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St. Louis, MO, United States

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit scientific facility located in Creve Coeur, Missouri, United States. The Center's mission is to "improve the human condition through plant science".Founded in 1998 by William Henry Danforth, a cardiologist, the Center was established through a $60 million gift from the Danforth Foundation, a $50 million gift from the Monsanto Fund, the donation of 40 acres of land from Monsanto, and $25 million in tax credits from the State of Missouri. Wikipedia.


Umen J.G.,Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Current Opinion in Microbiology | Year: 2011

Sexual reproduction in Volvocine algae coevolved with the acquisition of multicellularity. Unicellular genera such as Chlamydomonas and small colonial genera from this group have classical mating types with equal-sized gametes, while larger multicellular genera such as Volvox have differentiated males and females that produce sperm and eggs respectively. Newly available sequence from the Volvox and Chlamydomonas genomes and mating loci open up the potential to investigate how sex-determining regions co-evolve with major changes in development and sexual reproduction. The expanded size and sequence divergence between the male and female haplotypes of the Volvox mating locus (MT) not only provide insights into how the colonial Volvocine algae might have evolved sexual dimorphism, but also raise questions about why the putative ancestral-like MT locus in Chlamydomonas shows less divergence between haplotypes than expected. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Source


Patent
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center | Date: 2015-09-10

Provided are transgenic plants expressing KP6 antifungal protein and/or KP6 and polypeptides, exhibiting high levels of fungal resistance. Such transgenic plants contain a recombinant DNA construct comprising a heterologous signal peptide sequence operably linked to a nucleic acid sequence encoding these molecules. Also provided are methods of producing such plants, methods of protecting plants against fungal infection and damage, as well as compositions that can be applied to the locus of plants, comprising microorganisms expressing these molecules, or these molecules themselves, as well as pharmaceutical compositions containing these molecules. Human and veterinary therapeutic use of KP6 antifungal protein and/or KP6 and polypeptides are also encompassed by the invention.


Patent
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center | Date: 2012-03-26

DNA constructions that provide for production of potent antifungal proteins in transgenic plants and transformed yeast cells are described. Methods of using the DNA constructs to produce transgenic plants that inhibit growth of plant pathogenic fungi are also disclosed. The use of transformed yeast cells containing the DNA constructs to produce the antifungal proteins and methods of isolating the antifungal proteins are also described.


Patent
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center | Date: 2013-05-13

Provided are enhanced high yield production systems for producing terpenes in plants via the expression of fusion proteins comprising various combinations of geranyl diphosphate synthase large and small subunits and limonene synthases. Also provided are engineered oilseed plants that accumulate monoterpene and sesquiterpene hydrocarbons in their seeds, as well as methods for producing such plants, providing a system for rapidly engineering oilseed crop production platforms for terpene-based biofuels.


Patent
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and University of Missouri | Date: 2015-09-25

Provided are plants that express, or overexpress, a pPLAIII protein. Constitutive or seed-specific expression of pPLAIII protein in

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