Danforth Plant Science Center Broadens International Reach

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced today that it will expand its international crop research efforts through a newly formed institute.

The center, founded in 1998, has long focused its research efforts on enhancing virus and disease resistance and improving nutrition in staple crops in Africa. But the new Institute for International Crop Improvement will enhance the center’s efforts on additional crops in more countries, including the Philippines, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

The new crops include common beans, millet, sorghum and cowpeas, which are drought resistant and valuable to subsistence farmers, but have little value in the global marketplace and don’t receive the same kind of research attention and resources as commodity crops, such as corn or soybeans.

Read more on St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


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