Friday, March 21, 2014
WORLD WATER DAY 2014
As resources like fresh water continue to deplete, accelerating plant science research and innovation will be critical to increasing agriculture productivity to meet the food and energy needs of a growing world population.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
A Postdoc Explores Plant Hormones
Christine Shyu is a postdoctoral associate in Dr. Tom Brutnell’s lab, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Danforth Center. Christine’s research focuses on how plants hormones affect the plants response to developmental and environmental cues and how they determine if and how plants should grow or defend.
Friday, March 07, 2014
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.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Maker Movement at the Danforth Center
The Maker Group at the Danforth Center is a forum for all members of the Center to explore constructing low-cost hardware and software engineering tools.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Ask A Plant Scientist: Dmitri Nusinow, PH.D.
Dmitri Nusinow, Ph.D. joined the Danforth Center in 2012 as an Assistant Member and Principal Investigator. His research is focused on understanding how the circadian clock is integrated with environmental signals to control growth, physiology and development. This knowledge can be used to improve the productivity of crops.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Danforth Center shares 2013 achievements and progress
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center leadership shared details about the Center's progress and future plans to a capacity crowd on February 13, 2014 at the annual State of the Center.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
New study identifies promising agricultural tools for feeding the world’s hungry
In its new report, Food Security in a World of Growing Natural Resource Scarcity: The Role of Agricultural Technologies, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) examines how 11 agricultural practices and technologies could help farmers around the world improve the sustainability of agriculture.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
St. Louis Science Fair Honors Danforth Center Lab Assistant
Danforth Center part-time laboratory assistant, Ketan Jain-Poster, a senior at Clayton High School, was selected as a top ten finalist at The Academy of Science-St. Louis Science Fair Honors Division competition.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Danforth Center Launches New Website
The Danforth Plant Science is officially launching its redesigned website this month. As we work to deliver on our mission to improve the human condition through plant science, the new website focuses on the excitement of Danforth Center's discovery, our community, and our impact in the region and the world.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Non-profits Maximize Social Media for Engagement
Donors and volunteers are changing the way they donate to and advocate for causes. In response, nonprofits are changing the way they promote and engage with consumers by turning to social media.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
Danforth Center Welcomes Four New Principal Investigators
Collectively the new researchers bolster core areas of focus while expanding the Center’s scientific portfolio.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
Seasons Greetings from the Danforth Center
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Confocal Microscopy Short Course
Howard Berg, Director of the Center’s Integrated Microscopy Facility, is instructing a short course January 7-10th that will provide a solid background on the use of light microscopy, especially confocal microscopy, as a tool to study cell and molecular biology.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Unleashing a Decade of Innovation in Plant Science
Representatives of the plant science community have developed the Plant Science Decadal Vision that serves to educate the public and government about the need for advances in plant science.
Friday, December 06, 2013
Acquisition creates opportunities for investors and bringing new products to market
Intuitive Genomics, a St. Louis company co-founded by three Danforth Center scientists, has been acquired by NewLeaf Symbiotics.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
The Danforth Center Recognized for Achievement in Bioscience
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center received the 2013 Achievement in Bioscience at the Arcus Awards, at the Regional Chamber’s inaugural event held on November 26, 2013.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Giving Thanks to Those Who Feed the World
While giving thanks this holiday season, stop a minute to remember those, such as Dr. Borlaug, that dedicated their life’s work to feeding the world.
Friday, November 22, 2013
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Monday, October 28, 2013
Ask A Plant Scientist: Ivan Baxter, Ph.D.
Ivan Baxter, Ph.D., USDA-ARS Research Scientist joined the Danforth Center in 2009 as an Assistant Member and Principal Investigator. Ivan’s research uses high-throughput elemental profiling to measure the elemental composition of plant tissues.The data is used to understand how the interactions of elements, genes, and the environment determine the elemental composition of plants and allow plants to adapt to different environments.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Jim Umen: The Plant Scientist
Jim Umen, Ph.D., a member of the Center's Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels is featured on the St. Louis Regional Chamber's new website. The profile is part of a series of stories that showcase individuals whose professional and personal story stand out as particularly characteristic of the St. Louis community.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Friday, October 04, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
2013 Fall Symposium creates excitement about advances in imaging and phenomics
An international audience of more than 350 computer scientists, digital imagers, crop scientists, toxicologists, behavioral scientists, quantitative geneticists and genome scientists gathered for three days in St. Louis at the Danforth Center’s 15th Annual Fall Symposium, PhenoDays, Imaging and Robotics for 21st Century Science.
