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.