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Poplar study highlighted in USDA’s Fresh from the Field Impact

“There’s still more to know and more research to be done, but this looks really good,” said corresponding author Steve Strauss, distinguished professor of forest biotechnology at OSU. “It’s very exciting.”

Steve Strauss on OPB's Think Out Loud

Steve Strauss, a distinguished professor of biotechnology at OSU, joins OPB's Think Out Loud to discuss a recent field study that demonstrated trees can be genetically engineered to prevent new seedlings from establishing. They discuss the findings from the largest aggregate study of genetically engineered trees in the world.

Groundbreaking poplar study shows trees can be genetically engineered not to spread

The largest field-based study of genetically modified forest trees ever conducted has demonstrated that genetic engineering can prevent new seedlings from establishing. “There’s still more to know and more research to be done, but this looks really good,” said corresponding author Steve Strauss, distinguished professor of forest biotechnology at OSU. “It’s very exciting.”

Gene editing could be the future of forestry

Steve Strauss is working with students, faculty and researchers on a new type of genetic technology known as gene editing, or CRISPR. It gives researchers the ability to specify precisely where a genetic change will be made—something that was essentially impossible before. Strauss says the technology is only a few years old and is an exciting step for biotechnology.

CRISPR: The latest word in genetics

“Scientists saw that and thought, What the hell is this?” said Steve Strauss, a forest biotechnology professor at Oregon State University. As it turned out, bacteria that survive a viral invasion use CRISPR to store the viral gene sequences within their own DNA to “remember” and destroy the virus if it returns.

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Strauss presents NSF PGRP project to SMILE teachers during January 2018 Teachers Conference at OSU

PDF files of Steve's presentation can be found on the Presentations page.

Steve Strauss presents at the Plant and Animal Genome XVI in San Diego

PDF files of Steve's presentations at the Plant and Animal Genome XVI conference in San Diego can be found on the Presentations page.

Why Biotech Solutions are Needed to Address Forest Health

Strauss was invited to present the benefits and obstacles to recombinant DNA forms of biotechnology in a December 1, 2017 lecture to the National Academy of Sciences Committee: The Potential for Biotechnology to Address Forest Health

Howe and Strauss provide OSU forest biotechnology update in Western Forester, fall 2017

Glenn Howe and Steve Strauss recently published an article titled Biotechnology Research is Developing New Tools for Tree Breeders in Western Forester

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Strauss suggests need for more nuanced, science-informed approach to regulation of biotech trees in article published in the Washington Post

Steve Strauss is quoted in the Washington Post article titled "Environmentalists are urging the USDA to reject this genetically engineered eucalyptus tree". He said it was difficult to predict the trees’ environmental impact without having a better idea of the scale of plantings. Strauss runs a research consortium that ArborGen once belonged to, and the company has funded some of his research in the past, although the relationship has since ended. “If I were USDA, I would probably make a decision to have a provisional deregulation,” he said, allowing some years to go — perhaps a decade — before conducting another evaluation.

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