Friday, September 27, 2013
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. We hope this compilation of stories and information will serve as an interesting source of information for you.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Cutting Edge Technology at the Fall Symposium
We welcome you to learn more and interact with the speakers during the the Fall Symposium. Be sure to see this year’s Social Media Directory for your use of many of those participating during the Fall Symposium.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Strengthening the Center's Imaging & Robotics Capabilities
The Bellwether Foundation Phenotyping Facility will further strengthen our imaging and robotics capabilities that accelerate the pace of scientific discovery. The one-of-a-kind facility will automate continuous plant imaging, and provide accurate control over experimental conditions.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Accelerating Discovery with Vital Service
Donors make it possible for the Danforth Center to accelerate discovery and create mission impact. Through their generosity and support, the Center is able to maintain state-of-the-art facilities, purchase new equipment and technology, provide education and outreach programs among other activities aimed at improving human health, preserving and renewing our environment, and enhancing our region as a world center for plant science.
2013 Ag Innovation Showcase Comes to a Close
The 2013 Ag Innovation Showcase provided an international gathering of over 350 Ag industry leaders, emerging innovators and investors in ag-bio, renewable energy, sustainable materials, food production, animal health and farming technologies with 19 companies presenting. View images of this year’s event.
Monday, September 09, 2013
Connect with the 2013 Ag Showcase
Today kicks off the 2013 Ag Innovation Showcase. This year, we are celebrating an important milestone; the fifth year of the premier Showcase. Over the next few days, the Ag Showcase will be exploring important global issues in ag-bio such as, renewable energy, sustainable materials, food production, animal health and farming technologies.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Meet 15th Annual Fall Symposium’s Speakers
The last decade has seen an explosion of digital profiling techniques on the molecular scale. The next decade will see a similar explosion in digital profiling of phenotypic outputs driven by advances in imaging and robotics. The Danforth Center’s 15th Annual Fall Symposium will highlight cutting-edge science that has led to real biological understanding in a wide range of organisms.
Improving Agriculture through RNA
RNA silencing is applied to crops to protect against pests and diseases, increase survival during droughts, advance plant performance and enhance nutritional value.
A Postdoc Focuses on Model Crop, Setaria
Roots & Shoots’ August Guest blogger, Timothy Anderson, is a postdoctoral associate in Dr. Tom Brutnell’s lab in the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Danforth Center. He is focused on engineering an alternative C4 photosynthetic pathway into the model plant Setaria viridis.
Ask a Plant Scientist: Dr. Toni Kutchan
Dr. Kutchan’s lab is dedicated to investigating how plants produce medicinal compounds at the enzyme and gene level, which could lead to new sources of medications for use against conditions such as dementia and cancer.
Plant these Events on your Calendar
Don't miss these upcoming events in St. Louis focusing on bringing plant discoveries to the marketplace, ag innovation, plant science and the St. Louis region, plant genomics, imaging and robotics and biofuels.
Monday, April 22, 2013
A Postdoc looks into ways to Increase Yield
Roots & Shoots’ April Guest blogger: Sarit Weissmann a Postdoctoral Associate in Dr. Tom Brutnell’s lab, Enterprise Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Danforth Center.
All living, multicellular organisms originate fro ...
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
A Postdoc’s Visionary Effort for Food & Fuel
Roots & Shoots' February Guest blogger: Anthony Studer from Dr. Tom Brutnell’s lab at the Danforth Center.
An increasing global population, shifts in land use, economic development, global climate change, and rising energy prices have put a ...
Monday, January 14, 2013
A look into Light Signaling of C4 Grasses
Guest blogger, Dr. Sankalpi Warnasooriya from Dr. Tom Brutnell's lab at the Danforth Center sheds some light on her research with model grasses that are closely related to major food, fuel and bioenergy grasses.
