College of Forestry

Forest Biotechnology Laboratory

GREAT TREES Cooperative

Genetic Research on Engineering and Advanced Transformation of Trees 

Our laboratory has been engaged with in cooperative research with forest industries for 30 years. The emphasis for most of that time had been on genetic modification of flowering and field tests of genetically modified trees. As of July 1st, 2019 the Research Cooperative previously known as TGERC/TBGRC changed its name to GREAT TREES (Genetic Research on Engineering and Advanced Transformation of Trees), and transitioned in its research focus to development of advanced gene editing and transformation methods suitable for Eucalyptus and other tree species. A key element of research is the application of development-controlling genes to promote regeneration of transgenic or gene-edited plants. Our plan for upcoming years, including our goals, rationale, and legal agreement, are provided at the links below.

Current (2019-2024) GREAT TREES members are Arauco, Futuragene/Suzano, Klabin, SAPPI, and SweTree Technologies. The University of Pretoria Forest Molecular Biology Program and Corteva Agrosciences are Associate Members.

Please contact Professor Steve Strauss, GREAT TREES Coop Director, to inquire about current studies and membership for the 2024-2029 phase of work.


GREAT TREES MOA (PDF) | Appendix I - Plan for Research