39 North Innovation District Plan Unveiled
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
(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.
Monday, December 16, 2019
(Bloomberg) New Economy Forum
The Danforth Center's collaboration with the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator was included as a new solution in 2020 at Bloomberg's second annual New Economy Forum in Beijing.
Sunday, December 15, 2019
(St. Louis Magazine) Take Care of Business
St. Louis' business scene is booming and our agtech innovation community is playing a huge role.
Friday, December 13, 2019
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Seneca Commercial Real Estate Celebrates ‘Topping Out’ of EDGE@BRDG
Benson Hill celebrated the new EDGE @ BRDG building on the Danforth Center campus with a 'Topping Out' ceremony on Tuesday, December 10.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
(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.
Friday, November 15, 2019
(Illinois Farmer Today) Ag research responds to current issues, future needs
Illinois Farmer Today spoke to principal investigator Chris Topp to discuss the industrial-scale X-ray Computed Tomography system that his lab utilizes to study roots.
Thursday, October 31, 2019
(Agri-View) Wells Fargo incubator grooms ag-tech startups
IN2 ecosystem is speeding the development and commercialization of technologies that will help the agriculture sector implement sustainable-farming solutions. Learn more in this two-part article from Agri-View.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
(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.
Friday, September 20, 2019
(The Science Breaker) Enhancing cassava for better nutrition in every bite
Researchers in the Taylor Lab have identified two genes that enables cassava to produce and store significantly more iron and zinc that remains present even when processed.
Monday, September 16, 2019
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center scientists snag $9M in funding to advance cutting-edge research
Danforth Center scientists have recently garnered more than $9 million in grant funding to support a variety of projects and a prestigious fellowship. Read the article to learn more about the exciting research that will take place.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
(St. Louis Public Radio) Danforth Center, Wash U Scientists Study Increasing Carbon Dioxide Levels On Plants
St. Louis Public Radio spoke with Keith Slotkin and Malia Gehan to discuss their latest NSF-funded research that examines how plants respond to increased carbon dioxide levels over time.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
(Brookings) To succeed in the global economy, cities must invest in what makes them unique
By creating international collaborations, 39 North has become the world's agtech innovation district. This article from Brookings shows how St. Louis and other cities are focusing on their unique regional strengths.
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Ag firm moves to Creve Coeur after landing $2.6 million investment
Aker Technologies, a current company in our Innovation Incubator, is moving its headquarters to 39 North after receiving a $2.6 million investment from Lewis & Clark Ventures.
Sunday, August 25, 2019
(University of Georgia) Graduate students in crop science fields visit leading plant science research sites in St. Louis
By touring companies like Bayer and Benson Hill, graduate students at University of Georgia got to see what makes 39 North an innovation ecosystem.
Friday, August 23, 2019
(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.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
(Milken Institute Review) Gene Editing Meets The Food Supply
Using gene editing technology, researchers in our Institute for International Crop Improvement seek to improve important staple crops to help smallholder farmers increase their yield and feed their communities. Read this article to hear from Nigel Taylor and Donald MacKenzie on the challenges and successes of working with gene-edited plants.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
(The Missouri Times) House Economic Development Committee to hear from Missouri AgTech leaders
The Danforth Center and partners attended the House Economic Development Committee hearing on supporting AgTech in Missouri. Karla Roeber, Vice President of Public and Government Affairs at the Danforth Center, spoke with The Missouri Times about our region’s bioscience innovation community.
(Spiegel) Plant Researchers Brace for Population Explosion
By 2050, we will need to double the amount of food we currently produce in order to feed our growing population. Danforth Center Principal Investigator Becky Bart spoke with Spiegel to explain how her lab is working to help solve this challenge by developing virus-resistant cassava.
Monday, July 08, 2019
(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.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
(WCAI) A More Cost-Efficient and Sustainable Way to Manufacture Narcan
Scientists in the Kutchan Lab have discovered a sustainable method to produce a lifesaving opiate antidote, Narcan, at a reduced cost. Recently Toni Kutchan was featured on WCAI's Living Lab Radio program to discuss her research.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
(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 14, 2019
(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.