Environmental cues relay informati ...
Monday, October 22, 2012
Realizing I’m late for my taxi ride to the airport, I rushed up the stairs from the Danforth Center’s Café while my delicious lunch had hardly settled in my stomach. The taxi driver was waiting patiently by the receptionist’s desk, and pleasantly ...
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The After Burn Part 2
Trees suffered over the summer with scorching temperatures and little rainfall and are showing symptoms of stress instead of bright colorful leaves. The trees that combated those harsh conditions have dropped their leaves due to stress or are holding ...
Friday, October 19, 2012
The Plant Pulse October 19,2012
From Uganda to the U.S. Heartland: a Look at Global Food Security
Creve Coeur Patch
The distinguished panel will explore the stresses caused by an expanding population and limited agriculture resources and the effect on global food security. The sp ...
Monday, October 15, 2012
Lost in the St. Louis biotech cluster? There's a map for that
By Amir Kurtovic Reporter- St. Louis Business Journal
St. Louis economic development folks have long talked about creating a biotech cluster to tap into the region's experience in medicine, plant sciences and pharmacology. Now there’s a way to see ...
Friday, October 12, 2012
The Plant Pulse October 12, 2012
Lost in the St. Louis biotech cluster? There's a map for that
St. Louis Business Journal
The map allows users to look at companies and organizations in different categories (such as Research, Education, Incubators, Advisors, etc.) and to connect w ...
Monday, October 08, 2012
The After Burn Part 1
Cooler temperatures have arrived in the Midwest after a blistering hot summer with limited rainfall creating a historic drought in the U.S. The lower temps may be deceitful to many planning on enjoying the fall weather by admiring the leaving turnin ...
Friday, October 05, 2012
The Plant Pulse October 5, 2012
Barbara Schaal to become next dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis Newsroom
“Dean Wihl has added outstanding new faculty and has revitalized key facilities for Arts & Sciences, and I am grateful for his ...
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
St. Louis Green Innovate
The St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association
Bring your idea for a clean energy solution or sustainable product and learn about resources and opportunities to turn your idea into a new business venture.
The Green Innovation Big Bang wil ...
Monday, October 01, 2012
Bio Builders in the Region
BRDG Park at the Danforth Center
Bio-Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park at the Danforth Plant Science Center helps life sciences companies bridge research, resources and relationships to achieve commercial success. In addition to providing ...
Friday, September 28, 2012
The Plant Pulse September 28, 2012
Will Humanity Face a Carbohydrate Shortage?
Already, agriculture covers 38 percent of the globe and there’s little room to grow further, although once-productive lands in Eastern Europe could be brought back and better managemen ...
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Scientific Posters, the Illustrated Abstract
This week as we host our 14th Annual Fall Symposium for more than 350 members of the scientific community, a gallery of art appears throughout the three day conference, known as scientific posters. The art displays visuals of current research overvi ...
Monday, September 24, 2012
International Speakers will Discuss Synthetic and Systems Biology
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will be hosting more than 350 registrants, many from around the St. Louis area this week at our 14thannual Fall Symposium, Wednesday, September 26th – Friday, September 28th, 2012. This year’s symposium will ...
Friday, September 21, 2012
The Plant Pulse September 21, 2012
France calls emergency G20 grains meeting for mid-Oct
The worst drought in more than 50 years in the United States has sent corn and soybean prices to record highs and, coupled with drought in Russia and other Black Sea exporting countries ...
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Meet 14th Annual Fall Symposium's Speakers
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will be hosting its 14th annual Fall Symposium next week from Wednesday, September 26th – Friday, September 28th, 2012. This year’s symposium will feature lectures by influential experts from all across the ...
Synthetic and systems level explorations in biology are establishing fundamental emergent properties of complex biological systems. The Danforth Center’s 14th Annual Fall Symposium will focus on cutting-edge science that has application to plants or ...
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will be hosting its 14th annual Fall Symposium from Wednesday, September 26th – Friday, September 28th, 2012. This year’s symposium will feature lectures by influential experts from all across the world who w ...
