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Jenny Hagenblad

Senior Associate Professor

My main scientific interest lies in analysing genetic data with evolutionary and population genetic methods to learn more about the evolutionary history of species.

As my study system I use crop plants. Not only are crop plants of utmost importance to human sustenance, they have also experienced very rapid evolution since the time of their domestication.

 bild på Jenny HagenbladIn my research I want to track the spread of crop plants from their origin of domestication, learn more about historical seed exchange, and understand how crop plants have adapted to the climate change they have been experienced as agriculture has spread the crops to novel environments.

Before coming to Linköping University I did my PhD at the Department of genetics at Lund University, followed by postdocs at Edinburgh University and Uppsala University. I have also held an Assistant Professorship at Uppsala University and an Associate Professorship at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. During this time I also worked with various research questions in Arabidopsis thaliana, Arabidopsis lyrata and the Scandinavian wolf population.


I teach subjects close to my research interests. I am the main teacher and examiner on the courses in Genetics and Evolution to Biology and Chemical Biology students, teacher students with a Biology profile and the students on the Biotechnology profile of the Industrial Economy programme. In addition, I give lectures in Population Genetics and Molecular Genetics in other courses.


Chevalier Barley.

Celebrated barley came from a single plant

The 200-year-old malting barley variety 'Chevalier' was for a long time world-leading in beer brewing and is thought to have originated from a single plant. Researchers have investigated this claim in a new study.

close-up barley on field.

Historical seeds reveal unique barley grown in the Storsjö district

Differences in long-distance trade can have significant effects on genetic diversity in agriculture. A study of 120-year-old seed samples from Jämtland shows that unique local varieties can develop when seed exchange instead takes place locally.

Biology in the sunshine

Students move outside to minimize the risk of spreading Corona.


Full list of publications available through ResearchGate and Google Scholar.

47. Larsson, MNA, MW Leino, J Hagenblad (2001) Genetic diversity in 19th century barley (Hordeum vulgare) reflects differing agricultural practices and seed trade in Jämtland, Sweden. Diversity 13 (7), 315.

46. Helsen, K,MDiekmann, GDecocq, K DePauw, SGovaert, BJGraae,J Hagenblad, JLiira, AOrczewska, PSanczuk, K VanMeerbeek, P DeFrenne.(2021)Biological flora of Central Europe:ImpatiensglanduliferaRoyle.Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics50,125609.

45. Hagenblad, J,J Morales. (2020) An Evolutionary Approach to the History of Barley (Hordeum vulgare) Cultivation in the Canary Islands.African Archaeological Review37: 579-595. 

44. PalméAE,J Hagenblad,SØSolberg, K Aloisi, AArtemyeva.(2020) SNP Markers and Evaluation of Duplicate Holdings ofBrassica oleraceain Two EuropeanGenebanks.Plants9.925. 

43. PlueJ, SAO Cousins, K DePauw, MDiekmann,J Hagenblad, KHelsen, MHermy, JLiira, AOrczewska, T Vanneste, M Wulf, P DeFrenne. (2020) Biological Flora of the British Isles:PoaNemoralis.Journal of Ecology 108: 1750-1774. 

42. Forsberg, N.E.G., M.W. Leino, J. Hagenblad. (2019) Population structure in landrace barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) during the late 19th century crop failures in Fennoscandia. Heredity. 123: 733-745.

41. Helsen, K., J. Hagenblad, K.P. Acharya, J. Brunet, S.A.O. Cousins, G. Decocq, P. De Frenne, A. Kimberley, A. Kolb, J. Michaelis, J. Plue, K. Verheyen, J.D.M. Speed, B.J. Graae. (2019) No genetic erosion after five generations for Impatiens glandulifera populations across the invaded range in Europe. BMC Genetics 20 (1): 20

40. Larsson, P., H.R. Oliveira, M. Lundström, J. Hagenblad, P. Lagerås, M.W. Leino. (2019) Population genetic structure in Fennoscandian landrace rye (Secale cereale L.) spanning 350 years. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. 66(5): 1059-1071.

39. Palme, A., H. Fitzgerald, J. Weibull, K. Bjureke, K. Eisto, D. Endresen, J. Hagenblad, E. Kiviharju, B. Lund, M. Rasmussen, H. Þorbjörnsson, M. Hyvärinen. (2019) Nordic Crop Wild Relative conservation: A report from two cooperation projects 2015 - 2019.

38. Hagenblad, J., M.W. Leino, G.H. Afonso, D.A. Morales. (2019) Morphological and genetic characterization of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) landraces in the Canary Islands. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. 66(2): 465-480.

37. Leino, M.W., S.Ö. Solberg, H.M. Tunset, J. Fogelholm, E.M. Karlsson Strese, J. Hagenblad. (2018) Patterns of exchange of multiplying onion (Allium cepa L. Aggregatum-Group) in Fennoscandian home gardens. Economic Botany. 72(3): 346-356.

