Public Events

(Virtual) Conversations: From the Ground to Your Gut

August 19, 2021
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Past Event

Join us for Conversations event "From the Ground to Your Gut: The Microscopic Rulers of Your Health." Within both plants and humans, microbes (bacteria, fungi, etc.) form communities called microbiomes that have a major impact on our health. In this virtual event, Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, of Washington University in St. Louis, and the Danforth Center’s Becky Bart, PhD, will guide you through these fascinating worlds. Darryl M. Chatman of the United Soybean Board moderates. Through their conversation, you will get an inside look into soil and gut microbiomes and hopefully get to know yourself—and the world—a little bit better.

This virtual event is free to the public, but registration is required.

If you have any trouble registering for the program, please contact the Development Office at 314.587.1234 or email for assistance.

The idea that a defective development of a microbiome could impair the development of bones, of the immune system, perhaps even the central nervous system. How incredibly extraordinary that our collection of microbes is so impactful?

Dr. Jeffrey Gordon on CBS 60 Minutes


Dr. Jeffrey Gordon was awarded the Danforth Award for Plant Science in 2012 for his pioneering work on the genomic and metabolic foundations of mutually beneficial host-microbial relationships. His studies of interrelationships between our gut microbiomes and diet have global implications including new strategies for developing healthier foods for a growing population, and new insights about how our rapidly evolving cultural traditions and lifestyles are impacting human biology.

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Virtual Conversations: From the Ground to Your Gut

Media Sponsors


Dr. Jeffrey Gordon

Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor

Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Becky Bart

Principal Investigator

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Darryl M. Chatman (moderator)

SVP, Governance and Compliance

United Soybean Board

What to expect

Conversations is a series of free panel discussions organized by the Danforth Center Friends Committee. Since 2003, Conversations has offered the public the opportunity to learn about the world of the Center and its partners. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conversations is currently a virtual event series. We look forward to welcoming you back in person when it is safe to do so.

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