39 North Innovation District Plan Unveiled
The Science in Our Food
Thursday, January 16, 2020
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.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
AgTech NEXT Announces External Advisory Board
The AgTech NEXT External Advisory Board brings together investors, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and farmers to help create an event that will serve the agtech community in new ways.
Monday, December 23, 2019
Creating New Solutions for Plant Blindness
The Danforth Center's Education Research Lab is collaborating with scientists from the University of Memphis to create new solutions for plant blindness.
IMPACT STORY: THE HIDDEN HUNGER
Danforth Center scientists are working to help end micronutrient deficiency in sub-Saharan Africa, one cassava root at a time.
Monday, December 16, 2019
IMPACT STORY: HEALING THE PLANET
How Danforth Center scientists are building solutions from the ground up to restore soil and save the planet.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
IMPACT STORY: FEEDING THE WORLD
Danforth Center scientists help clear regulatory hurdles to speed a pest-resistant variety into the hands of sub-Saharan African smallholder farmers.
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
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.
Monday, November 25, 2019
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.
Our Founding Chairman, William H. Danforth, gives thanks to everyone who is playing a part in building a sustainable future.
Monday, November 04, 2019
X-ray Imaging in Plant Biology: Seeing the Unseen
Keith Duncan, a research scientist in Chris Topp's lab, was recently featured on A Scientist Walks into a Bar, a podcast from Science on Tap and Via Productions. Listen to the podcast to hear him discuss x-ray imaging in plant biology.
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Investing in Young Scientists for Global Impact
Recently, our Institute for International Crop Improvement sponsored four early-career scientists to attend the 7th annual South Asia Biosafety conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the premiere biosafety meeting in South Asia.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
In from the Wild: Global Inventory Project Targets Wild Perennials for Food
Agriculture is the world’s largest ecosystem and the leading cause of biodiversity loss. Dr. Allison Miller and her team want to change that through their work with perennial crops.
Friday, October 04, 2019
How beneficial bugs have revolutionized Danforth Center pest control.
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Overheard at Venture Cafe
From exciting breakout sessions to impactful networking opportunities, Venture Café is designed to connect innovators and entrepreneurs. Attend our next Venture Café at 39 North on October 15 to create your own success story.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
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.
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
As CO2 Levels Rise, Danforth Center Scientists Explore the Effect on Plants in an Effort to Improve Crops for a Changing Environment
While carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are rising, Keith Slotkin, Ph.D., and his collaborators at the Danforth Center and Washington University are embarking on a new research project to explore how plants respond to increased CO2 levels over time, and how this knowledge can be used to predict the lasting effects of this environmental challenge.
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Danforth Center Helps Bring Leading-Edge Science to Those Who Benefit Most
On Thursday, August 22, we welcomed an audience of more than 225 people to the Conversations event “Connecting Smallholder Farmers to Science.”
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Meet Our IN2 Cohort: Intrinsyx Bio
Intrinsyx Bio has an idea to help more plants make use of gaseous nitrogen, which could translate into major benefits for farmers and our environment.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Meet Our IN2 Cohort: SolGro
SolGro’s team aims to make controlled environment farming more efficient, giving growers the power to use fewer resources to grow more plants.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
NSF REU Internships Create Opportunity for Young Scientists
Meet the REU NSF interns that are spending their summer at the Danforth Center, building new skills and gaining hands-on lab experiences.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Meet our IN2 cohort: Aker
Orlando Saez, CEO and co-founder of Aker, has a vision for a new technology that can help farmers get information about pests and diseases quickly and accurately.
Friday, May 31, 2019
Meet Our IN2 Cohort: RNAissance Ag
The need for new pest management technologies that are effective, affordable, and sustainable to the environment and human health is urgent and widespread. Bala Venkata of RNAissance Ag believes he has a solution.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
A Big Idea with a Bigger Impact
On Thursday, March 7, three teams of Danforth Center scientists presented their big ideas for addressing environmental and agriculture challenges. Learn more about the inspiration behind the winning team’s big idea and the impact it could have on the world.
