The Science in Our Food
The Center’s facilities serve as regional, national and international resources
Friday, February 24, 2017
(St. Louis Post Dispatch) Plant science district to receive trail planning grant
There’s some new money headed to efforts to connect the biotechnology and plant science hub in Creve Coeur known as “39 North” to the cross-county Centennial Greenway.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Local agtech hub needs diversity, inclusion, leaders say
39 North, St. Louis’ agtech innovation hub, should focus on community development and diversity in order to truly succeed, Danforth Center Chief Operating Officer Sam Fiorello said Tuesday at Venture Cafe’s latest program
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
(The Scientist) Andrea Eveland Teases Apart Gene Networks in Crop Plants
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center researcher links complex traits to the genes that underlie them.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
(Nature) Plant biologists welcome their robot overlords
Old-school areas of plant biology are getting tech upgrades that herald more detailed, faster data collection.
(AG WEB) AgTech Flexes Its Humanitarian Side
At the very heart of agriculture is the drive to feed the world. AgTech is enabling farmers to do this more efficiently and effectively than ever, and major investors are watching closely.
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.
(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.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Innovation Master Plan Designed to Grow Tech Jobs
Innovation Master Plan Designed to Grow Tech Jobs
Thursday, November 10, 2016
(Agri-View) Phenotyping station ready for field testing
PheNode, a “smart” solar-powered environmental sensor and phenotyping station for crops, has been developed at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
Monday, November 07, 2016
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center seeking investors for "smart" sensor
Danforth Center scientists develop a solar-powered "smart" sensor that will help farmers monitor their crops more efficiently
Friday, October 28, 2016
(EQ) Interview: Sheila Sweeney on St. Louis’ Emerging Agtech Corridor
The CEO of St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, Sheila Sweeney, discusses why St. Louis is the right place to build an Ag hub and other updates impacting the tech community.
Monday, October 24, 2016
(St. Louis Magazine) The Power List: 100 People Who are Shaping St. Louis Today
Danforth Center President, James Carrington, Ph.D., and Sam Fiorello, COO of the Danforth Center and president of BRDG Park are featured in St. Louis' Power List.
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.
Monday, October 10, 2016
(St. Louis Business Journal) Karandish: Five Things St. Louis Can Do to Build the Startup Community
David Karandish left his post as CEO of one of St. Louis’ largest tech companies — Answers Corp. — in September to focus more on his involvement with local startups. Already, he’s got a list of things St. Louis can do to help build opportunities.
Friday, October 07, 2016
(Iowa Farmer Today) Entrepreneurs Explore Food Waste Solutions to Feed 9 Billion
Dan Morash from California Safe Soil turns food waste into plant food. Morash and other members of a panel recently shared their ideas on food waste at the Ag Innovation Showcase, held at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
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.
(STL Live) Donald Danforth Plant Science Center | 2016 Seeds of Change Part 2
Chris Danforth speaks with STL Live about the Seeds of Change event coming up on Thursday, October 6, 2016.
(STL Live) Donald Danforth Plant Science Center | 2016 Seeds of Change Part 1
Chris Danforth speaks with STL Live about the mission of the Danforth Plant Science Center and the impact the institution is having on the region and the world.
Monday, September 26, 2016
(St. Louis Public Radio) St. Louis Groups Court Next Wave of Israeli Companies
“Being out here and communicating what we do in our innovation ecosystem helps to build the brand and to send the message that St. Louis has built something special and you should look at it,” said Sam Fiorello, COO of the Danforth Center and president of BRDG Park.
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.
(St. Louis Public Radio) Danforth Science Center Researches Indigo Plant Genes to Make Denim Jeans More Eco-friendly
The project aims to produce 26,000 acres of indigo crops by 2021 to meet market demand and become cost-competitive with synthetic indigo dye products.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Lab Space Crunch: Urgency Builds for Biotech Startup Labs in Wake of Monsanto Deal
“It was important then and it will be imperative now to do everything we can to retain that intellectual capital and talent,” said Donn Rubin, president and CEO of BioSTL, the nonprofit organization that operates BioGenerator.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
(St. Louis Economic Development Partnership) The Missouri Ag Story
St. Louis is home to the most plant scientists anywhere in the world, but it doesn’t stop there.
