Águeda Pons Barro

Doctor of Veterinary
Servei de Millora Agraria i Pesquera de les Illes Balears (SEMILLA)

Doctorate in Natural Resources and Sustainable Management. Master's in Sustainable Animal Husbandry and Management: Ecological and integrated livestock farming.

Employment  contracts and services provided to the public company Institut de Biología Animal de Balears currently SEMILLA, since 1989, animal health and responsible for the programmes of recovery of animal genetic resources of the Balearic Islands .

From 1989 to 2004 free activity: clinic, health and statistics ( Balearic Government).

Member of the following consortiums: Biopig, Biogoat and Bioovis;  the Ibero-American Network for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Domestic Animals Sustainable Development; and of Scientific and Organizing  Committees . Vice President of the  Spanish Society of Animal Genetic Resources (SERGA), since 2011.

Honorary member of the Department of Genetics at the University of Córdoba 2009/2010 and tutor of Veterinary practices at Cardenal Herrera,University  since 2010.

Speaker at conferences, training days and other events. Author of diverse widely disseminated technical and scientific articles.


Research Lines

  • Characterization: Morphological, Productive and Genetic
  • Conservation Animal Genetic Resources
  • Animal Production, Market Analysis, Certification and Differentiation.


  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Productive improvements
  • Innovation in the management of farms
  • Management of sustainable productions
  • Provide viability or response to changing situations in the agro-food sector: climate, epidemiology, new demands or markets, etc.



  • Proyecto I+D+I del INIA: Análisis de la diversidad genética de razas ovinas mediante genotipado de alta densidad e identificación de alelos distintivos de razas mediante secuenciación masiva de genes (2011-2014).
  • Participación en el proyecto International ADAPTMAP Goat Genome Consortium.
  • Análisis de la diversidad genética, estructura genética y relaciones en diversas especies: ovino, caprino, porcino, bovino, etc.
  • Diseño e implementación de programas de conservación y mejora de las razas autóctonas de les Illes Balears.
  • Creación y desarrollo del Centro Oficial de Recogida, almacenamiento y distribución de germoplasma – Banco de germoplasma de les Illes Balears.


  • Badaoui B, Manunza A, D'Andrea M, Pilla F, Capote J, Jordana J, Ferrando A, Martínez A, Delgado JV, Landi V, Gómez M, Pons A, El Ouni M, Vidal O, Amills. Identification of c-483>T polymorphism in the caprine tyrosinase-related protein 1 (TYRP1) gene. Journal Italian Animal Sciencie 2012. Ital J Anim Sci vol.11:e12, 2012

    Gama LT, Martínez AM, Carolino I, Landi V, Delgado JV, Vicente A, Vega-Pla JL, Cortés O, Sousa CO and BIOPIG Consortium. Genetic structure, relationships and admixture with wild relatives in native pig breeds form Iberia and its islands. Gama et al. Genetics Selection Evolution 2013, 45:18

    Badaoui B., Manunza A., Castelló A., D’Andrea M., Pilla F, Capote J., Jordana J., Ferrando A., Martínez A., Cabrera B., Delgado JV, Landi V, Gómez M, Pons A, El Ouni M, Vidal O, Amills. Technical note: Advantages and limitations of authenticating Palmera goat dairy products by pyrosequencing the melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R) gene. American Dairy Science Association, 2014. J. Dairy Sci. 97:7293–7297

    Revidatti M.A., Delgado J.V., Gama L.T., Landi V., Ginja C., Alvarez L.A., Vega-Pla J.L., Martínez A.M., BioPig Consortium. Genetic characterization of local Criollo pig breeds form the Americas using microsatellite markers. Revista Animal Science 2014 Volumen: 92: 4823 – 4832.

    Pons A. L., Landi V., Martinez A., Delgado J. V. Biodiversity and genetic structure of Balearic sheep breeds. Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, 2015 J. Anim. Breed. Genet. (2015) 1–9

    Martínez A.; Gama L. T.; Delgado J.V.; Cañón J.; Amills M.; Bruno de Sousa C.; Ginja C.; Zaragoza P.; Manunza A.; Landi V.; Sevane N.; BioGoat Consortium. The Southwestern fringe of Europe as an important reservoir of caprine biodiversity. Revista Genetics Selection Evolution (2015) Volumen 47: 1 - 13

    Ferrando A., Manunza A., Jordana J., Capote J., Pons A., Pais J., Delgado T.; Atoche P., Cabrera B., Martínez A., Landi V., Delgado J.V., Argüello A., Vidal O., Lalueza-Fox C., Ramírez, O., Amills M. A mitochondrial analysis reveals distinct founder effect signatures in Canarian and Balearic goats. International Foundation for Animal Genetics 2015: 1 – 5.

    Manunza A., Cardoso T.F., Noce A., Martínez A., Pons A., Bermejo L.B., Landi V., Sánchez A., Jordana J., Delgado J.V., Adán S., Capote J., Vidal O., Ugarte E., Arranz J.J., Calvo J. H., Casellas J., Amills M. Population structure of eleven Spanish ovine breeds and detection of selective sweeps with BayeScan and hapFLK. Scientific Reports | 6:27296 | DOI: 10.1038/srep27296, 2016.

    Manunza A., Noce A., Serradilla J.M., Goyache F., Martínez A., Capote J., Delgado J.V., Jordana J., Muñoz E., Molina A., Landi V., Pons A., Balteanu V., Traoré A., Vidilla M., Sánchez-Rodríguez M., Sànchez A, Figueiredo CardosoT., Amills M. A genome-wide perspective about the diversity and demographic history of seven Spanish goat breeds. Genetics Selection Evolution 2016. Genet Sel Evol (2016) 48:52: 1-9. Biodiversidad caprina en España

    Fernández de Sierra G., Adán S., Camacho M.E., Pons A., Barba-Capote C., Jordana J., Zaragoza P., Martín I., León-J.M., Nogales-Baena, S.; Cabello-Salinas A.; Gámiz-Ramírez P.; Micheo J.M., Pleguezuelos J., Vidilla M., Parés P.M., Kucherova I., Delgado J.V. Biodiversidad Caprina en España. Biodiversidad Caprina Iberoamericada. Red Conbiand 2016: 13-56.