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Improving Food Security Through Innovation
Nigerian farmers are anticipating larger harvests of cowpea, popularly known as “beans”, in the very near future thanks to the efforts of public sector research institutes and donors dedicated to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
Friday, March 01, 2019
The Danforth Center is partnering with Wells Fargo as they expand their Innovation Incubator (IN2) to fund, research and commercialize new technologies that can reduce the agriculture industry's carbon footprint, energy and water consumption.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Creating Community With Taproot Podcast
Ivan Baxter and Liz Haswell are using their podcast, Taproot, to create an inclusive community for young plant scientists.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
The Quest to Improve Nutritional Value in Key Crops
Narayanan, a research manager at the Danforth Center, has built his career on studying edible crops that impact lives and improve plates.
Tuesday, February 05, 2019
Of STEM and STARS
Danforth Center Inspires Young Scientists
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
The Power of a Raspberry Pi
With the help of a Raspberry Pi computer, Leonardo Chavez taught himself how to code. These new coding skills enabled him to secure a position as a Phenotyping Technician at the Danforth Center, where he continues to collaborate with fellow team members and scientists to build equipment using low-cost hardware using Raspberry Pi computers.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Gene Editing: Innovation and Impact in Missouri
In November, renowned panelists came together at the Danforth Center to discuss cutting-edge gene editing technology and the role it will play in human health, agriculture and food systems, and creating 21st century jobs.
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Meet the 2019 William H. Danforth Plant Science Fellow
Suresh Pokhrel grew up on his family’s farm in Nepal, and now he is using his passion for agriculture to study the analysis of small RNAs in plants in Dr. Blake Meyer’s Lab at the Danforth Center.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
2018 ANNUAL THANKSGIVING LETTER BY WILLIAM H. DANFORTH, FOUNDING CHAIRMAN
What a pleasure it is once again to thank you for your encouragement and support of the Danforth Center.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Twenty Years of Delivering on the Promise
Plantasia 2018 Celebrates the First 20 Years of the Danforth Center
Friday, November 02, 2018
Conversations Event Examines the Artists of Innovation
Improving Lives through Scientific Entrepreneurship
Friday, October 19, 2018
Partnership on Parade
Maritz Interns Help Danforth Partner School to Sparkle
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Danforth Center Prairie Dedicated and Celebrated
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
AG Innovation Showcase Marks Key Milestone – A Decade of Growth
500 people attend 10th annual event
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Meet the New Principal Investigators at the Danforth Center
Strategic New Hires Strengthen Research, Education and Expertise
Monday, September 17, 2018
JOIN US SEPTEMBER 18 FOR VENTURE CAFÉ NIGHT: 39°N
This month learn about trade, partnerships, and internal controls to protect startups
Monday, September 10, 2018
Celebrating the 10th Ag Innovation Showcase
The 2018 Showcase will explore an array of data-driven innovation in novel plant-based foods and nutrition, within the context of dramatic shifts in consumer demand and demographics.
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Danforth Center Conversation Looks at Root Causes
Studying Plant Roots with the help of Valent BioSciences
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
19th Annual Fall Symposium Keynote Revealed
Bioengineering Synthetic Circuits to Sustainable Agriculture
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Seeing the Unseen
Bridging the Imaging Gap in Plant Science
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
JOIN US AUGUST 21 FOR VENTURE CAFÉ NIGHT: 39°N
This month learn about international business and how AI is reshaping data science.
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
A Plant Science Journey in 39 North
Congrats to Lee Douangkeomany, Recipient of the 2018 Unsung Hero Award presented by of OCA National & Buick
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Brookings Institution Recognizes St. Louis’ Successful AgTech Cluster in New Report
Rethinking Cluster Initiatives
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Join us July 17 for Venture Café Night: 39°N
This month learn about how to promote your innovations, bringing prototypes to market, and Space solar power.
