Thomas Brutnell, Ph.D.

As the Director of the Enterprise Institute for Renewable Fuels, a primary objective of Tom’s program is to expand the research portfolio to include the use of model plant systems to accelerate gene discovery and the development of second-generation lignocellulosic feedstocks.  This work will complement ongoing algal research and provide new opportunities for forming academic and industrial partnerships.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Analysis Linking Field and Controlled Environments Reveals Key Traits Controlling Height

Discovery could help improve yield in food and bioenergy crops
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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Danforth Center Scientists Discover Gene that Influences Grain Yield

Deep sequencing impacts food and bioenergy crops
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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Increasing photosynthetic efficiency to maximize crop yield

Guest blogger, Hui Jiang explores C4 photosynthesis and biomass production in Setaria viridis.

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017

Translating and broadening the impact of scientific discoveries

From Setaria to Maize; From Bench to Local Communities
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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Raspberry Pi Jam Attracts Innovators to the Danforth Center

The Danforth Center’s third Jam featured robotics, microcomputers, art, 3D printing and other interactive displays.
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Monday, 29 August 2016

(Chemical & Engineering News) Transforming Agriculture, Again

Gene-editing with CRISPR/Cas9 accelerates trait development in crop plants.
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Partnership with Benson Hill Biosystems Focuses Efforts on Sorghum as a Next-Generation Bioenergy Source

Sorghum’s adaptability to diverse environments, low fertilizer requirements, high biomass potential and its compatibility with row crop production position it to become the premier bioenergy crop in the United States.
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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

2016 Ag Showcase Presenting Companies

Ag Showcase alumni transform ideas into practical solutions that combine humanitarian concern with commercial viability. 
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Monday, 11 July 2016

Crop Roots Enact Austerity Measures During Drought to Bank Water

With a growing world population and a changing climate, understanding how agriculturally important plants respond to drought is crucial.
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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Understanding Kranz Anatomy to Help Boost Photosynthetic Efficiency in Crops

A priority for plant scientists is to better understand the mechanisms that affect plant productivity to aid both breeding and engineering efforts aimed at increasing yield.
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Friday, 19 February 2016

(Newsweek) Genetically Modified Rice Could Withstand the Ravages of Climate Change

Over 3 billion people across the globe depend on rice for survival—it’s one of the most widely consumed food crops, providing over one-fifth of the calories consumed by humans worldwide.
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Tuesday, 02 February 2016

(EQ) How Tom Brutnell Balances Research and Application

As the global population increases, agricultural yields must increase to feed the world’s population. One man standing at the center of solving that problem is Dr. Tom Brutnell, Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of Benson Hill Biosystems and Director of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
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Tuesday, 02 February 2016

Balloons Take STEM Education Above and Beyond

HAB.education co-founder, Dustin Mayfield-Jones discusses high altitude balloons and the potential impact they could have on field data collection. 
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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

(Feed Navigator) US Researchers Seek to Boost Yield by Improving Corn's Nitrogen Use

A team of US based researchers are seeking a way to improve yields by enhancing the way corn plants utilize nitrogen.
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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center Wins USDA Grant

Danforth officials will work with the University of Illinois on the grant.
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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The Danforth Center Collaborates With the University of Illinois to Develop More Efficient Crops that Will Use Less Fertilizer to Produce More Yield

Research will focus on enhancing nitrogen use efficiency.
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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center Team Wins Share of $13.5 Million Bioenergy Grant

The five-year project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is meant to generate “strategies” to increase sorghum plant biomass and make the crop more efficient in using water and nutrients.
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Monday, 21 December 2015

U.S. Department of Energy Awards $13.5M to Enhance Sorghum for Biofuel

The Danforth Center takes part in a multi-institutional research effort to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production
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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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