39 North Innovation District Plan Unveiled
The Science in Our Food
Thursday, February 01, 2018
(The Scientist) Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops
Plants are locked in an ancient arms race with hostile viruses, but genome editing is giving crops the upper hand.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
(Nature) The Lost Art of Looking at Plants
Advances in genomics and imaging are reviving a fading discipline
(Agri-Pulse) The Promise and Potential for New Plant Varieties
If agricultural productivity growth continues to stagnate, there will be significant ramifications for the economic vitality and environmental sustainability of food
Monday, January 22, 2018
(HEC-TV) New Smart Crop-Monitoring Platform Alerts Farmers & Growers About Their Crops
Researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have created a crop phenotyping station called the PheNode.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
(FOX 2 News) Venture Cafe wants to grow St. Louis drone racing community
Throughout the evening at Venture Café Night: 39 North, First Person View (FPV) Drones Raced
Monday, January 08, 2018
(St. Louis Public Radio) St. Louis plant scientists use podcast to dig deep into the struggles of research Taproot, a Plantae Podcast Series with hosts Liz Haswell and Ivan Baxter
Researchers Liz Haswell and Ivan Baxter spend most their time trying to understand how plants function.
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
(KMOX) C-Speak Podcast: Sam Fiorello
Mark Reardon talks with Sam Fiorello on the C-Speak Podcast, the language of executives by KMOX
Saturday, December 23, 2017
(Talking Biotech Podcast) Control of Aflatoxin in Groundnut
Dilip Shah and a team of researchers worked to devise a multi-faceted plan to protect groundnut from fungal infections.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
(MIT Technology Review) These Are Not Your Father's GMOS
A new wave of gene-edited crops are dodging regulators, and they're about to reach stores.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
(St. Louis Post Dispatch) Shorter winters across Missouri: Who wins, who loses?
A combination of climate change and variations in weather patterns is causing winter to shorten.
Monday, November 13, 2017
(Microscopy and Analysis) Danforth Center: A passion for plants
Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit scientific facility located in St Louis, