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Mattias Jonsson

Mattias Jonsson
I primarily work with research, teaching and communication/extension in plant protection in agricultural systems, but am also involved in research on multiple ecosystem services and 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 (often metaanalyses), and also contribute to modelling work. I have a part-time assignment at Centre for Biological Control (CBC) at SLU, where I'm responsible for research, teaching and communication/extension about biological control using insects and arachnids. I'm part of a research team that is working with conservation biology and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes.

Selected publications

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.

Kuyah, S., Öborn, I., Jonsson, M., Dahlin, A.S., Barrios, E., Muthuri, C., Malmer, A., Nyaga, J., Magaju, C., Namirembe, S., Nyberg, Y., Sinclair, F.L. 2016. Trees in agricultural landscapes enhance provision of ecosystem services in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services and Management, 12(4), 255-273.

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.

Roubinet, E., Straub, C., Jonsson, T., Staudacher, K., Traugott, M., Ekbom, B. & Jonsson, M. 2015. Additive effects of predator diversity on pest control caused by few interactions among predator species. Ecological Entomology, 40, 362-371.

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.

Sutherland, W.J., Gardiner, T., Bogich, T.L., Bradbury, R.B., Clothier, B., Jonsson, M., Kapos, V., Lane, S.N., Moller, I., Schroeder, M., Spalding, M., Spencer, T. White, P.C.L. & Dicks, L.V. 2014. Solution scanning as a key policy tool: identifying management interventions to help maintain and enhance regulating ecosystem services. Ecology and Society, 19(2): 3.

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.

Jonsson, M., Wratten, S.D., Landis, D.A., Tompkins, J.-M.L. & Cullen, R. 2010. Habitat manipulation to mitigate the impacts of invasive arthropod pests. Biological Invasions, 12, 2933-2945.

Jonsson, M., Wratten, S.D., Landis, D.A. & Gurr, G.M. 2008. Recent advances in conservation biological control of arthropods by arthropods. Biological Control, 45, 172-175.



Centre for biological control:


Researcher at the Department of Ecology; NJ, Agricultural Entomology Unit
Telephone: +4618672450
Postal address:
Inst för Ekologi, Box 7044
750 07 UPPSALA
Visiting address: Ulls väg 16, Uppsala