Steve Strauss



Research Interests: 

  • Biotechnology

  • Forest Genetics

I have been working in tree and plant biotechnology—teaching, providing outreach to the public, and conducting research—for more than 30 years. I run an active genetic transformation (gene insertion) lab that has produced thousands of transgenic trees, and we have tested many of these in the field. Because of the demand for reliable information on GMO crops and trees by the public, I have given numerous lectures to the public, wrote papers about policy options for improved regulations, and for ~10 years taught an interdisciplinary course on the science and social views of genes and chemicals in agriculture. 

Selected publications

Strauss SH, Jones KN, Lu H, Petit JD, Klocko A, Betts MG, Brosi BJ, Fletcher RJ, Needham MD.  2017.  Reproductive modification in forest plantations: impacts on biodiversity and societyNew Phytologist. 213:1000-1021.

Chang SMahon ELMacKay HARottmann WHStrauss SHPijut PMPowell WACoffey VLu HMansfield SD et al..  2018.  Genetic engineering of trees: progress and new horizonsIn vitro Cell. Develop. Biol. 54:341-376.

Bagley JCHeming NMGutiérrez EEDevisetty UKMock KEEckert AJStrauss SH.  2018.  Genotyping-by-sequencing and ecological niche modeling illuminate phylogeography, admixture, and Pleistocene range dynamics in quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)PeerJ Preprints. 6:e27162v1

Nagle MLeBoldus JMKlocko A.  2018.  Host‐Induced Gene Silencing for Pest/Pathogen ControlIn: eLS. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester.

Nagle MDéjardin APilate GStrauss SH.  2018.  Opportunities for Innovation in Genetic Transformation of Forest TreesFrontiers in Plant Science. 9

Klocko ALu HMagnuson ABrunner AMMa CStrauss SH.  2018.  Phenotypic Expression and Stability in a Large-Scale Field Study of Genetically Engineered Poplars Containing Sexual Containment TransgenesFront. Bioeng. Biotechnol. 6:100

Lu HKlocko ABrunner AMMa CMagnuson AHowe GTAn XStrauss SH.  2018.  RNA interference suppression of AGAMOUS and SEEDSTICK alters floral organ identity and impairs floral organ determinacy, ovule differentiation, and seed-hair development in PopulusNew Phytologist.