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An aerial view of the Fraser fir seed orchard at the Upper Mountain Research Station in Ashe County, North Carolina. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Dec 8, 2022

New Facility to Produce First Crop of Genetically-Improved Christmas Trees

NC State researchers are one step closer to harvesting the first crop of genetically-improved Fraser firs for growers to plant in their own fields.  

Fraser Fir Seed Orchard

Dec 7, 2022

Scientists Prepare for Exploding Christmas Tree Seeds

A new seed facility will help NC State researchers prepare for the next generation of Fraser fir Christmas trees selected for their superior traits. 

NC State professor Fikret Isik examines saplings inside a greenhouse at NC State.

Sep 8, 2022

Forestry Professor Fikret Isik Named Fulbright Scholar

Isik will spend nearly a year conducting research on and teaching about quantitative genetics and breeding at the University of Pretoria's Future Africa campus. 

Forested landscape - Can Biden's Tree Planting Initiative Save American Forests? - College of Natural Resources News - NC State University

May 27, 2022

Can Biden’s Reforestation Plan Slow Climate Change?

The administration wants to plant 1.2 billion trees. But it can be more ambitious, according to one NC State expert. 

Wang and Barrangou - Seed Funding Speeds Growth for TreeCo — an NC State Startup - College of Natural Resources News NC State University

Apr 7, 2022

Seed Funding Speeds Growth for TreeCo — an NC State Startup

A sustainable forestry startup is using new technology to mitigate climate change. 

Oak Planting - NC State Partnership Honors Marines Who Fought in Battle of Belleau Wood - College of Natural Resources News NC State University

Dec 16, 2021

NC State Partnership Honors Marines Who Fought in Battle of Belleau Wood

Oak saplings, grown by the NC State Cooperative Tree Improvement Program, will be planted on Marine Corps bases and facilities across the country through March 2022. 

Christmas Tree Farm - Why Christmas Trees Smell Good - College of Natural Resources News - NC State University

Dec 13, 2021

Why Christmas Trees Smell Good

Pine, fir and spruce trees produce chemical compounds that emit aromas when exposed to room temperature. 

Fraser fir Christmas trees - Building a Better Christmas Tree - College of Natural Resources News - NC State University

Dec 9, 2021

Building a Better Christmas Tree

NC State researchers are studying Fraser fir Christmas trees to improve their qualities using genetics. 

Young oak trees growing at NC State.

Jun 10, 2020

NC State Tree Experts Grow Oaks to Honor Marines

Forestry experts at NC State are growing young oaks to honor Marines who fell at Belleau Wood. 

Rodolphe Barrangou, professor and co-founder of TreeCo, with genome edited poplars.

Jun 10, 2020

NC State Spin-off TreeCo To Breed a Better Forest

TreeCo, a start-up company founded by two NC State researchers, is setting out to revolutionize the forestry industry by combining insights from tree genetics with the power of genome editing.