39 North Innovation District Plan Unveiled
Danforth Center Unveils Robust Line-up for Inaugural AgTech NEXT Summit Program addresses “Risks and Rewards” of modern agriculture and the future of food.
Tuesday, February 4, 2019 READ MORE
2020 William H. Danforth Plant Science Fellow Zachary N. Harris, third-year PhD student at Saint Louis University, has been named the 2020 William H. Danforth Plant Science Fellow.
Thursday, January 16, 2019 READ MORE
Danforth Center Announces External Advisory Board of AgTech NEXT Summit Diverse group of industry thought leaders will share expertise to help shape the event.
Tuesday, January 14, 2019 READ MORE
(Lab Manager) Cutting-Edge Technologies to Accelerate Plant Research Kirk Czymmek, director of our Advanced Bioimaging Laboratory, is using cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art instrumentation to take the ABL in a new direction.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 READ MORE
Danforth Center Launches AgTech NEXT Conference New annual gathering to connect thought leaders around emerging trends and opportunities in the food and agriculture sectors.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 READ MORE
Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Experiences the Danforth Plant Science Center On Friday, November 22, The Danforth Center hosted U.S. Representatives Lacy Clay, (D-MO) and Ted Budd, (R-NC) as part of a new initiative called the American Congressional Exchange.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 READ MORE
(The Hill) Wells Fargo incubator grows solutions to tough energy and food problems The Danforth Center is partnering with the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator to help a cohort of early-stage startups validate their technologies. Read this article to learn about the value the Danforth Center is bringing to one of the cohort companies, Aker Technologies.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 READ MORE
2019 Annual Thanksgiving Letter by William H. Danforth, Founding Chairman Our Founding Chairman, William H. Danforth, gives thanks to everyone who is playing a part in building a sustainable future.
Monday, November 25, 2019 READ MORE
Study Provides Framework For One Billion Years Of Green Plant Evolution International consortium of researchers generates gene sequences for more than 1100 plant species.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 READ MORE
(St. Louis Public Radio) Florissant Native Lands Prestigious Fellowship For Research At Danforth Center Kevin Cox, a postdoctoral associate in the Meyers Lab, was recently awarded a million dollar fellowship from Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Listen his interview with St. Louis Public Radio to learn how he hopes to inspire more kids to pursue STEM careers.
Monday, October 21, 2019 READ MORE
Improving Crops and Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists Kevin Cox, a postdoctoral associate in Blake Meyers’ lab, recently received the Hanna H. Gray Fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Read our blog to learn about the impact that this fellowship will have on his research and career as a plant scientist.
Thursday, September 12, 2019 READ MORE
U.S. Department of Energy Taps Danforth Plant Science Center for Research To Improve Sorghum as a Bioenergy Crop Andrea Eveland, Ph.D., will lead a multi-institutional project to deepen the understanding of sorghum, a versatile bioenergy crop, and its response to drought.
Monday, September 9, 2019 READ MORE
Scientists to Deploy Advances in 3D Imaging and Machine Learning to Predict the Effect of Rising CO2 Levels on Crops A unique interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and Washington University in St. Louis.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 READ MORE
Danforth Plant Science Center to Lead DOE-Funded Research to Harness Untapped Reservoir of Plant Genes in Quest for Bioenergy Crops Collaboration includes National Renewable Energy Laboratory and University of Missouri
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 READ MORE
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Missouri researchers study golf course grass to address agricultural challenges Scientists at the Danforth Center are studying golf course grasses to understand how to make plants more tolerant to saltier soils. Salty soils are continually increasing, and result in billions of dollars in production losses each year.
Friday, August 23, 2019 READ MORE
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Scientists pursue a cleaner way to produce life-saving opiate treatments Toni Kutchan and Megan Augustin spoke with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about their most recent discovery for producing a life-saving opiate antidote more sustainably and at a lower cost. Read the article to learn about the decades-long research that went into this exciting discovery.
Friday, July 5, 2019 READ MORE
New Research Reveals Sustainable Method to Produce Lifesaving
Opiate Antidotes at a Reduced Cost Cost of current method limits availability and generates harmful waste products.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 READ MORE
Danforth Center Announces New Director of Integrated Microscopy Facility
Facility to develop, integrate advanced imaging capabilities for plant science.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 READ MORE
(Farm Progress) Innovative program gives ag startups a boost
The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory are partnering with the Danforth Center to fund their first cohort of agtech startups. The program has the potential to bridge the funding gap between discovery and commercialization.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 READ MORE
(St. Louis Business Journal) First startups named for Danforth Center/Wells Fargo agtech incubator
The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) announced their first agtech cohort, which includes two companies that are local to St. Louis and the 39 North district.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 READ MORE
Wells Fargo Funded Innovation Incubator Selects First Cohort of Agtech Startups Focused on Sustainable Solutions
Partnership with Danforth Plant Science Center seeks to accelerate technologies that focus on sustainable farming solutions to improve harvests and protect natural resources.
Monday, May 13, 2019 READ MORE
(St. Louis Business Journal) First look: 39 North innovation district unveils renderings for proposed main street
39 North strives to become more pedestrian-friendly with a potential redesign of Old Olive Road.
Friday, May 10, 2019 READ MORE
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Benson Hill Biosystems to build new HQ in plant science district with plans to grow to 300 people
Benson Hill Biosystems announced its plan to make St. Louis and 39 North its official headquarters by celebrating a ceremonial groundbreaking at the future site for a 160,000 sq. ft. building.
Wednesday, May 08, 2019 READ MORE
(Thrive Global) 4 Ways I Prepared to Move to a New City and Find My Dream Job After I Got There
St. Louis’ reputation as a center for agtech and innovation was one of the reasons Keith Duncan moved to the city looking for a new position - and ended up landing his dream job.
Friday, April 12, 2019 READ MORE
Danforth Center Announces All-Star Board To Pick First IN2 Agtech Cohort
The IN2 Food, Energy, Water Nexus External Advisory Board brings together experts from the academic, business, government and philanthropic sectors. Monday, April 8, 2019 READ MORE
High Pressure Freezing Technique Paired with Electron Microscopy and Tomography Reveals Previously Unknown Mycorrhizal Compartment This discovery may be key to understanding nutrient and water uptake in crops. Wednesday, February 13, 2019 READ MORE
New Research Characterizes the Evolution of Genetic Pathway for Reproductive Fitness in Flowering Plants Previously, this pathway was thought to be present only in grasses. Monday, February 11, 2019 READ MORE
Danforth Center Announces New Board Chair Todd R. Schnuck, chairman and chief executive officer of Schnuck Markets, Inc., has been elected to serve as the new chairman of the Center's board of directors. Wednesday, January 30, 2019 READ MORE
Cassava High In Iron and Zinc Could Improve Diets and Health In West Africa Field-grown cassava plants overexpressing a combination of plant genes can accumulate significantly higher concentrations of iron and zinc. Monday, January 28, 2019 READ MORE
TechAccel and Danforth Center Launch New Company to Control Insects New technology aims to dramatically reduce crop losses. Thursday, January 24, 2019 READ MORE
Rising Temperatures May Safeguard Crop Nutrition as Climate Changes Hotter temperatures may offset the negative effects of higher carbon dioxide levels on seed quality, according to a two-year soybean field study. Tuesday, January 22, 2019 READ MORE
Danforth Center and Boeing Team Up to Cultivate the Next Generation of Scientists Through Hands-On STEM Education Danforth Center receives support to expand STEM education program Wednesday, January 2, 2019 READ MORE
(Farm Futures) 4 ways tech will transform your farm: Part one in a series CRISPR? Robots? Ag’s latest buzzwords will revolutionize how you farm — sooner than you think.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 READ MORE
Burst of Morning Gene Activity Tells Plants When to Flower “This work showed us that plants are integrating many different signals together when making the critical decision of when to flower,” Dr. Nusinow said.
Monday, September 24, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center partners with Wells Fargo to expand company’s incubator program Partnership to advance solutions aimed at the interconnection of food, water and energy
Friday, September 14, 2018 READ MORE
The Ag Innovation Showcase launched by the Danforth Center in 2009 has helped put St. Louis on the map as an ag tech hub for scientists, entrepreneurs and investors.
Monday, September 10, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Business Journal) 12 companies presenting at next week’s Ag Innovation Showcase Among the presenting agtech and food companies is Plastomics, which is based at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Friday, September 7, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Business Journal) How St. Louis became the heart of global agtech "39 North is an extension of Dr. Danforth’s vision to make St. Louis a world center for plant science and innovation,” said Sam Fiorello, COO, Danforth Center and president of BRDG Park.
Friday, August 17, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center partners with Saint Louis University “We are excited for Allison to join us as a joint faculty member with SLU,” Jim Carrington, president of the Danforth Center, said in a statement.
Thursday, August 16, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Joint SLU, Danforth scientist expands research collaboration “I am delighted for the opportunity to bridge SLU and the Danforth Center through a joint appointment,” Miller said in a statement.
(WIRED) European Ruling Could Slow Africa’s Push For Crispr Crops Many European scientists cheered back in January when it seemed the court of the European Union would ease its restrictions on gene-editing technology in food.
Thursday, July 26, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Public Radio) Brookings touts agtech cluster in St. Louis After two decades of building, the region’s agricultural technology cluster is poised to take off
(EQ) From Science Research To IoT Device Design: Plant Analytics Startup Grows With Arch Grants Dr. Nadia Shakoor is pioneering the future of agriculture and plant research with an IoT-enabled phenotyping and data collection device. She opens up about her debut in the business world.
Thursday, June 28, 2018 READ MORE
(Modern Agriculture) The Future of Food and Farming Agriculture in 2050: Big Challenges, Bigger Dreams
Friday, June 15, 2018 READ MORE
(Innovation City) Dr. Jim Carrington on Innovation City Innovation City gives you an inside look at how rapidly business and culture are changing thanks to increasing diversity and inclusion
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Banners tout St. Louis County's new 39 North agricultural technology district Banners attached to streetlight poles were added Tuesday along Olive Boulevard for 39 North
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Sugarcane research company to open North American headquarters in St. Louis The world’s largest sugarcane technology company selects BRDG Park
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 READ MORE
CTC Genomics selects St. Louis as the site of its North American research headquarters Brazilian Ag Bio Firm Specializes in Sugarcane
(New York Times) How a Rose Blooms: Its Genome Reveals the Traits for Scent and Color Study marks a new “democratization” of plant research resulting from more widely available, affordable and detailed genome sequencing
Monday, April 30, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center to take discoveries to market with new hire Don MacKenzie is tasked overseeing the regulatory processes to bring the Danforth Center's technologies to market.
Friday, April 13, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) 39 North plant science district gets trail, road planning funds Plans are in motion to rework roads and improve incubator space
Friday, March 2, 2018 READ MORE
(Ag Professional) The Future of Ag Tech in the Midwest
The development of new technology in agriculture has helped encourage young people
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 READ MORE
(Agri-Pulse) Who is leading the charge for new precision breeding tools?
Plenty of precision breeding innovation
(St. Louis Public Radio) St. Louis plant scientists use podcast to dig deep into the struggles of research
Researchers Liz Haswell and Ivan Baxter spend most their time trying to understand how plants function.
Monday, January 8, 2018 READ MORE
(HEC-TV) New Smart Crop-Monitoring Platform Alerts Farmers & Growers About Their Crops
Researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have created a crop phenotyping station called the PheNode.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 READ MORE
(KMOX) C-Speak Podcast: Sam Fiorello
Mark Reardon talks with Sam Fiorello on the C-Speak Podcast, the language of executives by KMOX
Friday, December 29, 2017 READ MORE
(Talking Biotech Podcast) Control of Aflatoxin in Groundnut
Dilip Shah and a team of researchers worked to devise a multi-faceted plan to protect groundnut from fungal infections.
Saturday, December 23, 2017 READ MORE
(MIT Technology Review) These Are Not Your Father's GMOS
A new wave of gene-edited crops are dodging regulators, and they're about to reach stores.
Thursday, December 21, 2017 READ MORE
New Hire to Advance Human Resources
Danforth Center Welcomes Anna Dibble
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 READ MORE
(Forbes) Collaboration Provides Hope In The Battle Against Mycotoxin Induced Cancer In The Developing World
There is new hope for a solution to this vexing health issue based on a recent collaboration between groups of scientists in the US and in India.
Saturday, November 4, 2017 READ MORE
(AgFunder News) Is St. Louis the Silicon Valley of Agtech?
St. Louis has worked hard to be a magnet for Fortune 500 companies. Nine members of this elite class call the city home, not the least of which is multinational agricultural giant Monsanto.
Thursday, November 2, 2017 READ MORE
DuPont Pioneer and Danforth Center Collaborate to Apply Cutting-Edge Technologies to Improve Crops for Smallholder Farmers
The suite of technologies DuPont Pioneer is providing to the project is revolutionary
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 READ MORE
National Science Foundation Funds Multi-Institutional Project to Improve Harvests of One of the Most Important Crops in U.S. Agriculture
Danforth Center Receives $3.4M to Improve Maize Architecture
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 READ MORE
U.S. Department of Energy Awards Danforth Center $16M to Enhance Sorghum for Bioenergy A multi-institutional research effort aims to optimize photosynthesis and water use efficiency
Monday, October 2, 2017 READ MORE
TechAccel Invests in Unique Sprayable RNAi Pesticide Technology First “Path to Commercialization” Grant Awarded to Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Monday, September 11, 2017 READ MORE
Why a St. Louis event could be one of agtech’s biggest disruptors: 4 questions with Bayer's R&D head
Monday marks the start of the ninth annual Ag Innovation Showcase.
Monday, September 11, 2017 READ MORE
The Future of Agriculture is Center Stage at Ag Innovation Showcase
Bees, new food sources and machine learning are leading trends
Thursday, August 31, 2017 READ MORE
(St. Louis Business Journal) Greitens touts Israeli relationship as economic generator
St. Louis is already home to a number of Israeli-founded companies that have moved to the area thanks to GlobalSTL, an initiative started and organized by BioSTL several years ago.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 READ MORE
Analysis Linking Field and Controlled Environments Reveals Key Traits Controlling Height
Discovery could help improve yield in food and bioenergy crops
Monday, July 10, 2017 READ MORE
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020On February 3, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center hosted BioBash, a career networking and job fair event for life scientists.