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.
Friday, October 17, 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, 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.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Plant scientist’s use of morphometric tools reveals clues to evolution of violins and his research, aimed at improving crop productivity
What could the natural diversity and beauty of plant leaves have in common with one of mankind’s greatest creative inventions, the violin? Much more than you might imagine.
Friday, October 03, 2014
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
The Photographic Sketchpad: Craig Cutler Brings Science to Life
To illustrate the research of Dan Chitwood at the Danforth Center, photographer Craig Cutler translated the science into a visual narrative for National Geographic.
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.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Danforth Fellowships in plant sciences announced
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and Washington University in St. Louis have teamed up to enhance the St. Louis regional effort in plant sciences by creating a new four-year Danforth Fellowship program specifically for students in any Ph.D. program with a strong interest in plant sciences.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Nature’s Medicines: Translating Plants to Healthcare Applications Recap and Photos
On Thursday, April 3, 2014, nearly 300 guests attended the Danforth Center’s first Conversations program of 2014. Take a look at some photos from the event.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Senator Roy Blunt Receives BIO’s Legislator of the Year Award
Representatives of Missouri plant and life science organizations presented Senator Roy Blunt with the 2013-2014 Legislator of the Year award during the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) annual Legislative Day Fly-in in Washington D.C.
Friday, April 04, 2014
Monday, March 31, 2014
Nature’s Medicines: Translating Plants to Healthcare Applications
Join us this Thursday, April 3, as featured panelists Toni Kutchan, Ph. D., Oliver M. Langenberg distinguished investigator, vice president for research, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and Mark Trudeau, president and chief executive officer, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, discuss medicines from plants and how research at the Danforth Center reaches the marketplace.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Celebrating 100 Years of the Global Impact of Dr. Norman Borlaug
This year, National Agriculture Day coincides with the centennial anniversary date of Dr. Norman Borlaug’s birthday. The 1970 Nobel Laureate was an inspiration to all who believe in the importance of plant science.