COF News & Events

Growth of biofuel industry hurt by GMO regulations

Faster development of the promising field of cellulosic biofuels – the renewable energy produced from grasses and trees – is being significantly hampered by a “deep and thorny regulatory thicket” that makes almost impossible the use of advanced gene modification methods, researchers say.

Ecampus offers new graduate degree in natural resources

As it expands its online degrees and programs, Oregon State University Extended Campus will offer a new master’s of natural resources degree this fall.  This interdisciplinary program is designed for natural resources professionals around the world who are place-bound, but desire to pursue further training while carrying on their job duties, officials say.

LIDAR use expands into monitoring biodiversity, ecosystem health

Forestry researchers at Oregon State University have used LIDAR to identify with accuracy the breeding habitat of a particular migratory bird – another evolving role for this sophisticated remote sensing technology, and an important step forward for widespread ecosystem monitoring.

OSU to partner in new center for wood-based composite materials

Oregon State University and Virginia Tech have been chosen by the National Science Foundation to lead a new Industry/University Cooperative Research Center focused on wood-based composite materials, in a $2.2 million, five-year research initiative.