An essential part of plant science is understanding how plants respond to their environment. One way our scientists can measure this is by monitoring a plant’s phenotype, such as leaf size and shape, root structure, growth rate in particular conditions, and more. In our Phenotyping Facility, the first of its kind at an academic research institute in the U.S., our scientists are able to gather an unprecedented amount of data about the plants they are studying. This data is used to develop improved and sustainable crops that are better able to withstand conditions like drought and extreme temperatures.

Phenotyping Facility & Services


Facility Fees

The Phenotyping Facility offers competitive pricing for commercial and academic clients, with additional discounts for small businesses. For current pricing, please contact Ivan Baxter, Interim Director of the Plant Phenotyping Facility.

Meet the Team

Katie Murphy

Director of Phenotyping and Principal

Leonardo Chavez

Administrative Laboratory Manager

Joseph Duenwald

Phenotyping Technician

Contact Us




Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
The Bellwether Foundation Phenotyping Facility
975 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63132