Tuesday, September 03, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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 ...