Rising global population, economic growth in developing countries, and societal push for sourcing energy while preserving the environment and vital natural resources, are among greatest global challenges of the 21st century. Combinatorial approaches including efficient and sustainable crop production methods, improvement by breeding and genetic engineering will play the key role in meeting these emerging challenges. Recent developments in the targeted gene-modification technologies and its use in multiple areas from functional genomics to the improvement of crop traits has highlighted the importance of plant transformation.
The Plant Transformation Facility is an integral part of the Danforth Center's core research facilities. Over the years of its existence, facility has produced transgenic plants from various plant species (e.g., tobacco, petunia, tomato, Arabidopsis, soybean, Indian mustard, maize, cassava, sweet potato, potato, green foxtail and sorghum). The facility is enabling progress in plant research by the development and optimization of transformation technologies in both model and crop plant systems. In addition, the Plant Transformation Facility provides fee-based full-service research, self-service training, access to the state-of-the-art equipment, high quality space, and consulting services to the researchers and external companies.