Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Research, education and outreach aim to have impact at the nexus of food security and the environment, and position the St. Louis region as a world center for plant science.

The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Articles

Putting the Health of the Region’s Tech Economy into Perspective

Snapshot of St. Louis Tech Economy and Region

St. Louis Manufacturing: Tradition and New Direction

7 Universities Team Up to Launch Taylor Geospatial Institute

STL AgTech Ecosystem Partners to Offer 5 Arch Grants to AgriFoodTech Startups

Danforth Plant Science Center launches its own startup company to commercialize its research

Nadia Shakoor Building Weather Station for Plants

Danforth Entrepreneur is Developing Solar Powered Drone Farming Solutions

St. Louis Startup News Round-up: Denim and Pluton Raise Millions

Danforth Center Spinout Benson Hill Goes Public; the Second “Unicorn” in St. Louis

Danforth Center Scientist Partners on $6.2M Climate Change Project

Kansas City Agtech Startup expands to St. Louis

Danforth Plant Science Center to Launch Geospatial Innovation Center

Danforth Center Wins $1.5 Million Federal Grant

Danforth Center Plans Institute for Restoration of Human-impacted Landscapes

7 Insights From EQ’s Ag Innovation Roundtable at STL Startup Week

Benson Hill Biosystems Names St. Louis As Headquarters, Announces Expansion Plans

Innovation Hall to Open Doors to the Public at Kinesis Afterparty

The Ag Innovation Showcase looks to the Future of Farming and Food

St. Louis AgTech Accelerator Growing into Global Influencer

St. Louis Has “Agglomeration” In AgTech, According To A Brookings Report, And That’s A Good Thing

From Science Research to IoT Device Design: Plant Analytics Startup Grows With Arch Grants

Danforth Center Awarded $16MM to Enhance Sorghum for Bioenergy

Blue Orb

BlueOrb Wants to Make Us Healthier Through Safe, Smart Crops

Chris Danforth

Meet Chris Danforth: General Partner Cultivation Capital Life Sciences Fund


Conceiving CORTEX (Early years 2000-2002): Building a New Innovation District in St. Louis

St. Louis’s Plant Science Innovation District: 39 North

39 North Plant Science District

St. Louis’ Plant Science Innovation District to Be Called 39 North

Can Spending Money on Trails and Density Grow Tech Jobs in St. Louis County?

Lewis & Clark Ventures Raises $20 Million for Agriculture Technology

Cliff Holekamp: Startup Founder, Educator, Connector, Evangelist

Israeli Company NRGene Chooses St. Louis for U.S. Headquarters

TechShop Sees Success with National Partnerships

That’s Life (Sciences)

Bio STL Global STL EQ

International Affair

Third Annual Arcus Awards Honor Area Leaders, Companies

Startup News

Architectural Planning Works Starts on Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Tom Brutnell

How Tom Brutnell Balances Plant Science Research with Industry Applications

Glow In The Dark Plants: Disrupting Lighting with Plant Genomics and Alexander Krichevsky