Associate Professor

Carsten Külheim

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.


  1. Orr AJ, Padovan A, Kainer D, Külheim C, Bromham L, Bustos-Segura C, Foley WJ, Haff T, Hsieh J-F, Morales-Suarez A, Cartwright RA, Lanfear R (2020) A phylogenomic approach reveals a low somatic mutation rate in a long-lived plant. Proceeding of the Royal Society B 287: 20192364 

  2. Rauschendorfer J, Yordanov Y, Dobrev P, Vankova R, Sykes R, Külheim C, Busov V (2020) Overexpression of a developing xylem cDNA library in transgenic poplar generates high mutation rate specific to wood formation. Plant Biotechnology Journal 18: 1434-1443 

  3. Marsh KJ, Wallis IR, Külheim C, Clark R, Nicolle D, Foley WJ, Salminen J-P (2020) New approaches to tannin analysis of leaves explain biological activity associated with herbivore defence. New Phytologist 225: 488-498 

  4. Choi B, Crisp MD, Cook LG, Edwards BD, Toon A, Külheim C (2019) Identifying genetic markers for a range of phylogenetic utility – from species to family level. PLoS One 14: e0218995 

  5. Kainer D, Padovan A, Degenhardt J, Krause S, Mondal P, Foley WJ, Külheim C (2019) High marker density GWAS provides novel insights into the genomic architecture of terpene oil yield in Eucalyptus. New Phytologist 223: 1489-1504 

  6. Thornhill AH, Crisp MD, Külheim C, Lam KE, Nelson LA, Yeates DK, Miller JT (2019) A dated molecular perspective of eucalypt taxonomy, evolution, and diversification. Australian Systematic Botany 32: 29-48