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Penny Pennington Elected Chair of Danforth Plant Science Center Board; New Directors Include Blunt, Burlin

ST. LOUIS, MO., January 17, 2023 — The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced today that Penny Pennington has been elected chair of the Danforth Center Board of Directors.
17-Jan-2024 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Research provides crucial insights into moss growth under elevated CO2 levels that may benefit climate change models

ST. LOUIS, MO, November 14, 2023 — Approximately 12,000 species of mosses exist and cover close to four million square miles of earth, equivalent to the size of Canada, and are ecologically and evolutionarily important. Mosses play an essential...
14-Nov-2023 7:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

New discovery on how green algae count cell divisions illuminates key step needed for the evolution of multicellular life

ST. LOUIS, MO, November 13, 2023 — An international research team led by James Umen, PhD, member, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has made an unexpected discovery of a biased counting mechanism used by the single-celled green alga...
13-Nov-2023 11:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Teamwork Takes Flight at New Field Research Site

It has been just over a year since the Danforth Center acquired the 140-acre farm that became the home of the new Danforth Center Field Research Site. Located in St. Charles, this historic farm is being used as a space for scientists to develop...
30-Oct-2023 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Institute for International Crop Improvement: Early Promise, Long Journey Ahead

The challenges facing global food security and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers over the last year may at first appear insurmountable, yet IICI’s vital work continues to advance impactful agricultural innovations where they are needed most.
30-Oct-2023 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

The Underappreciated Role of Pods and Siliques to Developing Seeds

Plants harness energy from sunlight and carbon dioxide through a process called photosynthesis which supports the generation of carbohydrates, proteins, and oils that are stored in seeds – like a kernel of corn, a soybean, or a grain of rice.
30-Oct-2023 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

New research program seeks to predict, detect and characterize nutrient exchanges between maize and synthetic bacterial communities

ST. LOUIS, MO, October 23, 2023 — Sustainable agricultural practices are necessary to mitigate climate change and produce more food, fiber, and renewable fuels. A promising new frontier in agriculture is to promote beneficial interactions with...
23-Oct-2023 7:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

St. Louis Collaborators Launch Cultivar STL

Initiative aims to strengthen partnerships with Latin America to produce healthier and more sustainable food for people and the planet
11-Oct-2023 7:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Harnessing the Power of Perennial Plants for Sustainable Agriculture

Matthew Rubin’s research is focused on perennial plants, or “long-lived” plants, seeking to increase our understanding of these plants across their lifetime. Perennial plants offer many benefits to agriculture and our environment. They develop...
9-May-2022 10:25 AM EDT

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About The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Research, education and outreach aim to have impact at the nexus of food security and the environment, and position the St. Louis region as a world center for plant science. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

To keep up to date with Danforth Center’s current operations and areas of research, please visit, www.danforthcenter.org, featuring information on Center scientists, news and the “Roots & Shoots” blog. Follow us on Twitter at @DanforthCenter.



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