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) 2 St. Louis ag firms are picked for incubator funded by Wells Fargo
Two St. Louis agtech startups, CoverCress and RNAissance Ag, have been selected to participate in the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), in partnership with the Danforth Center.
Friday, May 10, 2019
(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.
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
(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.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
(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.
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center names advisory board for Wells Fargo startup incubator
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has announced a 10-member advisory board that will help select the first agtech cohort for the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2).
(Washington University in St. Louis) Rusted root: Weedy rice repeatedly evolves ‘cheater’ root traits
Danforth Center Principal Investigator Chris Topp and researchers from Washington University in St. Louis used a new imaging technique to reveal a takeover strategy that has worked for weedy rice: roots that minimize below-ground contact with other plants.
Thursday, February 21, 2019
(Soil Science Society of America) To Bear or Not to Bear a Seed
Toby Kellogg’s study of wild grasses that are relatives of sorghum and produce non-seed bearing flowers could help plant breeders increase yield in cultivated sorghum.
Monday, February 04, 2019
(Agribusiness Academy) Why Food & Agriculture Must Embrace Digital Transformation
The Danforth Center is partnering with Wells Fargo and their innovation incubator, IN2, to address global food and agriculture challenges. Kenneth Scott Zuckerberg, Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo, spoke with Agribusiness Academy about the importance of digital transformation and innovation in meeting these challenges.
Monday, January 28, 2019
(Nature Biotechnology) Zinc and Iron Fortification in Cassava
Cassava engineered to retain more iron and zinc faces challenges before moving into fields and onto forks.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
(St. Louis Public Radio) Hotter Temperatures May Protect Soybeans From Carbon Pollution, Danforth Center Study Finds
Scientists used heaters to raise temperatures for the soybeans grown in their experiment. They found that increased heat led to lower yields but higher nutritional content in the soybeans.
Friday, November 09, 2018
(University of Missouri) Building a Bridge to Success
MU and Danforth Center collaborative agreement showcases Missouri's plant biology strength
Monday, November 05, 2018
(Science) This lily’s cousin is an ear of corn. Now, scientists know how they—and many other plants—are related
“In virtually every one of the [monocot] families, you can point to beautiful and economically and ecologically important members,” says Elizabeth Kellogg
(Nova) The Planet’s Getting Warmer. Can Plants Take the Heat?
Brief exposures to high temperatures compromise rice plants’ ability to relay genetic information.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
(St. Louis Post Dispatch) Economic Development Partnership advances $13.5 million Helix Center expansion
If finalized, the plan could help advance the Partnership’s efforts to make the area surrounding the Bayer (formerly Monsanto) campus and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center into a premier agricultural technology district.
Thursday, October 04, 2018
(AGRINEWS) Bringing the largest crop robot to ground level
It’s in St. Louis at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center that a team of scientists headed by Todd Mockler are searching for breeding keys for maximizing the bioenergy potential of sorghum.
Thursday, September 27, 2018
(Greenhouse Management) A Look Inside Plants
PET scans and X-rays can improve our understanding of plants, say researchers at two St. Louis, Missouri, institutions.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
(Agri-View) Startups share innovative solutions
Ag Innovation Showcase celebrated its 10th anniversary in September in St. Louis.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
(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.
Monday, September 24, 2018
The Bioinformatics Chat
Transposons and repeats with Kaushik Panda and Keith Slotkin
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
(St. Louis Public Radio) Innovation incubator to support ag-tech solutions to food, water, energy shortages
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will partner with the incubator, called IN2, to provide research labs and support for early stage startups.
Friday, September 14, 2018
(Agri-Pulse) Farm Hands on the Potomac - House aide Pam Miller moves to Food and Nutrition Service
Danforth Center adds New Joint Faculty Members
(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
Monday, September 10, 2018
(St. Louis Public Radio) Ag Innovation Showcase marks 10th anniversary
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.
