Tuesday, March 08, 2016
The Danforth Center’s Commitment to Bioenergy Research
The mission of the Enterprise Rent-a-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels is to develop and apply technologies to enhance the potential of oilseed crops, algae and bioenergy grasses as sources of sustainable bioenergy.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
New Protein Discovered Has Potential to Keep Crops Productive
The discovery of PCH1 adds another piece to the puzzle of understanding how plants harness biological clockwork to adapt to the changing sun.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
From Lab to Field – Improving a Major Staple Crop for Food Security
Roots & Shoot’s guest blogger discusses the process a single cell goes through from the tissue culture lab to the cassava fields.
Friday, February 19, 2016
The Plant Pulse is a feature of the Danforth Center Roots and Shoots Blog that includes a sampling of interesting stories about agriculture, the environment, food security, climate change, bioenergy, events and the impact of plant science.
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Core Facilities to Accelerate Discovery
State-of-the-art facilities help expedite discovery.
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Balloons Take STEM Education Above and Beyond
HAB.education co-founder, Dustin Mayfield-Jones discusses high altitude balloons and the potential impact they could have on field data collection.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Strategic Partnership Attracts Plant Genomics Expert to Region
Welcome to the team, Blake Meyers!
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
How Greater Understanding of Resurrection Plants Could Lead to More Drought-Tolerant Crops
Recent genome sequencing of Oropetium grass has given researchers a blueprint in distinguishing genes related to phenomenal plant resilience.
Monday, January 11, 2016
Solving Complex Problems Starts with Scientific Discovery
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is in pursuit of sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing global challenges of the 21st century.
Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Collaborative Project to ‘Turbocharge’ Rice and Reduce World Hunger Enters Important New Phase
The project has been described as ‘one of the great undertakings in plant sciences of the early 21st century’.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Improving Crops With RNAi
RNA interference is proving to be a valuable tools for agriculture, allowing researchers to develop pathogen-resistant and more-nutritious crops.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
New Cassava Potential – VIRCA
Scientists are developing an improved cassava that will allow communities to produce more food and income from cassava farming. Leading agricultural research organizations are working together to evaluate VIRCA cassava, which protects against devastating plant viral diseases as a potential new way to improve livelihoods.
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Envisioning a Better Tomorrow – Five Creative Thinkers Who Are Changing the World
James Carrington, Ph.D., president of the Danforth Center was cited as one of five creative thinkers who are changing our world.
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Giving Tuesday, Join the Global Celebration of Generosity
Join us for Giving Tuesday today!
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
2015 Annual Thanksgiving Letter by William H. Danforth, Founding Chairman
Thanks to each of you for your role in what I believe is a noble effort to make the world a better and safer place for humans and many other living things.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Researchers Develop a Sustainable Way to Support Local Food Bank
More than 15 Danforth Center employees came together to build and manage the Center's first sustainable community garden.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Research Institute to Improve Crop Productivity in the Developing World
Science improving food security with collaboration.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Distinguished Leaders Recognized for Science and Service at Annual Plantasia Gala
Ambassador George Herbert “Bert” Walker III and Sir David Baulcombe were honored at the 14th annual Plantasia Gala for their dedication to service and science.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
The Power of Corporations Adopting Sustainability
“Inspiring. Amazing. Thought-provoking.” These are some of the words guests used to describe remarks given by environmental economist Peter A. Seligmann, chairman and CEO of Conservation International at the SEEDS of CHANGE event on October 14, 2015.
Friday, October 16, 2015
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and Kenichiro Sasae, Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Visit with Danforth Center Leadership
The Danforth Center leadership team welcomed U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and Kenichiro Sasae, Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. to the campus.
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Leading St. Louis Plant Biology Institutions Partner for First Joint Fall Symposium
Welcome to the Danforth Center and Missouri Botanical Garden's first joint Fall Symposium titled From Darwin to Borlaug: Biocomplexity in Natural and Agricultural Systems.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Hands on Activities, Robots, Art, Technology at the Raspberry Pi Jam
Join the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center’s Maker Group to learn, create and build at the second Raspberry Pi Jam on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 1PM – 5PM.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Celebrating Seven Years of Success with Ag Innovation Showcase
Now in its seventh year, the Ag Innovation Showcase continues to be the “go to” event where meaningful partnerships begin and funding awareness is raised.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Your Plant Science Company Should Be Here
Guest bloger, Sheila Sweeney, interim CEO, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, explains the Partnership's vision for the plant science ecosystem in St. Louis.
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
The Impact of Purposeful Growth
What features over 15,000 jobs, more than $1 billion in company investments in the last 13 years and is poised to grow dramatically? The Saint Louis Plant and Life Science Economy.
