One of the six PhD students in the FRAS research school, my current project investigates the use of birch stock bred by Skogforsk in south Sweden.  Overall I have tried to relate the external form of birch to the mechanical properties of birch wood, and relate this to management options.

I was also involved in a fertiliser trial in 2019 (Nilsson et al, 2021 in Forests), and I am currently investigating birch quality in a mixed stand with SLU.  This way birch can be improved either through management (silviculture) or through breeding.

Broadleaved species are becoming better recognised as an important part of the Swedish forest, and birch is already present in abundant numbers.  I hope the findings of this research will help inform forest managers about the solid wood they can get from their birch trees.  Most of the birch in Sweden is currently used as fuel or pulp, but by identifying the best conditions, we can hope to measure and improve the quality of birch wood.


Some teaching in 21HT - 4TS051 – “Skogsträdsförädling”


Birch in south Sweden

Wood mechanical properties (stiffness, density, grain angle) and stem form (physical properties like branch frequency and diameter) measurements

Family trials with Skogforsk and Silviculture work with SLU
Early press release on project aim: Seeing the wood through the trees

Interview (Swedish) on project work 2021

Press release on controlled birch crosses


Conference paper (Refereed)

Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)