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Company Overview of Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Company Overview

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center operates as a not-for-profit research institute. The company’s key research areas include plants to improve human nutrition and health; plant nutrition; developing resistance to disease and pests; and novel materials and bio-based products, as well as an international laboratory for tropical agricultural biotechnology. It delivers plant science solutions to meet the needs of agriculture, and human health and nutrition. The company’s researchers work in the fields of computational and structural biology, biochemistry, chemistry and phytochemistry, plant biology and genetics, cell biology, and root biology, as well as immunology, physiology, and pathology. ...

975 North Warson Road

St. Louis, MO 63132

United States

Founded in 1998

Phone:

314-587-1000

Key Executives for Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

President
Age: 54
Vice President of Development
Executive Director of International Programs
Associate Member
Associate Member
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Key Developments

Kultevat Obtains License of Gene Switch Technology from Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Kultevat has strengthened its technology portfolio by signing an exclusive license for technology developed by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to control gene expression in plants, including for applications in production of natural rubber in Taraxicum species. The technology was developed under the direction of Roger Beachy, Ph.D., chief science officer at Kultevat and former president of the Danforth Plant Science Center, and is used to introduce natural genetic elements to plants for the purpose of closely controlling seed maturation and germination. The gene switch technology controls expression of genes by use of a well-characterized chemical activator or by seed specific gene promoters that 'switch on' desired genes. The promoters control expression of genes that lead to production of plant hormones that regulate the timing of seed maturation and germination.

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Announces Board Changes

The Board of Trustees of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center elected John F. McDonnell to succeed William H. Danforth, M.D., as chairman, and added three St. Louis leaders as new trustees. McDonnell has served as the company's trustee since 2000, and as vice chairman of the board since 2007. He retired as a director of Boeing Company in 2012. Newly elected trustees include Blackford F. (Beau) Brauer, executive vice president, Hunter Engineering; Lee Broughton, head of international marketing and corporate sustainability, Enterprise Holdings; and Mark Trudeau, president and chief executive officer, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to Grow with $45 Million Expansion

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is growing, with a $45 million expansion in the works. The Danforth Center's existing building in Creve Coeur, making room for more than 100 additional researchers.

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