Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

St. Louis, Missouri |Biotechnology |Other

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The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri is the largest independent nonprofit plant research center in the world. Scientists at the Center are engaged in research that strives to enhance the nutritional content of plants, increase agricultural production to create a sustainable food supply, reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizer, develop new and sustainable biofuels, and generate scientific ideas and technologies that will contribute to the economic growth of the St. Louis region.

The Center employs more than 200 individuals, including 170 scientists and scientific staff, who attract an average of nearly $11 million in annual grant and contract funding awards, more than twice the plant science average. In 2011, as in years past, the Center was voted #8 among the “Best Places to Work in Academia” by The Scientist magazine.

In 2007 the Taylor family, owners of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, joined forces with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to establish the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels. The Institute’s aim is to create the next generation of alternative fuel technologies from environmentally sound plant and algal sources, thus reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on non-renewable resources. Research under the Enterprise umbrella will have environmental and economic impacts nationally and internationally, and could make the St. Louis region a focal point for this innovative field.

The Danforth Center has a strong international presence and commitment. Scientists from more than 20 different countries work at the Danforth Center and the Center has developed collaborations with educational and research institutes in Africa, China and India.

Designed and developed by Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners of London, England and Hellmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum of St. Louis, Missouri, the Danforth Center’s state-of-the-art research building was completed in 2001. The innovative space provides r



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