Core Facilities

Innovative plant science requires cutting-edge technologies. Our core facilities equip our scientists with state-of-the-art instrumentation and expertise to do ground-breaking research. They act as hubs of collaboration and problem-solving that accelerate discovery and innovation in all of our labs. Training opportunities within each facility enable our researchers to become cross-disciplinary plant scientists. 

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Advanced Bioimaging Laboratory

Our Advanced Bioimaging Laboratory is critical to understanding the inner workings of cells and tissues of plants and their interactions with the environment. It offers high resolution and dynamic imaging including contemporary light, confocal and electron microscopy as well as advanced sample preparation and analysis tools for our scientists.

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Data Science

Our Data Science Facility is a computing and data analytics hub that develops and deploys technologies in computational biology, computer science, mathematics, and statistics to accelerate discoveries from data and models in plant science. It provides the horsepower needed to analyze vast amounts of information - big data - critical to understanding the multi-scale form and function of plants.

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Phenotyping

Our Bellwether Foundation Plant Phenotyping Facility collaborates with Danforth Center computational scientists to integrate high-throughput robotics, imaging, computer vision and analytic technologies to measure over 1,100 plants in a custom climate-controlled platform. The facility helps our scientists identify the key traits that affect plant productivity and resilience to environmental stress.

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Plant Growth

Our Plant Growth Facility is a cutting-edge research complex providing users with access to a variety of controlled environments as well as expert horticultural services. The PGF includes over 54,000 sq. ft. of research-grade greenhouse space and 82 growth chambers equipped with advanced climate control technologies to promote discovery in fundamental plant science research and new product development.

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Plant Transformation

The Plant Transformation Facility focuses on the exploration and utilization of genetic engineering technologies to generate transgenic plants to accelerate plant biology research and crop improvement. The facility provides full-service plant transformation and plant cell biology services, training, consulting and access to state-of-the-art equipment to the plant research community.

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Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry

Our Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry facility identifies proteins, lipids and metabolites that control gene expression, perform enzymatic reactions, play a role in signaling and other cellular functions. It enables our scientists to explore complex biological systems through qualitative and quantitative proteomics, metabolomics analysis, and targeted biomolecule analyses. 

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