Monday, September 17, 2012
Seven Sharing Socially
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has the pleasure to be a part of the Social Media Club St. Louis’ upcoming panel to discuss our blog, Roots & Shoots. Below we have shared some of the blogs we follow and hope you find them interesting to ...
Friday, September 14, 2012
The Plant Pulse September 14, 2012
Soybean Reserves Smallest in Four Decades After Drought
U.S. farmers will reap 13 percent less than a year earlier after the worst Midwest drought in 76 years, according to the average of 34 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Ag's Genius On Display at Innovation Showcase
By Mike Wilson
Einsteins. High-rollers. Dreamers. Capitalists.
They're all here at the 2012 Ag Innovation Showcase, a place where bankers and brainiacs look to partner with each other to build a better mouse trap in that sweet c ...
Monday, September 10, 2012
Future of Agriculture Meets Technology Innovation at Fourth Annual Ag Innovation Showcase
Ag Innovation Showcase, one of the most influential forums about agricultural technology in the U.S., will be held Sept. 10-12, 2012, at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis.
Twenty two companies from six countries will present th ...
Friday, September 07, 2012
The Plant Pulse September 7, 2012
Big Data Helps Farmers Weather Drought’s Damage
Friedberg says it’s this fine sifting of climate data that allows farmers to protect themselves better while enabling his company to shore up its own defenses with much greater precision against ...
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
On the way to a Green Economy
Farmers may hold the key.
Watch this video from Ending Hunger to understand why small-scale farmers may hold the key to saving our Earth, and think about how we can help farmers to grow food more sustainably.
Forecasts show we will need 60 percent ...
Friday, August 31, 2012
The Plant Pulse August 31, 2012
Danforth event will examine growing world of bioinformatics
St. Louis Beacon
Mockler said that bioinformatics has become a serious focus at Danforth since the appointment of Dr. James Carrington as president. Carrington was director of Oregon State ...
Friday, August 24, 2012
The Plant Pulse August 24, 2012
AIPI Announces First Round of Collaborative Grant Awards
St. Louis Business Journal
Todd Mockler of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is among a group of eight scientists on three projects who were awarded grants of up to $50,000 by the Assoc ...
Monday, August 20, 2012
AIPI Announces First Round of Collaborative Grant Awards
In 2010, the four largest nonprofit plant science research institutions in the United States came together to form the Association of Independent Plant Research Institutes (AIPI). Leaders from the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research (Ithaca, ...
Friday, August 17, 2012
The Plant Pulse August 17, 2012
Researchers Demonstrate Control of Devastating Cassava Virus in Africa
An international research collaboration recently demonstrated progress in protecting cassava against cassava brown streak disease (CBSD), a serious virus disease, in ...
Monday, August 13, 2012
BioBash 2012: Come Mix with Us!
An opportunity to interact with scientists and researchers in the St. Louis area
The Committee for Scientific Training and Mentoring at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is pleased to invite you to the inaugural BioBash netwo ...
App and Infograph Showcases STL leading in Bio
Monday's blog post highlighted the new app, National Bio Map, which connects different segments of the biotech world and provides a tool for the community of researchers, scientists and business people to connect with one another.
Today for #Wordles ...
Friday, August 10, 2012
The Plant Pulse August 10, 2012
Architects are playing a role in fitness in the workplace
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Fiorello acknowledges that the Danforth center was primarily designed to get scientists from various disciplines interacting with one another. Exercise was a natural ...
Thursday, August 02, 2012
The Plant Pulse August 2, 2012
Danforth Center’s greenhouses, chambers can make it rain or shine
St. Louis Business Journal
The third greenhouse range, Greenhouse C, will open next spring. Construction on the $9 million, 20,200-square-foot project is under way.
Friday, July 27, 2012
The Plant Pulse July 27, 2012
Hungry for growth
St. Louis Business Journal
“If we’re going to feed 9 billion people, we have to do it through technology,” said Dan Meagher, president of global animal nutrition solutions at Novus, a Monsanto spin-off with an estimated $1.2 bil ...
Monday, July 23, 2012
The Heat is on for a Solution
The New York Times displayed a mapping of drought stress on plants in the United States below:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration creates an animation showing monthly composites of vegetation health. The places colored in shades of ...
Friday, July 20, 2012
The Plant Pulse July 20, 2012
Drought resistant crop study
KSDK News Channel 5-NBC
The Danforth Center hopes bioenergy grasses can provide a sustainable source of renewable energy for the economy and reduce dependence on foreign oil. Bioenergy grasses have the potential for gre ...
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
(KSDK/Channel 5 News-NBC) Drought resistant crop study
Drought resistant crops will be the focus of a new studybeing conducted by researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a five-year, $12.1 million grant to the Danforth Center and collaborators at ...
Sunday, July 15, 2012
STARS students work with scientists
Twenty-one students representing Parkway high schools were selected for the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists summer program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
The six-week STARS program, which ends this week, pairs students with ...
Friday, July 13, 2012
The Plant Pulse July 13, 2012
For farmers dealing with early drought, all bets are off
St. Louis Beacon
As a result, soil moisture levels entering the spring and summer growing seasons were low to begin with. And because warm, dry spring weather allowed farmers to plant ...
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Mother Nature Continues to Heat up Crops
The Drought Monitor noted that the drought is starting to "take a significant toll" on food supplies. "In the primary growing states for corn and soybeans, 22 percent of the crop is in poor or very poor condition, as are 43 percent of the nation’s ...
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Crops including corn, soybean and wheat are taking a significant toll due to stress caused by severe drought conditions which are blanketing 56 percent of the continental U.S., according to the weekly journal, Drought Monitor. Unfortunately rainfall ...
Friday, July 06, 2012
Bringing Home a Win for BioScience
BioScience Day at the Ballpark
Special event highlighting Regional Businesses and Organizations focused on Plant Science
Yesterday, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center celebrated at Busch Stadium how the plant and life ...
The Plant Pulse July 6, 2012
Drought hits 56 percent of continental US; 'significant toll' on crops
MSNBC- US News
The Drought Monitor noted that the drought is starting to "take a significant toll" on food supplies. "In the primary growing states for corn and soybeans ...
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Meet our New Neighbors
Helix Center Biotech Incubator Launches New Phase of Region’s Biotech Growth
According to Sam Fiorello, client companies at the Helix Center Biotech Incubator will be welcome at the Danforth Plant Science Center. “In addition to exceptional oppor ...
Friday, June 29, 2012
The Plant Pulse June 29, 2012
New Technology Pollinates Plant Science
With their ability to utilize sunlight, carbon dioxide, water, and a dash of trace nutrients to produce food and purify air, plants are striking from an engineering standpoint, Allen says. “P ...
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
10 Of The Year’s Most Amazing Science Photos
Last week, the Wellcome Collection announced the winners of its 12th annual image awards, recognizing the “most informative, striking and technically excellent” pictures from the collection’s recent acquisitions.
We wanted to share a few images from ...
Monday, June 25, 2012
Welcome to the neighborhood Helix Center!
Join St. Louis County Economic Council to roll out the welcome mat and celebrate the grand opening of Helix Center Biotech Incubator today.
The $7.5 million incubator, at 1100 Corporate Square Drive in Olivette, will offer 17,000 square feet of lab ...
Friday, June 22, 2012
The Plant Pulse June 22, 2012
Rx for St. Louis economy: More immigration
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Mao came to the United States seven years ago. He has been working in St. Louis two years. "I like to contribute," said Mao. "Everyone should contribute and help understand ...
Thursday, June 21, 2012
GCP21 Participants Depart Conference Center to Explore the Field
On the third day of the second scientific meeting of the Global Cassava Partnership, participants boarded buses and headed for a field trip in Namulonge.
On the way the, groups made brief stops to visit with local farmers to gather information ab ...
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
GCP21: Southern Brazil – the next pest hotspot for cassava?
by Neil Palmer
Warmer winters are contributing to a dangerous build-up of crop pests in the cassava-producing region of southern Brazil, according to scientists at CIAT.
Potentially devastating pests such as the cassava mealybug, whitefly, lacebu ...
Monday, June 18, 2012
The Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century Underway
GCP21 II is off to a great start with more than 400 attendees from around the globe who traveled to Kampala, Uganda to discuss the potential research has to boost the production of this important food security crop.
The morning began with an openin ...