Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

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Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Established1998
PresidentJames C. Carrington, PhD
ChairmanTodd R. Schnuck
Faculty25 principal investigators
Staff242 employees
Budget$30M
Endowment$300M
Location
Address975 North Warson Road
Websitewww.danforthcenter.org

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit research institute dedicated to plant science located in the Creve Coeur community of Saint Louis County, Missouri, United States. It was founded in 1998 by William Henry Danforth, chancellor emeritus of Washington University in St. Louis, and 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.

The Center's mission is to improve the human condition through plant science: to feed the hungry and improve human health; to preserve and renew the environment; and to enhance the St. Louis region as a world center for plant science.

The Center has a $30 million annual operating budget, a $300 million endowment, and 242 employees, including 25 principal investigators.[1] It is home to the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels and the International Institute for Crop Improvement.[2]

The Danforth Center Core Facilities provide scientists with access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and technology with which to speed, expand, and achieve their research endeavors.[3] These include bioinformatics, integrated microscopy, phenotyping, plant growth, proteomics and mass spectrometry, and tissue culture and transformation. Services are offered to both internal and external clients, and training/access is available to scientists interested in developing knowledge and skills.[4]

History[edit]

Founded in 1998 through the efforts of William Henry Danforth, chancellor emeritus of Washington University in St. Louis, the Center was established with 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.

The founding chairman was William Henry Danforth with Ernest G. Jaworski as director. Roger N. Beachy became the first president in 1999.

The Danforth Center building was sustainably designed by Nicholas Grimshaw and opened in October 2001.

On September 24, 2009, Beachy was appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to be the first director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).[5]

James C. Carrington, PhD, is the current president. He joined the Center in 2011.[6][7]

In June 2009 the first building of the new Bio-Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park biotechnology incubator opened on the Danforth Center campus.[8]

In April 2016, the William Henry Danforth Wing opened. It is LEED gold certified. Surrounding the buildings are six acres of reconstructed native Missouri prairie.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Principal Investigators".
  2. ^ "Research Institutes".
  3. ^ "Danforth Center Core Facilities".
  4. ^ "Core Technologies".
  5. ^ "Farm Progress". 2011.
  6. ^ "Dr. James C. Carrington".
  7. ^ "James Carrington".
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2009-06-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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