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ARCS-Honolulu names horticulturist Adelheid Kuehnle 2008 Scientist of the Year

University of Hawaiʻi
Cheryl Ernst, (808) 956-5941
External Affairs & University Relations
Patty Lee, (808) 230-0133
Posted: May 23, 2008

HONOLULU — Achievement Rewards for College Scientists‘ (ARCS) Honolulu chapter has named Adelheid Kuehnle its 2008 Scientist of the Year. Kuehnle is a professor of horticulture in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where she teaches flower crop production and plant tissue culture and transformation.

The award recognizes Kuehnle‘s work with graduate students and her research in applied breeding to develop improved and novel cut flower and blooming potted plant varieties for general and niche markets. She also explores molecular genetic approaches to disease resistance and novelty in floriculture crops, including Dendrobium orchid and anthuriums. Her study of the genetic diversity and inheritance in orchids and anthuriums includes use of laser flow cytometry.

She is the co-author with veteran UH horticulturist Haruyuki Kamemoto on books about dendrobium and anthurium breeding and lead author on several book chapters and numerous articles in both scientific and trade journals. She was recently recognized by Pacific Business News as a finalist for Businesswoman of the Year.

Kuehnle is the 25th UH Mānoa scientist to be recognized with the annual ARCS-Honolulu honor, which was presented recently during the organization‘s annual Achievement Awards banquet.


For 50 years, ARCS Foundation, Inc. has been dedicated to helping meet the country‘s need for scientists and engineers by providing awards to academically outstanding U.S. citizens pursuing graduate education in the sciences, engineering and health. Every dollar raised by the Honolulu chapter supports students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.