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Senator McCaskill Highlights the Importance of Plant Science Research and Innovation to Missouri’s Economy During Visit to Danforth Center and BRDG Park
"I think it’s important to remind people that agriculture is not just in the fields, but it is research," McCaskill said. "And it’s the commercialization of research that allows for food and security and better yields and better nutrition, and that’s what’s going on here."
Friday, August 28, 2015
The Plant Pulse is a feature of the Danforth Center Roots and Shoots Blog that includes a sampling of interesting stories about agriculture, the environment, food security, climate change, bioenergy, events, and the impact of plant science.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Prominent Entomologist Discusses How Science is Revealing the Basis of Social Life in Vital Insects at Upcoming Conversations Program
Let's Talk About... Bees: Understanding the Roots of Social Life
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Scientists and Interns Collaborate for the 2015 REU Program
Congratulations to the future scientists who successfully completed the 2015 REU Intern program at the Danforth Center!
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Ask a Plant Scientist: Noah Fahlgren, Ph.D
Noah Fahlgren, Ph.D, director, Bioinformatics Core Facility at the Danforth Center answers a few questions about his research and his involvement with the Center's Maker Group.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
2015 William H. Danforth Plant Science Fellow
The fellowship generously endowed by Dr. P. Roy Vagelos and his wife Diana supports outstanding Ph.D. students whose research demonstrates great promise for advancing plant science.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
The Maker Movement at the Danforth Center
More than 60% of the labs in the Center are involved in Maker activities, which also include education and outreach activities.
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
First Joint Fall Symposium Registration is Now Open!
Register today for the first joint fall symposium with the Danforth Center and Missouri Botanical Garden!
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Danforth Center Awarded $8 Million DOE ARPA-E Grant to Accelerate Research on Sorghum as Bioenergy Crop
The $8 million grant awarded to the Danforth Plant Science Center will be led by Todd Mockler, Ph.D., Geraldine and Robert Virgil Distinguished Investigator at the Danforth Center.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Girls STEAM Ahead at the Danforth Center
“The inaugural STEAM program generated excitement and enthusiasm all around," said Toni Kutchan, Ph.D., vice president for research at the Danforth Center. "The future looks bright for science, technology, engineering and math careers for these young women and girls!”
Friday, June 19, 2015
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
St. Louis Conservation Thought Leaders Featured at Summer Conversations Program
Join us at the Danforth Center on Thursday, June 11, 2015!
Friday, May 29, 2015
Coveted Grant Won to Elevate the Existing Plant Science Ecosystem
“This multi-institutional grant will help the plant science research and innovation ecosystem in St. Louis to continue on the path toward overcoming our greatest global challenges,” said Sam Fiorello.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Intern’s Experience Furthers Efforts to Develop More Productive Crops
Prestigious Goldwater Fellowship Awarded to Danforth Center REU Intern
Friday, May 15, 2015
Monday, May 04, 2015
There Are Many Meaningful Reasons to Donate, But I’m Involved Because…
“I appreciate the synthesis of global and local at the Danforth Center," said John Kemper, member of the Danforth Leadership Council. "Its mission speaks to perhaps the most pressing and serious issues that humanity faces today – hunger and environmental stewardship."
Monday, April 27, 2015
Give STL Day – An Opportunity to Improve the Human Condition through Plant Science
SAVE THE DATE! On Tuesday, May 5, 2015 you'll have the opportunity to support the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in a 24-hour online giving event.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Preserving Natural Resources for Future Generations
“We share a mutual responsibility as stewards of this Earth,” stated Nathaniel. “Stewardship of mother Earth is part of our collective and individual duty. We are all in this together.”
Thursday, April 16, 2015
The Plant Pulse is a feature of the Danforth Center Roots and Shoots Blog that includes a sampling of interesting stories about world hunger and malnutrition, food security, climate change, biofuels, agriculture, the environment, conferences and events, and the impact of plant science.
Thursday, April 09, 2015
2015 Conversation Series Opens with Discussion About Conservation
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center's Conversation Series will kickoff the 2015 series on Thursday, April 16, 2015.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Student Lab Intern Develops Automated Plant Imaging System
High school intern was a key player in the Nusinow lab at the Danforth Center over winter break.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Water Efficiency for 9 Billion People
Water is the foundation for all forms of life and it is absolutely necessary for our environment to flourish.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
HOW THE SCIENCE OF WATER UPTAKE WILL IMPROVE FOOD & FUEL
Water-use efficiency is an important factor for all crops around the globe, and will be a vital component of sustainable agriculture.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Water is Food and Fuel
Celebrating World Water Day on March 22.
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Water Sustainability for Global Agriculture
A day for water and water for sustainable development
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
What do you LOVE about the Danforth Center?
