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The forest biotechnology laboratory hosted two scientists from the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute in July to discuss gene editing/CRISPR research, visit field trials on the college forest, and discuss regulatory compliance with biotech forest trees. The photo shows Dr. Steven Strauss with Wu Chia-Chen and Lin Guan-Ying.

“What Living Carbon is trying to do has never been done before at all,” said Steve Strauss, a professor of forest biotechnology at Oregon State University, who has partnered with Living Carbon on its research, including a field trial of more than 600 trees. “It’s very bold and I told them that ... everything about this is high risk, in my view.”

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Professors Steve Strauss and Tom Shellhammer from OSU are featured on the Master Brewers Podcast

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Newly-developed trees could be used in the fight against climate change.

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Native aspen were planted at OSU and the research forests.

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OSU’s Steve Strauss led an international collaboration that showed the CRISPR Cas9 gene editing technique could be used with nearly 100% efficiency to knock out LEAFY, the master gene behind flower formation.

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GREAT TREES, a research consortium based out of Oregon State University, is looking to provide assistance to the global forest industry to help forests survive and thrive.

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Oregon State University and the College of Forestry has created a new endowment based on a major donation from the Institute of Forest Biosciences, formerly the Institute of Forest Biotechnology.

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Field trials in the Northwest and Southwest show that poplar trees can be genetically modified to reduce negative impacts on air quality while leaving their growth potential virtually unchanged, says an Oregon State University researcher who collaborated on the study.

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