39 North Innovation District Plan Unveiled
The Science in Our Food
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
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, December 10, 2019
Danforth Center Launches AgTech NEXT Conference
New annual gathering to connect thought leaders around emerging trends and opportunities in the food and agriculture sectors.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
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, September 18, 2019
Danforth Center Expands Advanced Bioimaging Laboratory
New cutting-edge technologies will accelerate discovery.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Post-Doctoral Associate Named Prestigious Hanna H. Gray Fellow and Receives $1.4 Million Award to Accelerate His Career in Plant Science
Kevin Cox was named one of only 15 Hanna H. Gray Fellows by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in Chevy Chase, MD.
Monday, September 09, 2019
U.S. Department of Energy Taps Danforth Plant Science Center for Research To Improve Sorghum as a Bioenergy Crop
Danforth Center Principal Investigator, 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.
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Scientists to Deploy Advances in 3D Imaging and Machine Learning to Predict the Effect of Rising CO2 Levels on Crops
Research could result in a unique model that helps predict the lasting effects of environmental challenges on a plant’s genome and physical growth.
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
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, June 11, 2019
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.
Danforth Center Announces New Director of Integrated Microscopy Facility
Facility to develop, integrate advanced imaging capabilities for plant science.
Monday, May 13, 2019
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.
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Growing Ag and Food Tech Company Establishes St. Louis Headquarters with Expanded Footprint
Benson Hill and partners plan new facility and intend to bring hundreds of jobs to St. Louis
Monday, April 08, 2019
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.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
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.
Monday, February 11, 2019
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.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
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 chair of the Center's board of directors.
Monday, January 28, 2019
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.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
TechAccel and Danforth Center Launch New Company to Control Insects
New technology aims to dramatically reduce crop losses.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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.
Wednesday, January 02, 2019
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
Monday, September 24, 2018
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.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator Expands Focus to Include the Food-Water-Energy Interconnection
Program enlists Danforth Plant Science Center as strategic partner to validate sustainable agriculture technologies
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Danforth Plant Science Center and University of Missouri Strengthen Regional Research and Education with New Joint Appointments
Strategic Partnership Attracts Leaders in Plant Genome Editing and Epigenetics
Friday, August 31, 2018
Danforth Center Selected to Participate in NSF’s “10 Big Ideas, Understanding the Rules of Life” Research Effort
Awards will help researchers determine the relationship between genes and their functions in organisms
Thursday, August 30, 2018
NSF Invests in Collaborative Research to Improve Key Crops’ Resilience to Higher Temperatures
Research addresses concerns about reduced harvests of corn and other cereal grasses
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Danforth Center and Saint Louis University Establish Joint Faculty Partnership
Partnership expands research and graduate training programs
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
CTC Genomics selects St. Louis as the site of its North American research headquarters
Brazilian Ag Bio Firm Specializes in Sugarcane
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Danforth Center Announces New Executive Director of the Institute for International Crop Improvement
Donald MacKenzie to lead effort to deliver improved crops where they are needed most
Thursday, March 08, 2018
Study Sheds Light on the Genetic Origins of the Two Sexes
Research captures the earliest stages of evolution where male and female gametes first evolved
Thursday, March 01, 2018
2017 Danforth Center NSF Intern receives First Place Honors
2017 Danforth Center NSF Intern receives First Place Honors at 2018 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Washington, DC
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
US Bank Supports Danforth Center’s Efforts to Strengthen Innovation Economy
Grant will assist the Center’s focus on strengthening the St. Louis region as a bioscience powerhouse
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
NIH Invests in Collaborative Research to Understand Mechanisms Controlling Cell Division
Research may yield insights into how cell division is controlled in more complex organisms
Thursday, January 04, 2018
Danforth Center Scientists Uncover a Genetic Mechanism that Could Enhance Yield Potential in Cereal Crops
Precise Regulation of Plant Hormones in Early Reproductive Development as a Target for Yield Increases
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Danforth Center Receives Significant Support from Boeing for Science Education and Outreach
New generous investment will assist expansion of STEM training in the region.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
New Hire to Advance Human Resources
Danforth Center Welcomes Anna Dibble
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Toni Kutchan Elected as Fellow of AAAS
Toni Kutchan, Ph.D. named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Thursday, November 16, 2017
TechAccel Invests in New Class of Antifungal Technology to Protect Crop Yields
Second “Path to Commercialization” Grant Awarded to Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
Scientists Develop Groundnut Resistant to Aflatoxin
