Carsten Külheim

"Forestry will become a major provider of key materials; from construction to high-tech to biofuels. It is our job to ensure trees thrive."


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  • Associate Professor
  • Ph.D. Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University
  • B.S. Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University

Finding thriving trees for future needs

In my laboratory, we investigate the interactions between trees and their environment – both abiotic interactions such as heat, drought and cold stress; and biotic interactions such as insect pests or fungal pathogens. We use diverse methods including whole genome sequence analysis, plant physiology, chemical ecology and functional genomics. Our studies will produce vital information for the selection of resilient trees which will provide valuable resources such as construction and high-tech materials, and biofuels in the future.

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Kuelheim Laboratory

Areas of Expertise

  • Genetic basis of trait variation
  • Plant adaptation to local environment
  • Plant secondary metabolism
  • Chemical ecology including plant –herbivore interactions
  • Functional genomics of plant defences