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Merger Puts Spotlight on Monsanto's Charitable Giving
“Yes, Monsanto has been a terrific supporter over the years, but we receive support from a whole host of companies including Monsanto’s competitors,” said Sam Fiorello, chief operating officer at the Danforth Center. “I’m optimistic that we won’t see any significant negative impacts of this,” he said of the region.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
(Textile World) National Science Foundation Supports Stony Creek Colors And Danforth Center Collaboration For Bio-Based Indigo Business Project
“Genomics and non-destructive, high-throughput phenotyping are cornerstones of our research at the Danforth Center, and it’s exciting to have the opportunity to use the methods we have developed to directly accelerate improvements in a sustainable indigo feedstock,” said Noah Fahlgren, Ph.D. director, Bioinformatics Core, Danforth Plant Science Center, co-principal Investigator on the project.
Monday, September 12, 2016
(St. Louis Public Radio) More Women-Led Companies to Present at Ag Innovation Showcase
Women are getting more involved in agtech. It’s evident at the Ag Innovation Showcase, a conference of agricultural innovators, scientists and investors that takes place annually at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
Monday, August 29, 2016
(Chemical & Engineering News) Transforming Agriculture, Again
Gene-editing with CRISPR/Cas9 accelerates trait development in crop plants.
Monday, August 22, 2016
(St. Louis Business Journal) 20 Companies to Present at Ag Innovation Showcase
The Ag Innovation Showcase is scheduled for Sept. 12-14 at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
(Crop Science Society of America) Sayonara, Kudzu Bug?
Adam Bray, graduate student in the Topp Lab at the Danforth Center has spent a lot of time with kudzu bugs. He is researching the bug’s destruction of soybeans and how to protect the crop.
Friday, August 05, 2016
(The New Economy) Agriculture Innovators Prepare for September’s Ag Innovation Showcase
The Ag Innovation Showcase brings together the industry’s brightest minds in the hopes of securing a more efficient and sustainable future for agriculture.
Thursday, August 04, 2016
(St. Louis Business Journal) U.S. Firms Built Technology Behind the Rio Olympics: TechFlash 7 Things
Valent BioSciences Corporation and the Danforth Center have finalized a multi-year agreement.
(Agri-View) Root Research Uses Real-Time Imaging
Until now, the only way for plant scientists to observe in-field root development has been to extract roots from the soil. Imaging technology will enable research without adversely affecting plant development, according to the organizations.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
(BRDG Park) NewLeaf Symbiotics Appoints VP for Research and Discovery
Microbial expert joins agricultural biologicals company.
Friday, July 08, 2016
(KMOV News 4) Imagine a Better St. Louis: Science Center
Andre Hepkins reports on the hub of scientific development in the region.
Thursday, July 07, 2016
(GreenBiz) Bayer, DuPont Bet $15 Million that Agtech is Ready to Bloom
"We've taken what Silicon Valley has done very well in the acclerator space and adapted it to agriculture."
Monday, June 20, 2016
(People Behind the Science) Dr. Malia Gehan: Cool Research on Plant Responses to Temperature Stress
Dr. Malia Gehan is a new Assistant Member at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Her research examines how to improve crops in terms of their response to temperature stress and other abiotic stresses.
Friday, June 17, 2016
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center to Study How to Slow Golf Turf Damage
As the U.S. Open tees off this week, the Donald Danforth Plant Science could be at the forefront of slowing turf damage after receiving a $30,000 grant from the U.S. Golf Association.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Danforth Center and USGA Partnering to Improve Golf Course Sustainability
As golfers tee off at the U.S. Open this week, researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center are literally watching grass grow to find ways to improve turf on golf courses.