37. Leino, M.W., S.Ö. Solberg, H.M. Tunset, J. Fogelholm, E.M. Karlsson Strese, J. Hagenblad. (2018) Patterns of exchange of multiplying onion (Allium cepa L. Aggregatum-Group) in Fennoscandian home gardens. Economic Botany.

36. Lundström, M., N.E.G. Forsberg, J. Heimdahl, J. Hagenblad, M.W. Leino. (2018) Genetic analyses of Scandinavian desiccated, charred and waterlogged remains of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 22: 11-20.

35. Lempiäinen-Avci, M., M. Lundström, S. Huttunen, M. W. Leino, J. Hagenblad (2018) Archaeological and historical materials as a means to explore Finnish crop history. Environmental Archaeology. 25: 37-52.

35. Lundström, M., M. W. Leino, J. Hagenblad (2017) Evolutionary history of the NAM-B1 gene in wild and domesticated tetraploid wheat. BMC Genetics 18(1): 118.

34. De Frenne, P., J. Brunet, M. Cougnon, G. Decocq, B. J. Graae, J. Hagenblad, M. Hermy, A. Kolb, I. Lemke, S. Ma, A. Orczewska, J. Plue, G. Vranckx, M. Wulf, K. Verheyen (2017) Biological Flora of the British Isles: Milium effusum. Journal of Ecology 105(3): 839-858.

33. Hagenblad, J., J. Morales, M. W. Leino, A. C.  Rodríguez-Rodríguez (2017) Farmer fidelity in the Canary Islands revealed by ancient DNA from prehistoric seeds. Journal of Archaeological Science 78: 78-87.

32. Vanhala T., K.R. Normann, M. Lundström, J.L. Weller, M.W. Leino, J. Hagenblad (2016) Flowering time adaption in Swedish landrace pea (Pisum sativum L.). BMC genetics 17(1): 11.

31. Karlsson, A.C., A. Fallahsharoudi, H. Johnsen, J. Hagenblad, D. Wright, L. Andersson, P. Jensen (2016) A domestication related mutation in the thyroid stimulating hormonereceptor gene (TSHR) modulates photoperiodic response and reproduction in chickens. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 228: 69-78.

30. Videvall, E., N. Sletvold, J. Hagenblad, J. Ågren, B. Hansson (2016) Strong maternal effects on gene expression in Arabidopsis lyrata hybrids. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 33(4): 984-994.

29. Hagenblad, J., H.R. Oliveira, N.E.G. Forsberg, M.W. Leino (2016) Geographical distribution of genetic diversity in Secale landrace and wild accessions. BMC Plant Biology. 16(1): 23.

28. Hagenblad, J., J. Hülskötter, K.P. Acharya, J. Brunet, O. Chabrerie, S.A.O. Cousins, P.A. Dar, M. Diekmann, P. De Frenne, M. Hermy, A. Jamoneau, A. Kolb, I. Lemke, J. Plue, Z.A. Reshi, B. Jessen Graae (2015) Low genetic diversity despite multiple introductions of the invasive plant species Impatiens glandulifera in Europe. BMC Genetics 16(1):103.

27. Forsberg, N.E.G., J. Russell, M. Macaulay, M.W. Leino, J. Hagenblad. (2015) Farmers without borders - genetic structuring in century old barley (Hordeum vulgare). Heredity. 114(2): 195-206.

26. Aslan S., N.E.G. Forsberg, J. Hagenblad, M.W. Leino (2015) Molecular genotyping of historical barley landraces reveals novel candidate regions for local adaption. Crop Science. 55(6): 2766-2776.

25. E.M.K. Strese, M. Lundström, J. Hagenblad, M.W. Leino. (2014) Genetic Diversity in Remnant Swedish hop (Humulus lupulus L.) yards from the 15th to 18th century. Economic Botany. 68(3): 231-245.

24. Oliveira, H.R., J. Hagenblad, M.W. Leino, F.J. Leigh, D.L. Lister, L. Penã-Chocarro, M.K. Jones. (2014) Wheat in the Mediterranean revisited - tetraploid wheat landraces assessed with elite bread wheat single-nucleotide polymorphism markers. BMC Genetics. 15(1): 54.

23. Leino, M.W., J. Hagenblad. (2014) Potato onion: The missing link to onion cultivation in the past. Bulletin för trädgårdshistorisk forskning. 27: 17 - 19.

22. Hagenblad, J., E. Boström, L. Nygårds, M.W. Leino. (2013) Genetic diversity in local cultivars of garden pea (Pisum sativum L.) conserved 'on farm' and in historical collections. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. 61(2): 413-422.

