Matís Staff

Sæmundur Sveinsson

Research Group Leader

Group: Genetics

Phone: +354 4225130/8585130


Focus Areas:

Genetics, Breeding, Chemistry, Genetics




Halland, H., Martin, P., Dalmannsdottir, S., Sveinsson, S., Djurhuus, R., Thomsen, M.,… Reykdal, O. (2020). Transnational cooperation to develop local barley to beer value chains. Open Agriculture, 5(1), 138–149.

Gíslason D, Helyar SJ, Óskarsson GJ, Ólafsdóttir G, Slotte A, Jansen T, Jacobsen JA,…, Sveinsson S, Daníelsdóttir AK, Pampoulie C (2020). The genetic composition of feeding aggregations of the Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus) in the central north Atlantic: a microsatellite loci approach. ICES Journal of Marine Science 77:604-612


Percy, DM, Crampton-Platt, A., Sveinsson, S., Lemmon, AR, Lemmon, EM, Ouvrard, D., & Burckhardt, D. (2018). Resolving the psyllid tree of life: phylogenomic analyzes of the superfamily Psylloidea (Hemiptera). Systematic Entomology, 43(4).


Martin, P., Dalmannsdottir, S., in Gerdinum, JI, Halland, H., Hermannsson, J., Kavanagh, V.,… Wishart, J. (2017). Recent warming across the North Atlantic region may be contributing to an expansion in barley cultivation. Climatic Change, 145(3–4).


Sveinsson, S., & Cronk, Q. (2016). Conserved gene clusters in the scrambled plastomes of IRLC legumes (Fabaceae: Trifolieae and Fabeae). BioRxiv, 40188.


Sveinsson, S. (2014). Investigations into plant genome evolution using massive parallel sequencing. PhD Thesis. University of British Columbia.

Sveinsson, S., & Cronk, Q. (2014). Evolutionary origin of highly repetitive plastid genomes within the clover genus (Trifolium). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 14(1).


Sveinsson, S., Gill, N., Kane, NC, & Cronk, Q. (2013). Transposon fingerprinting using low coverage whole genome shotgun sequencing in Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) and related species. BMC Genomics, 14(1).

Sveinsson, S., McDill, J., Wong, GKS, Li, J., Li, X., Deyholos, MK, & Cronk, QCB (2013). Phylogenetic pinpointing of a paleopolyploidy event within the flax genus (Linum) using transcriptomics. Annals of Botany, 113(5), 753–761.

Yang, JY, Scascitelli, M., Motilal, LA, Sveinsson, S., Engels, JMM, Kane, NC,… Cronk, QCB (2013). Complex origin of Trinitario-type Theobroma cacao (Malvaceae) from Trinidad and Tobago revealed using plastid genomics. Tree Genetics and Genomes, 9(3).


Kane, N., Sveinsson, S., Dempewolf, H., Yang, JY, Zhang, D., Engels, JMM, & Cronk, Q. (2012). Ultra-barcoding in cocoa (theobroma spp .; malvaceae) using whole chloroplast genomes and nuclear ribosomal DNA. American Journal of Botany, 99(2).


Anamthawat-Jónsson, K., Wenke, T., Thórsson, Æ. T., Sveinsson, S., Zakrzewski, F., & Schmidt, T. (2009). Evolutionary diversification of satellite DNA sequences from Leymus (Poaceae: Triticeae). Genome, 52(4), 381–390.