Features

Monday, September 11, 2017

TechAccel Invests in Unique Sprayable RNAi Pesticide Technology

First “Path to Commercialization” Grant Awarded to Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
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Thursday, December 29, 2016

(St. Louis Public Radio) Danforth Center receives funding to expand cassava project to Nigeria

Researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center say a $10.45 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will allow them to expand a project to develop genetically modified cassava into Nigeria.
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Thursday, December 29, 2016

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Danforth Center receives Gates Foundation grant to advance cassava research in Africa

Researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have secured a multimillion-dollar grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which they say could help save a staple crop in Africa from steadily encroaching disease.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Plant Pulse

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.
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

(St. Louis Public Radio) East African Farmers Consider Genetic Modification of Food Security Crops to Avoid Shortages

Jude Aleu, a cassava safety manager for Uganda’s National Crops Resources Research Institute, is working with scientists from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to test cassava plants that are genetically modified to resist disease in a project called VIRCA — Virus Resistant Cassava for Africa. 
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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

(St. Louis Public Radio) In Uganda, Cassava is a Staple in Times of Insecurity | Part 2

For Ugandans, the starchy tuber is more than a staple food crop. It helped people survive many years of war.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

(St. Louis Public Radio) Danforth Center Collaborative Research Project Aims to Reduce Hunger in Developing World | Part 1

In many parts of East and Central Africa, farmers are experiencing declining yields of cassava due to brown streak virus, a plant disease that can render a crop inedible.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

(NTV Weekend) Disease Resistant Cassava, (East African) Diseases Pose Threats to Cassava Production

From Kenya, recent national news coverage of virus resistant cassava being developed and tested in the field by our VIRCA partners.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Scientist Honored with Award from First World Congress

Congratulations, Dr. Narayanan!
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Monday, March 07, 2016

(Daily Monitor) Counting Potential Benefits of Biotechnology to Uganda

In crop agriculture, genetic modification (GM) technology has been used to improve appearance, taste, nutritional quality as well as drought, pest and disease tolerance.
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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. 
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Monday, January 18, 2016

​(CBS Sunday Morning) Digging for Seeds of Truth in GMO Debate

By some estimates, 80 percent of all processed foods -- cereals, baby formula, canned soups and more -- contain at least one GMO, or Genetically Modified Organism. But whether GMOs are safe and whether they should be listed on the label has led to a very big food fight.
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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. 
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Research Institute to Improve Crop Productivity in the Developing World

Science improving food security with collaboration.
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Monday, July 20, 2015

(The Scientist) Improving Crops with RNAi

Nigel Taylor, senior research scientist and Narender Nehra, director of regulatory affairs in the Institute for International Crop Improvement (IICI) co-authored this article about how RNA interference is proving to be a valuable tool for agriculture, allowing researchers to develop pathogen-resistant and more-nutritious crops.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

(National Geographic) The Next Green Revolution

Modern supercrops will be a big help. But agriculture can’t be fixed by biotech alone.
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Research at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Featured in National Geographic Series, The Future of Food

Research to improve agriculture productivity using cutting-edge technology at the Danforth Center is featured in the October issue of National Geographic.
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Danforth Center Expands Work to Improve Crop Productivity in the Developing World to New Level with New Institute for International Crop Improvement

Providing support and serving partnerships to enhance crops for food security ST. LOUIS, MO, October 22, 2012 – The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center’s Institute for International Crop Improvement (IICI), has been established to expand research ...
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Golden Cassava Award Presented at International Scientific Conference

Kampala, Uganda, June 20, 2012—The Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) convened its second scientific conference on June 18 at the Speke Resort Conference Centre in Kampala, Uganda with an impressive opening ceremony featuring t ...
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Global gathering features leading authorities on cassava research

Presentations to address a wide variety of issues impacting production and food security ST. LOUIS, MO, May 29, 2012—An impressive lineup of the leaders in cassava research and development from around the globe will present during the second scienti ...
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