley, H.L., Case, B., Hale, R.J., Wratten, S.D. & Didham, R.K. 2012. Agricultural intensification drives landscape-context effects on host-parasitoid interactions in agroecosystems. Journal of Applied Ecology, 49, 706-714.



Centre for biological control:



Senior Lecturer at the Department of Ecology; NJ, Agricultural Entomology Unit
Telephone: +4618672450
Postal address:
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750 07 UPPSALA
Visiting address: Ulls väg 16, Uppsala