Biotech Updates

Danforth Center to Set-Up BioSafety Resource Network

January 23, 2009

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is set to create and manage a BioSafety Resource Network (BRN) to support four research project teams under the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative. The Center received a US$5.4 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support this project which focuses on the use of appropriate technologies to increase nutrients in local crops. Results of this research will ultimately be shared with developing countries where malnutrition is a major problem.

“Success with this new initiative will provide a blueprint for other institutions and companies seeking to introduce nutritionally enhanced crops in the countries that will most benefit from approving and growing them,” said Dr. Paul Anderson, executive director of International Programs at the Danforth Center.

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