Professor Steve in new Peavy Forest Science Center

Heat-map showing changes in gene expression during natural leaf development and senescence in black cottonwood

False-color images of transgenic poplar leaves in Petri dishes produced by hyperspectral imaging system in laboratory

Purple-leafed transgenic poplar tree in field trial after morning frost

Genetically engineered, photorespiration-modified poplars ready for field planting

Green-fluorescent-protein shows development of transgenic leaves in poplar

Planting poplars to study microbiome impacts of host-induced gene silencing against a plant pathogen

Aerial view from a drone of field trials of genetically engineered poplar trees in Oregon

Field trial of CRISPR-modified poplars to study effects of mutations on floral fertility

Effects of CRISPR mutation of Eucalyptus flowering gene LEAFY (bottom) vs. wild-type (top)

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In the Forest Biotechnology Laboratory we use modern plant biotechnologies—both genomics and genetic engineering—to help create environmentally sustainable biotechnologies to aid in production of tree crops, including for renewable energy, wood, paper, ornamentals, and fruit. In addition, we use DNA methods for basic research to help understand the physiology and evolution of trees. We work in interdisciplinary teams to teach about biotechnology in relation to society, and to inform the development of regulations that nurture both innovation and the safe use of genetically engineered plants in forests and farms. Strauss faculty page.


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