Friday, June 10, 2016
(Washington Monthly) St. Louis, Entrepreneurial Boomtown
Metro areas all over the country are trying to nurture startups, without much luck. The Gateway City is succeeding. What’s its secret?
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
(KMOV News 4) New Innovation District Hopes to Tap Into Scientific, Economic Resources
A plan for a new innovation district, much like Cortex in the Central West End, is being planned in hopes of bringing thousands of jobs to the Creve Coeur area.
Friday, May 13, 2016
(St. Louis Public Radio) Pennycress, a Common Weed in Missouri, Could be the Next Big Thing in Biofuel Innovation
While the typical American may be considering how to use alternative fuel in the form of an electric car or investing in a “smart home” system, big industry is also looking for ways to reduce CO2 emissions through the use of alternative biofuels.
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.
Monday, May 09, 2016
(Nature) Nature Biotechnology’s Academic Spinouts of 2015
Private investors looked kindly on biotech in 2015. Twice the amount of private money flowed into biotech than in 2014, which itself had been a high point compared to the previous five years of relative stagnation.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
(SciTech Now) SciTech Now Explores the Impact of the William H. Danforth Wing
The Danforth Plant Science Center is growing. Its new wing has space for 100 more scientists and the kind of technology that is changing how plant science is done.
Monday, April 25, 2016
(Stay Tuned) Danforth Center's New Wing
Casey Nolan covers the William H. Danforth Wing dedication ceremony on Friday, April 15, 2016.
(Agri News) Danforth Plant Science Center Opens New Wing
The center was founded in 1998 as a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science and position the St. Louis region as a world center for such research.
Monday, April 18, 2016
(AGProfessional) Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Dedicates New Wing
Leadership, scientists and supporters of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center dedicated the new William H. Danforth Wing, named in honor of the Founding Chairman whose vision catalyzed the formation of the Center in 1998.
(KMOX) World’s Leader in Plant Science Grows in St. Louis’ Backyard
A $45 million addition to the Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Couer, Missouri is bringing people closer than ever to scientists at work.
Friday, April 15, 2016
(KSDK News Channel 5) Danforth Center Celebrates Expansion
A major expansion at the Danforth Center in Creve Coeur is a new facility called the William H. Danforth Wing, named after the Center's founder.
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Plant Science Center’s $45 Million Expansion Opens
The 80,000-square-foot expansion, named the William H. Danforth Wing, opened Friday with 30 additional researchers on staff and room for 70 more.
Danforth Center Dedicates New Wing in Honor of William H. Danforth
Expansion to accelerate outcomes and impact of plant science research and innovation.
(KSDK News Channel 5) Danforth Center to Celebrate Expansion
The new facility at the Center can house up to 100 scientists.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
(St. Louis Magazine) Q&A: Dr. William Danforth
A conversation with the influential scientist.
(St. Louis Public Radio) Danforth Plant Science Center to Dedicate New Wing
The $45 million dollar expansion is 79,000 square feet and is four levels. It contains 34 controlled environment chambers for plant experiments, a bio-computing suite and a Maker Shop for new instrument development.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
(KMOX) Profiles: Sam Fiorello
Sam Fiorello, chief operating officer at the Danforth Center discusses the growing bio science market in St. Louis and the upcoming dedication of the William H. Danforth Wing Open House on Saturday, April 16, 2016.
Friday, April 08, 2016
(St. Louis Business Journal) Israeli company opening US headquarters in St. Louis
NRGene, an Israeli genomics company has chosen St. Louis for the location of its U.S. headquarters.
Monday, April 04, 2016
(St. Louis Business Journal) Two Scientists Join the Danforth Center
Ru Zhang and Malia Gehan will add their expertise to plant genomics and phenomics in order to strengthen the Danforth Center’s focus on agricultural productivity and sustainability.
(People Behind the Science) Dr. Blake Meyers: Researching RNA Regulation of Reproduction in Plants
The focus of Blake’s research is on small RNAs in plants. His lab studies how RNAs are used to regulate the complex machinery of cells, particularly in the context of plant reproductive biology.
