CORVALLIS, Ore. - Steven Strauss, a distinguished professor of forest biotechnology at Oregon State University, has received the Barrington-Moore Memorial Award from the Society of American Foresters.

This prestigious national award recognizes outstanding achievement in biological research that advances forest science. The Society of American Foresters, founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, is the largest professional society for foresters in the world.

Strauss, a pioneer and international leader in the genetics and applied biotechnology of forest trees, has done extensive research to improve tree characteristics while reducing undesired gene flow from transgenic populations. He also founded OSU's Program for Outreach in Resource Biotechnology to help the public, agencies and decision makers better understand biotechnology issues.

Strauss has published more than 160 professional papers and received more than $17 million in federal research support, and been an advocate for scientifically sound regulations for the use of genetically modified forest trees and other plants. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has been on the OSU faculty since 1985.

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