Saturday, December 20, 2008

Dr. Roger Beachy and Scientist Dr Washington Carver on back to the future.

Linda Young looks over the many plants that George Washington Carver did research on that made him one of our nation’s most innovative scientists. The exhibit at the Missouri History Museum will be on display until March 1st. Photo by Wiley Price

Born in Missouri, Carver could not have known that the state’s largest region would emerge as a critical leader in the plant sciences. Roger Beachy, founding president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, said the researchers at his center are following paths blazed by Carver.
“What Carver did then is actually what we do now, what has come to be known as the greening of the future,” Beachy said. “Carver recognized that we needed to get beyond biofeuls into vital industrial uses of plants and novel industrial products like plastics, fine lubricants, oils, synthetic fibers. There are many ways to go, if you will, back to the future, back to what Dr. Carver taught us then.” Click to read an interesting article By Chris King Of the St. Louis American, St Louis MO. Thursday, December 18, 2008 2:12 AM CST