Danforth Center Expands with New Principal Investigators
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is growing with the addition of two principal investigators.
Friday, April 01, 2016
Discovery of Cellular Counting Mechanism Used for Size Control in Algae with Links to Cancer Genetic Pathway
Cell size is a critical trait for improved yields of algal biofuels.
Friday, March 18, 2016
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center Scientists Use Crowdfunding to Save Iconic Plant
Scientists at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center are asking for the public’s help in its efforts to save the Joshua tree from extinction.
(KCET) Scientists Want to Unlock the Joshua Tree's Secrets
It's a charismatic, distinctive symbol of the California deserts -- and it's in trouble. The Joshua tree, the iconic denizen of the Mojave Desert, faces serious threats from climate change, drought, and human development.
(Ladue News) Persons of Interest: Dr. William Danforth
Dr. William Danforth believes he’s a very lucky man.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) BRDG Park Company, Forrest Innovations, Works to Fight the Zika Virus
The battle against the Zika virus, which can cause birth defects and paralysis, has been taken to the source. The deadliest creatures on Earth — mosquitoes — kill 725,000 people every year by passing on malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and other diseases. Now the insects are blamed for spreading Zika, infecting 3 million to 4 million people across Latin America in the last year.
Monday, March 14, 2016
(University of Missouri CAFNR News) Building a Bridge
In his new role, Blake Meyers will be collaborating on plant science research with colleagues both at MU and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
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.
Monday, February 29, 2016
(St. Louis Public Radio) Plant Science Innovation District Coming to Creve Coeur
The district will help cement St. Louis as a life science hub and better attract companies and employees, according to Sam Fiorello, chief operating officer of the Danforth Center and president of BRDG Park.
Friday, February 26, 2016
(St. Louis Business Journal) St. Louis Regional Chamber’s Arcus Awards Announced
BRDG Park at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center took the Arcus Award for Achievement in Biosciences.
Friday, February 19, 2016
(KSDK News Channel 5) New Wing Coming to Danforth Plant Science Center
Dr. Danforth is the visionary behind the plant science center.
(Newsweek) Genetically Modified Rice Could Withstand the Ravages of Climate Change
Over 3 billion people across the globe depend on rice for survival—it’s one of the most widely consumed food crops, providing over one-fifth of the calories consumed by humans worldwide.
(St. Louis Business Journal) Editorial: A Wing and a Vision
This week brought news that the new, $45 million wing of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will be named the William H. Danforth Wing.
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center Names New Wing After Founder
The announcement was made by James Carrington, president of the Danforth Plant Science Center, who said the naming of the building is a very fitting and appropriate honor.
(Science) Plant Scientists: GM Technology is Safe
Danforth Center scientists Rebecca Bart, Noah Fahlgren and Daniel Chitwood are among the authors of the letter published in the journal Science.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Danforth Plant Science Center Expansion to Open in April
An additional 100 plant scientists will have a new home when the expansion wing of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center opens April 15.
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
(EQ) How Tom Brutnell Balances Research and Application
As the global population increases, agricultural yields must increase to feed the world’s population. One man standing at the center of solving that problem is Dr. Tom Brutnell, Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of Benson Hill Biosystems and Director of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
Friday, January 29, 2016
(St. Louis Business Journal) St. Louis County Hires Architect for Creve Coeur 'Innovation Hub'
A Baltimore-based architecture firm has been hired to help develop a master plan for a 600-acre "innovation hub" in Creve Coeur.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
(Agri Investor) Sowing the Seed: Cultivating Relationships with Agtech Start-ups
The chief operating officer for the Danforth Plant Science Center talks about how to attract the best start-ups from around the world, his local community seed stage and VC funding connections, and the limits to the risk his organisation can afford to take.
(Feed Navigator) US Researchers Seek to Boost Yield by Improving Corn's Nitrogen Use
A team of US based researchers are seeking a way to improve yields by enhancing the way corn plants utilize nitrogen.