Friday, September 07, 2018
(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, August 31, 2018
(St. Louis Public Radio) Danforth Center’s corn study could make crops more resilient to climate change
Researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center want to learn how a changing climate could affect the fertility of corn and other major crops.
Friday, August 17, 2018
(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.
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
(EQ) St. Louis Has “Agglomeration” In AgTech, According To A Brookings Report, And That’s A Good Thing
A report last week from the Brookings Institution looks at regional economic strategies surrounding industry clusters
Thursday, July 26, 2018
(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.
(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
Monday, July 02, 2018
(Ag Innovation Showcase) Keynote 2018: Dr. Mehmood Khan, MD
Dr. Mehmood Khan, MD is PepsiCo's vice chairman and chief scientific officer of Global Research and Development.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
(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.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) County accepts federal grant to redesign Lindbergh and Olive interchange
The grant will pay to redesign and construct a “folded diamond” interchange at Olive and Lindbergh boulevards
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
(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 to publicize the new agricultural technology district in St. Louis County.
Friday, June 15, 2018
(Modern Agriculture) The Future of Food and Farming
Agriculture in 2050: Big Challenges, Bigger Dreams
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
(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
Thursday, May 03, 2018
(MU Undergraduate Research)Taking Her Research to Capitol Hill
Education program, Mutant Millets inspires MU junior Sarah Gebken to grow in soil science and plant research
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
(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
(Discover Magazine) At the Cutting Edge of Plant Science
Cultivating a sustainable future through genomics and chemistry.
Monday, April 30, 2018
(The 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
Thursday, April 26, 2018
(St. Louis Business Journal) Finding space inside St. Louis' $600 million agtech industry
When it comes to agriculture technology, St. Louis has the talent.
Monday, April 23, 2018
(The Node) The people behind the papers – Sa Geng & James Umen
We caught up with the author of a new paper in Development, exploring the genetics of the process in Volvox, to hear the story behind the work.
Friday, April 13, 2018
(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.
Monday, April 02, 2018
(Genetics Society of America) On the origin of germ cells
This system offers a unique opportunity to explore the early evolution of germ cells.
Friday, March 09, 2018
(Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) Genetic Origins of the Sexes Found to be Surprisingly Modest
Research captures the earliest stages of evolution where male and female gametes first evolved
(St. Louis Public Radio) The challenge of feeding an increasing global population in a warmer, wealthier world
Allison Miller and Jason Clay joined St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh.
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
(Missouri Farm Bureau) Missouri Leading the Charge to Feed the World
Humans will need to produce more food in the next 40 years than in the previous 10,000 combined.
Friday, March 02, 2018
(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 in the budding Creve Coeur plant-science district surrounding the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
(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
(Agri-Pulse) Who is leading the charge for new precision breeding tools?
Plenty of precision breeding innovation
Thursday, February 01, 2018
(The Scientist) Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops
Plants are locked in an ancient arms race with hostile viruses, but genome editing is giving crops the upper hand.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
(Nature) The Lost Art of Looking at Plants
Advances in genomics and imaging are reviving a fading discipline
(Agri-Pulse) The Promise and Potential for New Plant Varieties
If agricultural productivity growth continues to stagnate, there will be significant ramifications for the economic vitality and environmental sustainability of food
Monday, January 22, 2018
(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 17, 2018
(FOX 2 News) Venture Cafe wants to grow St. Louis drone racing community
Throughout the evening at Venture Café Night: 39 North, First Person View (FPV) Drones Raced
Monday, January 08, 2018
(St. Louis Public Radio) St. Louis plant scientists use podcast to dig deep into the struggles of research Taproot, a Plantae Podcast Series with hosts Liz Haswell and Ivan Baxter
Researchers Liz Haswell and Ivan Baxter spend most their time trying to understand how plants function.
