Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
|President||James C. Carrington, PhD|
|Chairman||Todd R. Schnuck|
|Faculty||25 principal investigators|
|Address||975 North Warson Road|
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. It is home to the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels and the International Institute for Crop Improvement.
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. 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.
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 Danforth Center building was sustainably designed by Nicholas Grimshaw and opened in October 2001.
In June 2009 the first building of the new Bio-Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park biotechnology incubator opened on the Danforth Center campus.