In recognition of Valentine’s Day, employees expressed what they love about working at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
Friday, February 06, 2015
Celebrating Makers at the St. Louis Raspberry Pi Jam
The Danforth Center’s Maker Group hosted its first community event, St. Louis Raspberry Pi Jam, from 1 P.M. - 5 P.M. Nearly 400 people ages 5 – 70 attended the event.
Monday, February 02, 2015
Plant Science is a Team Sport
Center leadership presented an overview of 2014 accomplishments, and important initiatives slated for 2015 to more than 250 constituents, donors and volunteers.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Join the Danforth Center on Instagram
2015 is going to be an exciting year at the Danforth Center and Instagram is a great way to keep up with stories, photos, events and updates.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Danforth Center’s Maker Group Receives Funding to Support Local STEM Outreach
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center’s Maker Group has received a grant from the Raspberry Pi Foundation to engage local educators in the St. Louis region to develop an educational package that introduces students to electronics, plant science and computing.
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Improving the Human Condition Through Plant Science
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center focuses scientific research on the nexus of food, water and energy to improve the productivity and sustainability of agriculture, and to accelerate development of durable bioenergy.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Given to Danforth Center Scientist
Sam Wang received the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity from UMSL for his groundbreaking research in plant biology.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Happy Holidays from the Danforth Center
Best wishes to you and yours for a healthy,happy holiday season and a prosperous new year.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
2014: Year in Review
As we approach a new year, take a look back at what we’ve been up to this year.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Social Sharing: 10 Agriculture Blogs to Follow
As 2014 wraps up, we’d like to share some remarkable blogs that we followed this year and hope you find them interesting as well.
Friday, December 05, 2014
Citizen Science Project Focuses on Neglected Resource
MO DIRT will use citizen scientists to collect and analyze soil samples and record meteorological information in their communities.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
A Time for Expressing Gratitude
This year I am writing again to thank you who make possible the life and progress of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Danforth Center Collaborates with the University of Missouri to Hire Four Joint Researchers
The Danforth Center and the University of Missouri are strengthening their collaboration with University of Missouri and will hire four new researchers who will hold joint appointments at both institutions and tenure at MU.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Ask a Plant Scientist: Howard Berg, Ph.D.
Howard Berg, Ph.D. joined the Danforth Center in 2000 as Integrated Microscopy Facility Director. His research is focused on using both live cell imaging and electron microscopy to study how plant cells are organized mechanistically to produce the outcome that we see in a crop plant.
Monday, November 03, 2014
Growing St. Louis’ Plant and Life Science Ecosystem and Harvesting Commercial Success
Join us on November 20th as featured panelists discuss the infrastructure a region needs to support a successful start-up community, how St. Louis compares to other regions, and how local businesses, institutions, and individuals can help to advance business innovation in our region.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
A Night to Honor Those Who Impact and Accelerate Plant Science
The Danforth Center celebrated the intersection of science and service at its 13th annual Plantasia Gala on October 25, 2014. Guests gathered to honor two individuals chosen to receive the Danforth Distinguished Service Award and Danforth Award for Plant Science.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Danforth Center Welcomes New Principal Investigator
As expansion efforts continue to advance, the Danforth Center has hired Andrea Eveland, Ph.D., as a principal investigator and assistant member.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
A VISIONARY EFFORT TO ENHANCE YIELD AND QUALITY OF CEREAL AND BIOENERGY CROPS
A team of scientists at the Danforth Center have developed a new way of identifying genes that are important for photosynthesis in maize, and in rice.
Friday, October 03, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
16th Annual Fall Symposium Creates Excitement About Microbes
This year’s event was very social on Twitter by using the hashtag #MacroOfMicro and having the ability to access an online social media directory.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Connect with the 16th Annual Fall Symposium's Speakers
We welcome you to learn more and interact with the speakers, panelists and event organizers during the three day event. Here is this year's Social Media Directory for your use of Twitter handles of many of those participating during Fall Symposium. We look forward to your Tweets!
Monday, September 22, 2014
A Postdoctoral Associate Explores Fungal Pathogens
Roots & Shoots’ September Guest blogger, Kaoutar El Mounadi, Ph.D., from Dilip Shah's Lab explains her research on how to devise more effective strategies for genetic engineering of resistance to fungal and oomycete pathogens in transgenic plants and to ensure their mammalian and crop safety.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Famed Physicist and Author Ignites Solutions at SEEDS of Change
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center’s Leadership Council hosted physicist Amory B. Lovins, Cofounder, Chief Scientist and Chairman Emeritus of the Rocky Mountain Institute as the featured speaker for SEEDS of Change. More than 300 guests attended the annual event on September 16, 2014.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Honoring Dr. Jim Davis at Conversations
Last month, guests gathered for the Center’s Conversations program. Dr. Danforth took a moment to recognize and thank Dr. Jim Davis for his support and for serving as moderator of Conversations program for many years.