Monday, July 02, 2018
2018 Ag Innovation Showcase Keynote Speaker Revealed
From Farm to Plate, join us Sept 10-12 in St. Louis
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
JOIN US JUNE 19 FOR VENTURE CAFÉ NIGHT: 39°N
This month learn about raising capital, strategic planning and a new project to enhance connectivity in the region
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Discovery, Community, Impact
The 2017 Annual Report
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Living Earth Collaboration seeks to develop resilient plants for future climates
Researchers explore biodiversity and domestication of grapevines to better understand root systems
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION OF SCIENTISTS
Welcome 2018 REU Summer Interns
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
2017 Recipient of Africa Food Prize Highlights Women’s Role in Agriculture
SEEDS of CHANGE speaker Ruth Oniang’o shares lessons learned through her life’s work to improve food security
Thursday, May 10, 2018
JOIN US MAY 15 FOR VENTURE CAFÉ NIGHT: 39°N
This month learn about patent development and sample Madrinas Coffee and WellBeing Brewing Beer.
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Together We Can Help End Hunger and Improve the Environment
Join us Today, GIVE STL Day
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Support Innovation and STEM at Party with the Plants on June 8th
Early Bird Tickets are on Sale NOW for the second Annual Party with the Plants
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Join us April 17 for VENTURE CAFÉ NIGHT: 39°N
This month learn about the innovation district’s developments and opportunities.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Sam Wang to Receive 2018 George Engelmann Interdisciplinary Award
St. Louis Academy of Science recognizes Danforth Center researcher for outstanding achievement in science and collaboration
Monday, March 19, 2018
VENTURE CAFÉ NIGHT: 39°N TOMORROW
Celebrate National Ag Day at the Danforth Center
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
CRISPR: Using precision technology to benefit people and the planet
Efficient and customizable genome editing tool
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Inspiration from Fields of Wheat to Bundles of Images
This month’s guest blogger discusses his passion for agriculture research
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
The Future of Food in a Wealthier, Warmer World
Join us March 8 for Conversations #ConvoSTL
Monday, February 19, 2018
Venture Café Night: 39°N TOMORROW
Join us as creativity and science collide with interactive displays and much more.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
House Committee on Small Business Committee, Subcommittee Agriculture, Energy and Trade hearing on “Restoring Rural America: How Agritech is Revitalizing the Heartland.”
Remarks by Sam Fiorello, Chief Operating Officer, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and President, BRDG Park
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Where Discovery Yields Impact
Corporations are more than donors. They are valued partners.
Thursday, February 01, 2018
Record crowd explore scientific innovation and robotics at the St. Louis Raspberry Pi Jam
The free interactive event offered hands-on STEM activities for all ages
Thursday, January 25, 2018
The Research Experience for Undergraduates
Apply for the 11-week intensive summer program funded by NSF
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
STEM and St. Louis collide in upcoming Free event
Join us on Jan. 27 for the St. Louis Raspberry Pi Jam
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Join us on Jan. 16th for Venture Café Night: 39°N at the Danforth Center
Experience drone racing demonstrations and much more!
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
2018 WILLIAM H. DANFORTH PLANT SCIENCE SCHOLAR PROFILE
Light and Environmental signals in Crops may be as Complex as Day and Night
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
May the spirit of the season bring you peace and tranquility
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Young Friends Advance Efforts to Feed People, Sustain the Environment and Grow the Region
Start 2018 off right as a Young Friend of the Danforth Center
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
NEW ROBOTIC SYSTEM TO ADVANCE RESEARCH
Discover how the Gehan laboratory is working to understand plants’ response to severe temperatures, pests and pathogens.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Understanding how green algae sense high temperatures and regulate heat responses
Guest Blogger, Will McHargue, former REU intern and current technician in the Zhang laboratory highlights photosynthetic systems research.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
2017 ANNUAL THANKSGIVING LETTER BY WILLIAM H. DANFORTH, FOUNDING CHAIRMAN
We humans need to change and adapt as best we can to climate variability.
