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Thomas Brutnell, Ph.D.

Solving the world’s food, feed and biofuels challenges requires multiple approaches and a diversity of skills.  At the Danforth Center, scientists collaborate to develop new technologies, new model systems and new analytical approaches to tackle these problems.  This intellectual excitement is perhaps only equaled by the promise of achieving our goals for food and energy security.

Tuesday, 01 December 2015

Efforts to ‘Turbocharge’ Rice and Reduce World Hunger Enter Important New Phase

A long-term project aimed at improving photosynthesis in rice is entering its third stage, marking another step on the road to significantly increased crop yields that will help meet the food needs of billions of people across the developing world.
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Friday, 28 August 2015

(AgFunder) How the ‘Rockstar’ Scientists at The Photosynthesis Company Benson Hill Raised $7.3m Series A

The 'rockstars' are the co-founders of Benson Hill Biosystems, the biotech company that is developing crop traits to improve crop productivity through photosynethis.
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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

(St. Louis Business Journal) Agtech Startup Benson Hill Raises $7 Million

Benson Hill is focused on photosynthesis as a pathway to improving crop production.
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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Benson Hill Biosystems Secures $7.3 Million Series A Financing

From Coast to Coast, Investors Support an Agricultural Solutions Company
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Monday, 13 October 2014

New Discovery Will Enhance yield and quality of Cereal and Bioenergy Crops

A team of scientists led by Thomas Brutnell, Ph.D., have developed a new way of identifying genes that are important for photosynthesis in maize, and in rice
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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

A Postdoc Explores Plant Hormones

Christine Shyu is a postdoctoral associate in Dr. Tom Brutnell’s lab, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Danforth Center. Christine’s research focuses on how plants hormones affect the plants response to developmental and environmental cues and how they determine if and how plants should grow or defend.
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Tuesday, 01 October 2013

Methods for Performing Crosses in Setaria viridis, a New Model System for the Grasses

Setaria viridis is an emerging model system for C4 grasses. It is closely related to the bioenergy feed stock switchgrass and the grain crop foxtail millet. Recently, the 510 Mb genome of foxtail millet, S. italica, has been sequenced and a 25x coverage genome sequence of the weedy relative S. viridis is in progress. 
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Thursday, 19 September 2013

(St. Louis Business Journal) Bioscience company with St. Louis ties to present at Ag Innovation Showcase

The Ag Innovation Showcase at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, which attracts some of the biggest names technology and bioscience, isn’t until September. But the list of startup companies set to present to investors has officially been released.
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Thursday, 19 September 2013

(International Innovation- North America) Adaptive Agriculture

Dr. Thomas Brutnell expands on his continued research into the genetic makeup of crop plants such as maize. In this enlightening interview, he illuminates how a more complete picture could have an impact on not only genetic engineering but, ultimately, the future of agriculture.


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Thursday, 19 September 2013

(St. Louis Business Journal) Plant startups likely to get boost at Ag Innovation Showcase

Nineteen plant science startups will showcase their technology and make pitches to investors this week at the fifth annual Ag Innovation Showcase in St. Louis.
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Friday, 27 July 2012

(St. Louis Business Journal) Hungry for growth

Brian Cassidy - Monsanto’s David Fischhoff worked on first-generation products commercialized in the ‘90s.Agritech fuels St. Louis economy: 16,500 workers, 400 companies account for $75 billion in revenue Premium content from St. Louis Business Jou ...
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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

(BiofuelsDigest) Yabba Dabba Rabba Dopsis: A coming revolution in crop yields during times of drought?

Jim Lane | July 25, 2012 Can new computational power, souped-up genetic knowledge and fresh algorithms usher in a new era in crop yields, and resistance to disease and drought? Will a new model plant revolutionize energy grasses and food crops, and ...
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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

(St. Louis Beacon) Danforth researchers will do more than watch the grass grow with new DOE grant

In InnovationSTL, ByDavid Baugher, special to the Beacon 7:55 am on Tue, 07.24.12 If, amid this summer’s sweltering heat and parching lack of rain, there was one ironic thought that might sum up the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center’s latest gr ...
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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

(KSDK/Channel 5 News-NBC) Drought resistant crop study

Drought resistant crops will be the focus of a new studybeing conducted by researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a five-year, $12.1 million grant to the Danforth Center and collaborators at ...
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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

(Genomeweb Daily News) Danforth Center Leads $12M DOE Bioenergy Study

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter - July 18, 2012 NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A research group led by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis will use a $12.1 million grant from the US Department of Energy to conduct genomics-driven resear ...
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Monday, 16 July 2012

(St. Louis Today) Danforth Center part of biofuel study

BY TIM BRYANTstltoday.com | Posted: Monday, July 16, 2012 4:11 pm The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is among five recipients of a $12.1 million federal grant to develop drought-tolerant grass as a sustainable source of biofuel. Developing bi ...
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Monday, 16 July 2012

(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Plant Science Center gets $12 million grant to study bioenergy crops

St. Louis Business Journal by Matthew Hibbard, Reporter Date: Monday, July 16, 2012, 11:26am CDT The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Latest from The Business Journals 7 Questions with Jim McKelvey of Square I ...
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Monday, 16 July 2012

Danforth Plant Science Center Awarded $12 million to Study Drought as part of the effort to Develop Next Generation Bioenergy Grasses

Grant supports expansion of research at the Enterprise Institute for Renewable Fuels   ST. LOUIS, MO, July 16, 2012 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a five year, $12.1 million grant to researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Cen ...
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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

(St. Louis Beacon) For farmers dealing with early drought, all bets are off

In Science, By Nick Fandos, Beacon intern - July 11, 2012 Commercial agriculture is a gamble, and farmers spend most of the year hedging their bets. In Missouri and Illinois, that means deciding when to plant, how much seed to put down, what propo ...
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Friday, 01 June 2012

(The Scientist) Food for Thought

Plant research remains grossly underfunded, despite the demand for increased crop production to support a growing population. By Tom Brutnell and Wolf B. Frommer | June 1, 2012 STOCK.XCHNG, BOSELAIn 1969 the world watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Al ...
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