Discovery could reduce food waste and improve trade
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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
Monday, September 11, 2017
TechAccel Invests in Unique Sprayable RNAi Pesticide Technology
First “Path to Commercialization” Grant Awarded to Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Thursday, August 31, 2017
The Future of Agriculture is Center Stage at Ag Innovation Showcase
Bees, new food sources and machine learning are leading trends
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Drought Response in Global Crops may be as Complex as Day and Night
Pioneering study makes important advances in understanding how plants respond to water stress
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
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
18 Transformative Early-Stage Companies from 4 Countries Selected to Present
2017 Ag Innovation Showcase
Friday, June 16, 2017
TechAccel Expands with Office Location at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
AgTech Firm Leases Space for Further Collaboration & Science Advancement Research
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Edison Agrosciences Licenses Technology from the Danforth Center
New Software provides an Alternative Method for Identifying Relevant Genes
Monday, April 17, 2017
Danforth Center Scientists Discover Gene that Influences Grain Yield
Deep sequencing impacts food and bioenergy crops
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Danforth Center Scientist Receives Awards from American Society of Plant Biologists
Blake Meyers is the 2017 Recipient of the Charles Albert Shull Award
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Danforth Center Contributes TechShop Memberships
District Teachers and Students to Benefit
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Danforth Center Expands Major Research Program to Benefit Farmers in the Developing World
Sorghum is an ideal crop to meet the predicted doubling of global demand for food and fuel by 2050 with less impact on the environment.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
International Collaboration Receives Grant to Advance Improvements in Cassava Harvests and Nutrition for Smallholder Families in Sub-Saharan Africa
Virus-resistant and nutritionally-enhanced Cassava for Africa.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
St. Louis County Executive Unveils 39 North AgTech District
St. Louis County will have a new AgTech innovation district to build on the area’s leadership position in this field and to attract startups and AgTech companies from around the world.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
TechAccel and Danforth Plant Science Center Announce Strategic Partnership to Advance Ag Innovation to Meet Global Challenges
$250,000 Grant Will Provide Capital to Advance and Commercialize Projects
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Danforth Plant Science Center Develops Versatile Field Phenotyping to Benefit Farmers
Solar-powered PheNode is set for investment stage.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Discovery of Carbon Storage Signaling Mechanism in Algae Offers New Potential for Sustainable Biofuel Production
Algae with altered intracellular signaling have increased oil yields.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
New Discoveries Offer Critical Information for Improving Crop Yield
Danforth Center research is addressing environmental issues related to production agriculture.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Cutting Edge Plant Technology Inspires the Danforth Center's Fall Symposium
The event will focus on Genetics and Genomics approaches to enhance crop productivity.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
National Science Foundation Supports Stony Creek Colors and Danforth Center Collaboration for Bio-based Indigo Business Project
From seed to closet, transforming the fashion industry through plant science.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Ag Conference Presents an Ecosystem of Innovation
Ag Innovation Showcase opens for its eighth year with a bang in social impact, women-led companies, gene editing and the farmers’ perspective on agtech.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Mizzou and Danforth Center Leaders to be Featured at the Conversations Program
Let’s Talk About… People, Plants and Partnerships: The Mizzou Connection
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Danforth Plant Science Center and Valent BioSciences will Collaborate in Unique Root Science Initiative
Master Agreement will focus on improving agriculture with non-destructive imaging technology for root growth dynamics.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Benson Hill Biosystems and Danforth Plant Science Center Partner to Create Sustainable Sources of Bioenergy
CropOS™ Cloud Biology Platform Tapped to Advance Sustainable Crop Development
Monday, June 13, 2016
United States Golf Association Taps Danforth Center To Improve Course Sustainability
Research will advance the development of salt-tolerant turf varieties.
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Illumina Announces Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to Receive Agricultural Greater Good Initiative Grant to Improve Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa
Project Leverages HiSeq X Ten System to Accelerate Grain Sorghum Breeding.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Mapping a Path to Improved Cassava Production
Comparative analysis highlights impacts of previous breeding programs on cassava genome.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Danforth Center Dedicates New Wing in Honor of William H. Danforth
Expansion to accelerate outcomes and impact of plant science research and innovation.
Monday, April 04, 2016
Danforth Center Expands with New Principal Investigators
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is growing with the addition of two principal investigators.
Friday, April 01, 2016
Discovery of Cellular Counting Mechanism Used for Size Control in Algae with Links to Cancer Genetic Pathway
Cell size is a critical trait for improved yields of algal biofuels.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Danforth Center Names 2016 William H. Danforth Plant Science Fellow
Alexandra Asaro, a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis has been named the 2016 William H. Danforth Plant Science Fellow.
Monday, March 14, 2016
Scientists Using Crowdfunding to Sequence the Genome of Joshua Tree
Modern genetic tools could save an ancient Icon of the Mojave.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Plant Scientists: GM Technology a Safe Tool to Help Meet Food Supply Demands
More than 1,000 scientists from nonprofit, corporate, academic, and private institutions say public doubts about genetically modified food crops are hindering the next Green Revolution.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Scientists Discover How Plants Tailor Growth to the Seasons
“Molecular memory” of light exposure helps plants to remember daylight during winter nights
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
AAAS Selects Danforth Center Principal Investigator to Serve as Chair-Elect for the Biological Sciences
Elizabeth (Toby) Kellogg, Ph.D., was selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to serve as Chair-Elect for the Biological Sciences Section.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Strategic Partnership Attracts Plant Genomics Expert to Region
Joint hiring initiative between Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and University of Missouri to strengthen regional plant science and education
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Scientists Sequence Drought Tolerant Grass Using Single Molecule Real-Time Sequencing
Analysis results in greater understanding of important biological traits related to crop drought tolerance
Monday, October 12, 2015
Environmental Economist to Speak About Sustainable Conservation at the Danforth Center’s SEEDS of CHANGE Event
Join the Danforth Center at the SEEDS of CHANGE event on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Danforth Center Partners with Missouri Botanical Garden for the First Joint Fall Symposium
For the first time, the Danforth Center and Missouri Botanical Garden are partnering to host the annual Fall Symposium, From Darwin to Borlaug: Biocomplexity in Natural and Agricultural Systems.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Danforth Center's Maker Group Hosts Free STEM Event
Join the Danforth Center's Maker Group on Saturday, October 3 from 1 P.M. – 5 P.M. for the second Raspberry Pi Jam! This free event is open to all ages, families, engineers, science and robot enthusiasts, and educators.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Seventh Annual Ag Innovation Showcase Opens in St. Louis
International forum spotlights convergence of tech, science and data in addressing climate change, sustainability, food safety and global food demand.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Women-Owned Technology Start-Ups To Take Center Stage at Ag Innovation Showcase in St. Louis
Firms are commercializing non-traditional innovations in bioplastics, water treatment, bio-based clothing dyes and renewable architectural products
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Benson Hill Biosystems Secures $7.3 Million Series A Financing
From Coast to Coast, Investors Support an Agricultural Solutions Company
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Eminent Entomologist on Honeybee Genome Will be Featured at Conversations Program
Let’s Talk About… Bees: Understanding the Roots of Social Life
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Girls STEAM Ahead Inspires Future Scientific Leaders
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri partners with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and St. Louis Community College at BRDG Park for science, art and fun.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Danforth Plant Science Center Receives $8M For Big Data Research Program To Advance Development of Key Bioenergy Crop
Understanding key phenotype-to-genotype associations will enhance efforts to bring products to market.
Monday, June 01, 2015
Botanical Gardens Uniquely Positioned to Meet Need for Food and Agricultural Education
“Botanical gardens are uniquely placed to present and educate the public about all the plant sciences, not just diversity and conservation, but also all the many disparate kinds of research related to plant breeding and crop production,” Elizabeth Kellogg, member of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
St. Louis Wins Coveted Grant to Elevate the Existing Plant Science Ecosystem
$500,000 grant will support expanded innovation hub in Creve Coeur
St. Louis Conservation Thought Leaders Featured at Summer Conversations Program
Let’s Talk About… Prairies, Conservation and Energy
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Influential Environmental Advocates Open 2015 Conversations Series
Let's Talk About... From the Clean Water Act to Everglades Restoration: 40 Years of Conservation
Monday, February 09, 2015
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Recognized by Bank of America for Its Impact in Improving the Human Condition through Plant Science
Neighborhood Builder® will receive leadership training and $200,000 in flexible funding
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Danforth Center Collaborates With the University of Illinois to Develop More Efficient Crops that Will Use Less Fertilizer to Produce More Yield
Research will focus on enhancing nitrogen use efficiency.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Danforth Center's Maker Group Receives Support from Raspberry Pi Foundation
Grant will support local STEM outreach
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, MU to Hire Four Joint Researchers
Officials from the University of Missouri and the Danforth Center announced a new collaborative agreement that will lead to the hiring of four new researchers who enhance plant science research to benefit the state, nation and world.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Welcomes New Principal Investigator
As expansion efforts continue to advance, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has hired Andrea Eveland, Ph.D., as a principal investigator and assistant member.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Research at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Featured in National Geographic Series, The Future of Food
Research to improve agriculture productivity using cutting-edge technology at the Danforth Center is featured in the October issue of National Geographic.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Danforth Center Hosts Famed Physicist and Author
Amory B. Lovins, Cofounder, Chief Scientist and Chairman Emeritus of the Rocky Mountain Institute, will be the featured speaker at the annual SEEDS of CHANGE event.
Monday, September 08, 2014
Benson Hill Names Business Development and Intellectual Property Executives
Benson Hill Biosystems is strengthening its executive team with two new hires
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Missouri Research Consortium Receives $20 Million Grant from National Science Foundation to Study Impacts of Climate Variability
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is part of a state-wide collaborative research project that was awarded a five year, $20 million grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Danforth Center Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Accelerate the Development of Clean Energy Technologies
As part of a joint DOE-USDA program, Danforth Center researchers, were awarded funding for a $1.5 million project to understand physiologic responses of bioenergy grasses to environmental changes
Monday, July 14, 2014
Discovery in Algae Reveals Evolutionary Origin of Sexes
A discovery, by Center scientist, Jim Umen, Ph.D., in the multicellular green alga, Volvox carteri, has revealed the origin of male and female sexes, showing how they evolved from a more primitive mating system in a unicellular relative.