Oregon State University has developed a unique partnership with three other premier Oregon research universities (Oregon Health & Science University, Portland State University & University of Oregon). Using category listings and a searchable field, Innovate-Collaborate-Oregon features innovations from all four universities. Each technology summary provides additional information and a specific contact at the respective institution.
Examples of recent OSU discoveries
Indigo Rose Tomato
James R Myers, Ph.D.
'Indigo Rose' is the first cultivar to come from the Oregon State University high flavonoid tomato breeding program, and is intended for home garden and fresh market production as a novelty type. It is a full season open pollinated "saladette" tomato with indeterminate growth habit that sets approximately 50 g fruit. 'Indigo Rose' is expected to be the first high anthocyanin tomato commercially available anywhere in the world.
Viscoelastic Thermal Compression of Wood
Frederic A Kamke, Ph.D.
This patented process and apparatus provides a methodology for converting wood products made from low density wood (e.g. veneer and composite panels) into high density laminae with high levels of strength, stiffness, and dimensional stability. The method uses a combination of steam, heat and mechanical compression that has been termed Viscoelastic Thermal Compression.
The "green revolution" has increased public awareness regarding the efficient utilization of timber, and protection of forest lands, particularly the old growth forests. As a result, a shift in the available resource base has occurred, from old-growth mature forests to intensively managed, short-rotation, forest plantations. These tree "crops" that are so rapidly grown, are made up of primarily low density wood. While adequate for paper products they can not meet the demand for high density wood products. This invention generally relates to a process for the production of high density wood from low density wood.
The end-use of the densified wood products, in whole or as a composite, include: various building materials such as structural components ( e.g. beams, joists, studs, etc.); flooring and underlayment materials; siding and roofing material; materials for constructing walls (e.g. in place of wall board, or as paneling, wainscoting, trim, etc.); furniture manufacture; material for fences; pallets; shipping containers; etc.
New Blue Pigment
Mas Subramanian, Ph.D.
Arthur W Sleight, Ph.D.
Blue pigments of the past have often been expensive (ultramarine blue was made from the gemstone lapis lazuli, ground up), poisonous (cobalt blue is a possible carcinogen and Prussian blue, another well-known pigment, can leach cyanide) or apt to fade (many of the organic ones fall apart when exposed to acid or heat).
An accidental discovery in laboratory at Oregon State University has created of a nearly-perfect blue pigment. At the temperatures about 1,200C –almost 2,000F manganese oxide turned into a vivid blue compound that could be used to make a pigment able to resist heat and acid, be environmentally benign and cheap to produce from a readily available mineral.
Ornamental Hazelnut- Red Dragon
Shawn K Mehlenbacher, Ph.D.
David C Smith, Ph.D.
The 'Red Dragon' cultivar (a red-leafed, contorted ornamental cultivar) is available by license from Oregon State University.