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.