Monday, November 20, 2017
VENTURE CAFE NIGHT: 39 NORTH TOMORROW
Innovator's Potluck in spirit the spirit of Thanksgiving.
Monday, November 13, 2017
CONVERSATIONS SERIES: “Big Ideas - Meeting Grand Challenges”
Join us Thursday, November 16, 2017 for a very different Conversations!
Friday, November 10, 2017
Get Involved · Make An Impact · Giving Tuesday
A Global Giving Movement | November 28, 2017
Thursday, November 02, 2017
Annual Plantasia Gala
Distinguished Leaders Recognized for Science and Service
Monday, October 16, 2017
JOIN US TOMORROW FOR VENTURE CAFE NIGHT: 39 NORTH
Helping innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in 39 North through high-impact programming.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Danforth Center to Lead Multi-Institutional Project to Improve Harvests of One of the Most Important Crops in Global Agriculture
Danforth Center Receives $3.4M to Improve Maize Architecture
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
The Miller Lab’s Journey to the Danforth Center
Guest blogger, Allison Miller, Ph.D. SLU Department of Biology navigates a new lab space during a challenging time.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
FARM, FOOD and FEAST OF DATA TAKE CENTER STAGE AT 2017 AG INNOVATION SHOWCASE
Annual gathering attracts industry leaders, investors and entrepreneurs working to develop solutions to pressing global issues.
Monday, September 18, 2017
VENTURE CAFÉ NIGHT: 39° N JOIN US TOMORROW
Grab a drink, attend a talk, meet other innovators, change the world
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
GET SOCIAL DURING AG INNOVATION SHOWCASE #17AIS
We invite you to interact with the presenters, speakers, panelists and event organizers with the social media directory.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Governor Showcases Strategic the Region’s Ag Innovation Ecosystem During Visit of Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.
Danforth Center and BRDG Park offers a competitive advantage when recruiting high quality companies to St. Louis.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Saint Louis University Student Dives Into Plant Genomes
Guest blogger, Grace Kenney explores advanced techniques in the Meyers' Lab.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Total Eclipse, August 21, 2017
Tips to safely view the rare scientific moment
Monday, August 14, 2017
Venture Café Night: 39N JOIN US TOMORROW
Experience high-impact programming helping innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in 39 North.
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Conversations Series: Decreasing Food Waste-From Farm to Market
Join us Thursday, August 24, 2017
Friday, August 04, 2017
Understanding Root Growth and Physiology
The genetic basis of root system architecture (RSA)
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Remembering Ernie Jaworski
A pioneer of modern agriculture and friend
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
BELLWETHER PLANT GROWTH FACILITY ADVANCES FOOD SECURITY AND SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH
Discover the features of the new growth chambers
Monday, July 17, 2017
Helping innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in 39 North through high-impact programming
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Summer Reading List
Consider adding one or more of these books to your list
Friday, June 30, 2017
Danforth Center Hosts Special Screening of FOOD EVOLUTION
A fresh, provocative perspective on the critical issue of food.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The Future of Humanity’s Food Supply Is in the Hands of Artificial Intelligence
Guest blogger, Arash Abbasi, Ph.D., in the Bioinformatics group focuses on AI for Plant Phenotyping
Monday, June 19, 2017
Join us Tomorrow for VENTURE CAFE NIGHT: 39 NORTH
Gathering of innovators and entrepreneurs. A place for serendipitous collisions to occur.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Seeking Impact at Scale
Life Lessons from Technology, Catalytic Philanthropy, and the Family Farm with Jeff Raikes
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Letter from the President
2017 Danforth Center Annual Report
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
SEEDS of Change
Featuring former CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation