Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

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Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Danforth Center2.jpg
Danforth Center Building
Established 1998
President James C. Carrington, Ph.D.
Chairman John F. McDonell
Faculty 20 principal investigators
Staff 223 employees
Location Creve Coeur, Missouri, USA
Address 975 North Warson Road

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit scientific research institute located in Creve Coeur, Missouri, United States. The Center's mission is to "improve the human condition through plant science".

Founded in 1998 by William Henry Danforth, chancellor emeritus of Washington University in St. Louis, the Center was established through a $60 million gift from the Danforth Foundation, a $50 million gift from the Monsanto Fund, the donation of 40 acres of land from Monsanto, and $25 million in tax credits from the State of Missouri.


Established in 1998, the Danforth Center building opened in October 2001 and hosts shared facilities and instrumentation (core technology groups) for automated plant phenotyping, bioinformatics, mass spectrometry, microscopy, tissue culture, and plant growth.[1]

James C. Carrington, Ph.D. is the current president.[2][3] The center has a $30 million annual operating budget and more than 240 employees, including around twenty Principal Investigators.[4]

The Danforth Center is home to the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels and the International Institute for Crop Improvement.[5]

In June 2009 the first building of the new Bio-Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park biotechnology incubator opened on the Danforth Center campus.[6]


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Coordinates: 38°40′27″N 90°23′48″W / 38.67411°N 90.39671°W / 38.67411; -90.39671