Monday, September 08, 2014
Connect with the 2014 Ag Innovation Showcase
We welcome you to learn more and interact with the presenters, speakers, panelists and event organizers during the three day event. Here is this year's Social Media Directory for your use of Twitter handles of many of those participating during Ag Innovation Showcase. We look forward to your Tweets!
Friday, September 05, 2014
A Journey From Curiosity to Career
For Hernan, it’s been a long journey from the young boy in Centrál, Mexico, who wondered why the village farmers could not grow zucchini and tomato, to becoming a scientific leader in the study of plant viruses.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
One of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People to Speak at Danforth Center’s SEEDS of CHANGE
Lovins, who was named by Time Magazine as one of the World's 100 most influential people in 2009, had the solution to the energy problem in 1976. It's taken the rest of us years to catch up.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
New Hire to Advance Technology Transfer
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is pleased to announce Erica Fishel, Ph.D.; as director of technology transfer.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
SEEDS of CHANGE: 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 Donald Danforth Plant Science Center’s annual SEEDS of CHANGE event on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Missouri Prairies and Native Plants: The Science of Our Natural Landscape
Join us Thursday, August 28, as featured panelists Elizabeth (Toby) Kellogg, Ph.D., Member, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and Scott Woodbury, Curator, Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve discuss the important role that prairie grasses and cereal crops play in agriculture along with the contributions of cutting-edge science and technology.
Monday, August 04, 2014
Where Plant Science Research Meets the Classroom
Training infuses all of the Danforth Center’s research programs. Students come to the Center from around the world. Our outreach and education programs bring cutting-edge, genuine scientific research to K–12 classrooms across the region.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
Fueling Innovation Through Collaboration
As millions of Americans hit the road this summer, they are paying the most expensive gas prices in six years. This gasoline sticker shock was one more reminder of the need to develop an abundant and sustainable supply of alternative fuels.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
What Are Little Boys and Girls Made of? The Origins of Sexual Dimorphism
As PLOS Biology points out, this research is important with the knowledge of how plants works, particularly algae and the distinction of females and males and secondly this will help improve the prospects of algae as a biofuel crop and potential breeding programs with the availability to tune the process as of source as oil.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Danforth president among world’s most cited researchers
James C. Carrington, Ph.D., president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is among the world's most highly cited scientists, according to Thomson Reuters’ 2014 list of Highly Cited Researchers.
Monday, July 07, 2014
Experience an Event at the Danforth Center
The Danforth Center offers magnificent spaces in a very unique setting that are available for rent for corporate and private events including luncheons, galas, receptions, meetings, conferences, workshops and seminars.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Research, Resources and Relationships Attract A Global Ag Leader
KWS found the best in class research, resources and business networks here in St. Louis. These strengths were instrumental to persuade KWS to choose St. Louis as the base to extend the KWS research footprint in a global context.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Region Lands Major Player in Ag Industry
There is no better way to celebrate BRDG Park’s five year anniversary than to announce that one of the world’s leading seed companies has decided to establish a significant presence in our community. Specifically, that global agricultural company, KWS, will establish the KWS Gateway Research Center at BRDG Park.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Ag Innovation Showcase Calls for Applications
Cutting edge start-ups and research projects are invited to apply to present in four categories: precision agriculture, farming innovations, biological solutions, and renewables and sustainables at the 2014 Ag Innovation Showcase.
Monday, June 02, 2014
A Scientist Focuses on Improving Plant Nutrient Use for Greater Yields at Home and Abroad
June guest blogger, Jagdeep Kaur, is a research scientist at the Institute for International Crop Improvement at the Danforth Center. She focuses on improving the nutrient utilization efficiency in crop plants for greater yields.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Danforth Investigator Receives Grant Through the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative
Danforth Plant Science Center Principal Investigator, Chris Topp, Ph.D., and Yuan-Chuan Tai, Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine were selected to receive funding through the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative to support interdisciplinary research projects related to the future of advanced nuclear technologies.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The Danforth Center is Growing
On May 19, 2014, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley joined Danforth Center leadership, staff, volunteers and guests to celebrate the groundbreaking of a three-story addition to the Center’s existing research building.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Thursday, May 08, 2014
An Intern's Journey
Andrew Mutka came to the Danforth Center as an intern in the Center’s summer program in 2005. The program exposed Andrew to a rich research environment and the importance of understanding plant development for agriculture.
Thursday, May 01, 2014
Join Us for a Taste of Science
This event offers young Saint Louis professionals an opportunity to engage in a fun and interactive evening of science, spirits and snacks.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Agtech: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Growth
The information technology revolution has prompted flights of fancy among some observers who seem to think we have transcended the physical bounds of economic activity. Yet even the intangible economy has an inescapable physical foundation: agriculture.