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
(KMOX) C-Speak Podcast: Sam Fiorello
Mark Reardon talks with Sam Fiorello on the C-Speak Podcast, the language of executives by KMOX
Saturday, December 23, 2017
(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.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
(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.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
(St. Louis Post Dispatch) Shorter winters across Missouri: Who wins, who loses?
A combination of climate change and variations in weather patterns is causing winter to shorten.
Monday, November 13, 2017
(Microscopy and Analysis) Danforth Center: A passion for plants
Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit scientific facility located in St Louis, Missouri, United States, with a mission to "improve the human condition through plant science".
Saturday, November 04, 2017
(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.
Thursday, November 02, 2017
(AGDAILY) Is the Midwest a tech hub? In the ag sector, definitely!
Deep in the darkest dirt of America’s Midwest, Wall Street capital waters the seeds of Silicon Valley technology. And the gadgets and systems once considered storylines for science-fiction films are coming up by the wagon-load as a result.
(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, October 26, 2017
(Biotechniques) Plants in the CRISPR
Blake Meyers of the Danforth Center has been using CRISPR to introduce single-nucleotide changes in plant microRNAs in Arabidopsis.
(St. Louis Public Radio) In a race to prevent hunger, Danforth researchers use CRISPR to gene-edit cassava
To prove that a new-gene editing technology could be used to alter the cassava plant, scientists in the St. Louis suburbs zeroed in on a gene used to process chlorophyll. Before long, they had petri dishes full of seedlings that were white as chalk.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
(St. Louis Business Journal) Commentary: Innovation communities, big companies and the future of St. Louis
St. Louis has been reinventing itself, quietly, as one of the nation’s brightest regions for innovation.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center given $3.4 million grant to improve corn yields
Researchers will use the five-year grant to develop new ways to predict a plant's traits from its genetic code and use that to enhance yield potential.
Monday, October 09, 2017
(St. Louis Post Dispatch) Danforth Center looks to the future of ethanol on a hot planet
Researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center think that sorghum — though still a common food grain — could provide a better alternative than the corn-based ethanol that dominates today’s domestic supply chain.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
(MU Undergraduate Research) Planting a Seed
Senior biological sciences major Alex McClelland sees a lot more than green leaves when looking at a plant; he sees a living, complex organism with habits and functions similar to those of a human being.
Monday, September 11, 2017
(St. Louis Business Journal) 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.
(TechCrunch.com) Startups focus on the microbiome as an organic solution to increase crop yields
One of the multi-billion dollar problems facing the world these days is how to grow more food.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Bayer Crop Science R&D Chief Adrian Percy to Headline Ag Innovation Showcase St. Louis
Annual gathering attracts industry leaders, investors and entrepreneurs working to develop solutions to pressing global issues
Monday, August 28, 2017
(UMSL Daily) Mechanical engineering students develop working prototypes for the Danforth Center
This summer, 23 students in the University of Missouri–St. Louis and Washington University joint program developed designs and working prototypes to solve everyday issues for researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center as part of a capstone mechanical engineering design course..
Friday, August 25, 2017
(St. Louis Business Journal) Bayer exec heading to St. Louis for Ag Showcase next month
Adrian Percy will be the keynote speaker on Sept. 12 at the Danforth Center in Creve Coeur
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
(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.
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
(Microscopy and Analysis) St Louis Special: Danforth Center
When Dr Howard Berg established the Danforth Center's Integrated Microscopy facility in 2001, his aim, as facility Director, was to provide researchers with the best instruments to image plant cells and better understand cell biology.
Monday, July 24, 2017
(UMSL Daily) REU internship at Danforth Center has UMSL student researching oilseed lipids for biofuels
Lauren Jenkins was one of 20 students out of 237 applicants to land a summer position at the facility.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
(Discover Magazine) For Funding, Scientists Turn to Unorthodox Sources
....government grants are competitive — there isn’t enough money for all the research projects out there.