Local Pride, Global Impact

Since 1998, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has brought nearly 300 scientists from more than 20 different countries together to answer humanity’s most profound challenges. Today the Danforth Center is the largest organization of its kind, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit founded to improve the human condition through plant science.

Our Mission

Improve the human condition through plant science.

 

 

 

Our Vision

We seek to feed the hungry and improve human health, while preserving and renewing our environment. Through our endeavors, we will enhance the St. Louis region as a world center for plant science.

Our History

Science in the Service of Humanity

The Danforth Center is a diverse community of coworkers with a shared commitment to improve the human condition through plant science. Nearly 300 scientists from more than 20 different countries work in teams focused on research at the nexus of food, energy, and the environment. We believe in the power of science to lift families, communities, and nations from poverty and empower people everywhere to enjoy better health and a higher quality of life.

A Legacy of Excellence

Located in St. Louis, Missouri, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center was founded in 1998 to apply the highest level of plant science to solving the critical challenges confronting humanity. Dr. William H. Danforth was the founding chairman, and the Center was named after Dr. Danforth’s late father, Donald Danforth, former chief executive of Ralston Purina. The main building opened in 2001, and the William H. Danforth Wing was dedicated in 2016. Today, the Danforth Center is the largest independent non-profit institute dedicated to plant science in the world.