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GMOs, genetically engineered crops: Oregon State University scientist Steve Strauss explains how they work
Steve Strauss is a professor with Oregon State University's College of Forestry, where he is part of the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society and conducts research on genetically engineered trees for uses in forestry, bioenergy and horticulture.
The funding will enable Riddle Laminators, a DR Johnson entity, to collaborate with a research team of OSU faculty and students, led by professor Lech Muszynski from OSU’s Department of Wood Science and Engineering, to construct a pilot manufacturing line for CLT and test the product produced at the plant.
If all goes as planned, come fall term 2017, Oregon State University’s College of Forestry will be housed in what Dean Thomas Maness describes as “a showpiece on the OSU campus.”
“We really have an opportunity in Oregon that we can lose if we don’t choose to take it,” says Thomas Maness, dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. “Oregon is the best place in the world to grow this material.”
We are very sad to report the news of Hal Salwasser's death. Hal had been an active member of the forestry faculty since stepping down as dean in 2012 after 12 years leading the college. The Salwasser family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Hal Salwasser Fellowship Fund through the OSU Foundation.
Dan Ott, a PhD student from Oregon State University's College of Forestry, set out to the Uinta Mountains after an unseasonable snowstorm on June 18. It was his fifth week in the field, and a blanket of snow covered his study site by morning, which turned to a soggy puddle by afternoon. At least the sun shone bright in a clear blue sky. His studies often keep him out well after midnight.
The new technique was invented and patented by Dr. Kaichang Li, associate professor in the Department of Wood Science & Engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. He saw a need for a cheaper mass-produced bio-adhesive based on the readily available soybean, and figured out a way to block the expression of certain amino acids in the soy that were not present in the mussel protein.
Steve Strauss is a bioengineering researcher in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and plans to vote no.
Luke Painter detailed his findings this summer in an online report in the journal Ecology. He received his Ph.D. in the College of Forestry at Oregon State in 2013 and is now an instructor in OSU’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.
"In the 1950s, we assumed that the forests were not going to change," said Richard Waring, retired professor of forestry at Oregon State University and co-author of the book. "We assumed that if you disturbed them in a certain way, they would come back. Right now it looks like some of the drier forestlands will be in continuous transition to ecosystems that may not include trees at all."