Plant Transformation Facility

Plant Transformation Facility (PTF) produces genetically engineered plants that increase our understanding of plant biology and make vital improvements in agriculture. Through this facility, our scientists can improve key characteristics, like innate drought tolerance, disease resistance, nutritional content, and yield, in economically important crops at an accelerated rate. These crop improvements result in technologies that can help feed our growing world more sustainably. 

Our plant transformation lab is setup to perform biolistic and Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. We provide full service and support for generation and maintenance of transgenic plants. It also operates as a self-service by providing high-quality workspace to meet project specific demands for researchers. In addition to providing plant transformation services to our scientists, we also work with academic and commercial institutions worldwide.

Genome Modification and Tissue Culture Services

Full-Service

  • Setaria
  • Corn
  • Sorghum
  • Soybean
  • Additional plants are available upon request

Self-Service

  • General equipment
  • Gene-Gun
  • Laminar hoods
  • Culture growth rooms
  • Media and other supplies

Consulting

  • Tissue culture
  • Transformation
  • Genome editing
  • Construct design
  • DNA delivery systems

Training

  • Scientists and students
  • Workshops
  • Internships
  • Technology Awareness

Technology Development

  • Process optimization
  • New transformation technology development

Laboratory Space and Equipment

Culture Growth Space

  • Conviron walk-in/reach-in plant growth chambers
  • Percival, temperature controlled incubators

Equipment

  • Laminar flow hoods
  • Incubator shakers
  • Spectrophotometer
  • Centrifuge
  • Dissecting microscopes
  • Inverted microscope
  • Fluorescence microscope
  • Electroporators
  • Sonicator
  • BioRad PDS-1000 gene delivery system

Media Preparation Area

  • Autoclave & dishwasher
  • Basic chemicals
  • Glassware & consumables

Request Plant Transformation Services

Facility Fees

The Plant Transformation facility offers competitive pricing for commercial and academic clients, with additional discounts for small businesses. 

For current pricing, please contact Veena Veena, Director of Plant Transformation Facility.

Plant Transformation Protocols

Meet the Team

Veena Veena, PhD, MBA

Plant Transformation Facility, Director

vveena@danforthcenter.org

Sara Chappell

Controlled Environment Specialist

schappell@danforthcenter.org

Todd Finley

Senior Research Associate

tfinley@danforthcenter.org

Preethi Vallal

Senior Laboratory Technician

pvallal@danforthcenter.org

Contact Us

Phone

314.587.1435

Fax

314.587.1535

Mail

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Plant Transformation Facility
975 N Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63132