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The Danforth Center and the University of Missouri are strengthening their collaboration with University of Missouri and will hire four new researchers who will hold joint appointments at both institutions and tenure at MU.
The agreement will give the Danforth Center and MU increased access to each other’s resources and capabilities and will continue to advance expansion efforts at the Center.
“This is a major milestone for the Center,” Danforth Center president James C. Carrington said. “Partnering with the University of Missouri will accelerate research and education at both institutions, and provide new capabilities to translate great scientific discoveries into meaningful impact that improves people’s lives.”
Accomplished research scientists with specialties in the plant and crop sciences who can complement the current research activity and fill gaps at both the Danforth Center and MU will be recruited to fill the four positions. Two of the scientists will be housed at the Danforth Center while the other two will be housed at MU and will work on collaborative projects between Danforth and MU.
“True to its mission, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has made a positive impact around the globe, and we have been proud to be counted as one of their partners since their founding,” MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said. “This new collaboration will directly link the strengths of our two institutions and move us forward toward our mutual goals of feeding the hungry of the world and educating the next generation about plant science.”
The agreement builds on a previous partnership involving MU, the Danforth Center and seven other research centers that were awarded a $20 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation earlier this year; the funds support research to explore climate variability and the potential agricultural, ecological and social impacts on Missouri.