Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Professor Tom Brutnell Tom is Director of  the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels at Danforth. His research is focused on understanding photosynthetic differentiation and in particular, identifying the transcriptional networks that drive C4 photosynthetic development. Applications of this research include improving photosynthetic efficiencies in emerging bioenergy feedstocks such as Miscanthus and switchgrass, as well as improving yield in existing C4 crops such as maize, sorghum and sugarcane.