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Dig This Field Trip: MAC Students Journey to Danforth Plant Science Center

PARK HILLS – As the need for sustainable food and food sources grows along with the world’s population, AgTech continues to be a booming industry of research and employment. To that end, Mineral Area College’s genetics class took a field trip to the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, March 31.

The facility is a non-for profit plant science research facility that employs more than 200 people worldwide. Its stated mission is to “Improve the Human Condition Through Plant Science: Feed the hungry and improve human health; Preserve and renew the environment; (and) Enhance the St. Louis region as a world center for plant science.”

Dr. Stephanie Knebel, MAC assistant professor of life sciences, said the students were excited to see various high-tech research labs and equipment during the tour.

“The students were amazed at the level of technology at the Danforth Center. They had the opportunity to see experiments involving everything from molecular biology, phenotyping, and bioinformatics,” Knebel said. “All these topics are covered in our General Genetics class. It was a great experience for students to eyewitness direct applications of what they are learning.”

During the tour, students toured labs, watched experiments being conducted, and got a mini-lesson in electron microscopy from their tour guide, Danforth Research Scientist Dr. Sandra Arando-Caro.

For more information about the MAC Science Department programs and classes, call 573-431-4593 or check out www.MineralArea.edu.

Mineral Area College’s genetics class took a field trip to the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis on March 31. During the tour, students got a mini-lesson in electron microscopy from their tour guide, Danforth Research Scientist Dr. Sandra Arando-Caro, right. The students pictured are, from left: Amanda Hahn, Robert Brewer, Dawson Bennett, and Jared Mercer.

Mineral Area College’s genetics class took a field trip to the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis on March 31. During the tour, students got a mini-lesson in electron microscopy from their tour guide, Danforth Research Scientist Dr. Sandra Arando-Caro, right. The students pictured are, from left: Amanda Hahn, Robert Brewer, Dawson Bennett, and Jared Mercer.

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