Features

Todd Mockler, Ph.D.

The goal of Todd’s research is to elucidate the means to predict plant performance, responses and behaviors from genetic, epigenetic, transcriptomic data across a range of environments. Achieving this goal requires developing new computational tools, predictive algorithms, modeling approaches, development of monocot-focused experimental tools, and a high-throughput digital phenotyping platform.

Thursday, 04 October 2018

(AGRINEWS) Bringing the largest crop robot to ground level

It’s in St. Louis at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center that a team of scientists headed by Todd Mockler are searching for breeding keys for maximizing the bioenergy potential of sorghum.
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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

(Farm Futures) 4 ways tech will transform your farm: Part one in a series

CRISPR? Robots? Ag’s latest buzzwords will revolutionize how you farm — sooner than you think.
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Thursday, 28 June 2018

(EQ) From Science Research To IoT Device Design: Plant Analytics Startup Grows With Arch Grants

Dr. Nadia Shakoor is pioneering the future of agriculture and plant research with an IoT-enabled phenotyping and data collection device. She opens up about her debut in the business world.
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Monday, 30 April 2018

(The New York Times) How a Rose Blooms: Its Genome Reveals the Traits for Scent and Color

Study marks a new “democratization” of plant research resulting from more widely available, affordable and detailed genome sequencing
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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Drought Response in Global Crops may be as Complex as Day and Night

Pioneering study makes important advances in understanding how plants respond to water stress
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Thursday, 20 April 2017

(St. Louis Business Journal) Helix Center startup licenses tech from Danforth Center

Edison Agrosciences has licensed tech from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to aid in the biotech company's development of natural rubber.
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Edison Agrosciences Licenses Technology from the Danforth Center

New Software provides an Alternative Method for Identifying Relevant Genes
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Leading Foundation Working to Empower Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa Taps Danforth Center

Leading Foundation Working to Empower Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa Taps Danforth Center
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Danforth Center Expands Major Research Program to Benefit Farmers in the Developing World

Sorghum is an ideal crop to meet the predicted doubling of global demand for food and fuel by 2050 with less impact on the environment.
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Tuesday, 01 November 2016

Danforth Plant Science Center Develops Versatile Field Phenotyping to Benefit Farmers

Solar-powered PheNode is set for investment stage.
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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Momentum Continues with the Eighth Annual Ag Innovation Showcase

Expanded content sessions, panels and participants reflects the growth and potential in the agtech space.
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Tuesday, 02 August 2016

New Robotic Phenotyper Deployed to Advance Improvement of Key Bioenergy Crop

The world’s largest robotic field scanner is providing insight on how plants adapt to their changing environments.
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Partnership with Benson Hill Biosystems Focuses Efforts on Sorghum as a Next-Generation Bioenergy Source

Sorghum’s adaptability to diverse environments, low fertilizer requirements, high biomass potential and its compatibility with row crop production position it to become the premier bioenergy crop in the United States.
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Announcing New Research to Address Global Food Security and the Sustainability of Coastal Golf Courses

The Danforth Center’s mission to improve the human condition through plant science directly translates to addressing the food security and sustainability challenges in our world.
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Tuesday, 07 June 2016

Illumina Announces Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to Receive Agricultural Greater Good Initiative Grant to Improve Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa

Project Leverages HiSeq X Ten System to Accelerate Grain Sorghum Breeding.
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Monday, 25 April 2016

Events and Accolades Mark the Dedication of the William H. Danforth Wing

Earlier this month, the Danforth Center celebrated its biggest milestone since the opening of the initial building in 2001.
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Monday, 04 January 2016

(AGWeb) How 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. 
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

(GenomeWeb) With Single-Molecule Sequencing, Researchers Generate Near-Complete Grass Genome

Using single-molecule sequencing, researchers led by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center's Todd Mockler have generated a near-complete genome of Oropetium thomaeum, a desiccation-tolerant grass.
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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Scientists Sequence Drought Tolerant Grass Using Single Molecule Real-Time Sequencing

Analysis results in greater understanding of important biological traits related to crop drought tolerance
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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

(St. Louis Business Journal) Agtech Startup Benson Hill Raises $7 Million

Benson Hill is focused on photosynthesis as a pathway to improving crop production.
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