21. Sletvold, N., M. Mousset, J. Hagenblad, B. Hansson, J. Ågren. (2013) Strong inbreeding depression in two Scandinavian populations of the self-incompatible perennial herb Arabidopsis lyrata. Evolution. 67(10): 2876-2888.

20. Leino, M.W., E. Boström, J. Hagenblad. (2012) Twentieth-century changes in the genetic composition of Swedish field pea metapopulations. Heredity. 110(4): 338-346.

19. Hagenblad J., L. Asplund, F. Balfourier, C. Ravel, M.W. Leino. (2012) Strong presence of the high grain protein content allele of NAM-B1 in Fennoscandian wheat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 125(8): 1677-1686.

18. Karlsson Strese, E.M., C. Tollin, J. Hagenblad. (2012) Den svenska humlens ursprung. Svensk Botanisk Tidskrift, 106(3-4): 165-176.

17. Leino M.W., Boström E., Hagenblad J. (2012) 20th century changes in the genetic composition of Swedish field pea metapopulations. Heredity 110(4): 338-346.

16. Hagenblad J., Asplund L., Balfourier F., Ravel C., Leino M.W. (2012) Strong presence of the high grain protein content allele of NAM-B1 in Fennoscandian wheat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 125(8): 1677-1686.

15. Asplund, L., Leino, M.W., Hagenblad J. (2012) Allelic variation at the Rht8 locus in a 19th century wheat collection. The Scientific World Journal, Agronomy. 2012: 1-6.

14. Hagenblad, J., Zie, J., Leino, M.W. (2012) Exploring the population genetics of genebank and historical landrace varieties. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. 59(6): 1185-1199.

13. Asplund, L., Hagenblad, J., Leino, M.W. (2010) Re-evaluating the history of the wheat domestication gene NAM-B1 using historical plant material. Journal of Archaeological Science, 37 (9): 2303 - 2307.

12. Leino, M.W., Hagenblad, J. (2010) 19th century seeds reveal the population genetics of landrace barley (Hordeum vulgare). Molecular Biology and Evolution, 27(4): 964-973.

11. Leino, M.W., Hagenblad, J. (2009) Historic barley seed samples and their utility. Barley Genetics Newsletter 39: 20-23.

10. Leino, M.W., Hagenblad, J., Edqvist, J., Karlsson Strese, E.M. (2009) DNA preservation and utility of a historic seed collection. Seed Science Research 19:125-135.

9. Hagenblad, J., M. Olsson, H.G. Parker, E.A. Ostrander, H. Ellegren. (2009) Population genomics of the inbred Scandinavian wolf. Molecular Ecology, 18(7): 1341-1351.

8. Kawabe, A., Hansson B., Forrest A., Hagenblad J., Charlesworth D. (2006) Comparative gene mapping in Arabidopsis lyrata chromosomes 6 and 7 and A. thaliana chromosome IV: evolutionary history, rearrangements and local recombination rates. Genetical Research, 88(1): 45-56.

7. Kawabe, A., Hansson B., Hagenblad J., Forrest A., Charlesworth D. (2006) Centromere Locations and Associated Chromosome Rearrangements in Arabidopsis lyrata and A. thaliana. Genetics, 173: 1613-1619.

6. Hagenblad, J., Bechsgaard J., D. Charlesworth. (2006) Linkage Disequilibrium Between Incompatibility Locus Region Genes in the Plant Arabidopsis lyrata. Genetics, 173: 1057-1073.

5. Jakobsson, M., Hagenblad J., Tavaré S., Säll T., Halldén C., Lind-Halldén C., M. Nordborg. (2006) A unique recent origin of the allotetraploid species Arabidopsis suecica: evidence from nuclear DNA markers. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 23: 1217-1231.

4. Charlesworth, D., Kamau, E., Hagenblad, J., Tang C. (2006) Trans-specificity at loci near the self-incompatibility loci in Arabidopsis. Genetics, 172: 2699-2704.

3. Hagenblad, J., Tang, C., Molitor, J., Werner, J., Zhao, K., Zheng, H., Marjoram, P., Weigel, D., Nordborg, M. (2004) Haplotype structure and phenotypic associations in the chromosomal regions surrounding two Arabidopsis thaliana flowering time loci. Genetics, 168: 1627-1638.

2. Hagenblad, J., Nordborg, M. (2002) Sequence variation and haplotype structure surrounding the flowering time locus FRI in Arabidopsis thaliana. Genetics 161: 289-298.

1. Nordborg, M., Borevitz, J.O., Bergelson, J., Berry, C.C., Chory, J., Hagenblad, J., Kreitman, M., Maloof, J.N., Noyes, T., Oefner, P.J., Stahl, E.A., Weigel, D. (2002) The extent of linkage disequilibrium in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature Genetics 30: 190-193.

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