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Feed the hungry and improve human health
Preserve and renew our environment
Enhance the St. Louis region as a world center for plant science
The needs to feed and power a growing, global community, while also preserving vital natural resources, are among the greatest global challenges of the 21st century. Sustainably providing for more than nine billion people by 2050 will require that we increase available food by at least 50%, and achieve a major shift toward renewable sources of energy.
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center focuses scientific research on the nexus of food, water and energy to improve the productivity and sustainability of agriculture, and to accelerate development of durable bioenergy. We assemble interactive teams of scientists and build best-in-class technologies. The Center then develops unique platforms to discover underlying principles about how plants work, converts that knowledge into useful crops and products, and partners with organizations that are best positioned to solve problems where they exist around the world.
This means more productive staple crops that provide better nutrition, more sustainable bioenergy crops that do not compete with food, new innovative companies, and well-trained plant scientists who will guide the next generation. The Center aims to improve human health, feed the hungry, and protect the environment through innovation and thoughtful application of science.
Scientists at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center are part of a community of individuals and organizations in St. Louis, the region and around the world with a shared commitment to use scientific expertise and technology to solve critical problems facing humanity.
The Danforth Center employs 200 individuals from more than 20 countries. Twenty scientific teams conduct basic research that will lead to improved agricultural productivity and will preserve our natural resources by reducing the need for pesticides and fertilizers, increasing the nutritional content of crops and improving resistance to drought, pests and disease.
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