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.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center Wins USDA Grant
Danforth officials will work with the University of Illinois on the grant.
Monday, January 04, 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.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center Team Wins Share of $13.5 Million Bioenergy Grant
The five-year project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is meant to generate “strategies” to increase sorghum plant biomass and make the crop more efficient in using water and nutrients.
(St. Louis Business Journal) Indian Agtech Company to Open U.S. Headquarters in St. Louis
Lacgene Technologies will establish its U.S. headquarters at the Helix Center Biotech Incubator.
Friday, December 18, 2015
(The Columbia Daily Tribune) Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, MU Hire First of 4 in Joint Faculty Initiative
The University of Missouri and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis has hired the first of four joint faculty members in a program aimed to attract scientists focused on plant science and agriculture innovation.
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
(Forbes) The Right Way to Build a Tech City
Startups should know what differentiates their product from others. Building around an unique strength, a facet that’s difficult to emulate, offers small companies a chance to gain critical mass.
Wednesday, November 18, 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.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
(Alaska Beyond Magazine) Envisioning a Better Tomorrow
James Carrington, president of the Danforth Center was cited as one of five creative thinkers who are changing our world.
Monday, October 26, 2015
(KMOX Radio) Studio B with Carol Daniel: Women in Science
Dr. Toni Kutchan discusses the opportunities and challenges for women in science with Carol Daniel.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
(St. Louis Public Radio) Meet the Three St. Louis Companies That Will be Featured at the Ag Innovation Showcase
This year at Ag Showcase, 19 early stage companies will present to possible investors, three of which are companies based in St. Louis.
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
(AgFunder) Women, IT and Mars: What to Expect from This Year’s Ag Innovation Showcase in St Louis
The St. Louis-based Ag Innovation Showcase, one of agtech’s longest standing events, is in its seventh year and the event organizers are promising attendees their best year yet as registrants are already up 26 percent on last year.
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
(St. Louis Public Radio) McCaskill Begins Agriculture Tour with Visit to Danforth Center and BRDG Park
"I think it’s important to remind people that agriculture is not just in the fields, but it is research," McCaskill said, "and it’s the commercialization of research that allows for food and security and better yields and better nutrition, and that’s what’s going on here."
Friday, August 28, 2015
(St. Louis Public Radio) The Secret Life of Bees: Understanding Ourselves Through Insect Behavior
Gene Robinson, director of the Bee Research Facility at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and James Carrington, president of the Donald Danforth Plant Center, discussed dives in bee health and what it means for human society.
(AgFunder) How the ‘Rockstar’ Scientists at The Photosynthesis Company Benson Hill Raised $7.3m Series A
The 'rockstars' are the co-founders of Benson Hill Biosystems, the biotech company that is developing crop traits to improve crop productivity through photosynethis.
Wednesday, August 26, 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.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
(Area Development) Israel-Based Evogene Establishes US Headquarters In St. Louis, Missouri
Israeli biotechnology company Evogene will establish its United States headquarters at the Bio-Research & Development Growth Park in St. Louis, Missouri.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
(MIT Technology Review) The Next Great GMO Debate
James Carrington, Ph.D., president of the Danforth Center discusses modifying crops with RNA instead of through their genes.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
(NineNetwork) Science Matters
Bioenergy research leads to a discovery about one of the most intriguing mysteries about life on Earth: the origins of sex.
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.
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Region Grapples with Hotter Future as it Looks to Adapt to Climate Change
Danforth Center associate member and Geraldine and Robert Virgil distinguished investigator Todd Mockler, Ph.D., was featured on the front cover of the Post-Dispatch over the holiday weekend.
Friday, June 19, 2015
(St. Louis Public Radio) Girl Scouts Take Over the Danforth Center for Three Days of Science Learning – and Fun
More than 60 Girl Scouts from second grade to high school are attending a week-long, all-girls science camp where they are learning from women scientists about all things plant science.