Discovery of a bud-break gene could lead to trees adapted for a changing climate | Oregon State University

Tree Education Tuesday

“No one has ever isolated a controlling gene for this timing in a wild plant, outside of Arabidopsis, a small flowering plant related to mustard and cabbage,” said Steve Strauss, co-author and distinguished professor of forest biotechnology at OSU. “This is the first time a gene that controls the timing of bud break in trees has been identified.”

Alpha Kappa Alpha Tree Planting Ceremony at Johnson C. Smith University


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In his remarks during the press conference, Dr. Ronald L. Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University, quoted a Chinese proverb: “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today.”  That day was July 11 for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Johnson C. Smith University, Arbor Day Foundation, Toyota, TreesCharlotte and other partners as all came together to plant 31 trees on the JCSU campus. What a day it was! The atmosphere was festive, spirits were high and more than 100 people got their hands dirty despite the July heat and humidity. Now that the campus community is enjoying the beautiful new landscape, it is a good time to recap the exciting event.


Faculty, staff, and students from JCSU joined Attorney Carolyn House Stewart, International President, and the Directorate to plant trees and help the university earn a Tree Campus USA designation. The event also furthered the university’s commitment to sustainability and enhanced the urban forest on campus. JCSU was an appropriate place for the event because the university is ranked among the nation’s top five Historically Black Colleges and Universities for sustainability, and the city of Charlotte is among the nation’s top ten cities for urban forests.

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Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota representatives, along with students and grounds managers, plant trees at Delaware State University during a spring 2013 tree-planting event.

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Throwback Thursday

Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota representatives, along with students and grounds managers, plant trees at Delaware State University during a spring 2013 tree-planting event.

"Trees are blooming every day. I love taking people on a walk through campus."
Susan Yost, Delaware State University Claude E. Phillips Herbarium professor

Dedicated educator will continue to inspire sustainability initiatives

By: Stacie Sikora

“Once I started, I wanted to do it all the way.”

Recently retired Claude E. Phillips Herbarium professor Susan Yost was an integral part of Delaware State University being the first campus in Delaware to receive Tree Campus USA® distinction. Her dedication to tree care, sustainability and Tree Campus USA has made Delaware State University a successful Tree Campus since 2011.

Since becoming a Tree Campus, Susan, along with the Campus Tree Advisory Committee, has had many “big moments.”

The first year DSU received recognition the governor came to campus to be a part of the ceremony.

In November 2012, the campus established a certified arboretum.

Then the Arbor Day Foundation came to campus, along with John Ridgeway of Toyota, for a tree-planting event in 2013 and donated 25 trees.

In January 2014, the arboretum launched a website.

Most recently, a QR code has been added to all the labeled trees on campus, which pulls up the arboretum page.

While Susan may be retiring, she knows that there are many people with the passion to continue the program without her now that she has retired.

“There’s a lot of interest on campus to maintain the Tree Campus USA designation,” Susan said. “Someone will have a passion to continue.”

But Susan isn’t leaving quite so easily.

“I may come back! I feel like (the trees) are my babies, and I feel like I know them so well.”

Campus Spotlight: Delaware State University

Delaware State University has been a Tree Campus for 3 years. It is also the only Tree Campus in the state of Delaware. Check back tomorrow to read about all the great sustainability initiatives in the works at DSU thanks to herbarium professor Susan Yost’s leadership.

Trees Make a Campus Beautiful

When people talk about the beauty of a campus, they often discuss the buildings and architecture on campus. What really makes a campus beautiful, though, is its landscape. Trees play a vital role in that.

Travel + Leisure magazine listed the most beautiful college campuses in the United States in the article “America’s Most Beautiful College Campuses.” While the article primarily details the architectural wonders to see on each campus, trees and the landscape make up that beauty as well.

In fact, 11 of the nearly 30 campuses listed hold Tree Campus USA® distinction. Here’s a little bit about these beautiful campuses.

Bard College: Tree Campus for 5 years


Bard College includes its own working farm and arboretum. Students are vital part of making the projects succeed. The trees and plants offer beauty and educational opportunities.

Berry College: Tree Campus for 1 year


With 27,000 acres, Berry College is the largest contiguous campus in the world. This acreage includes forests and meadows, making the campus not only beautiful but a perfect environment for learning and recreation.

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Throwback Thursday

Volunteers in action during a Tree Campus USA planting event at Bowling Green State University in 2012.

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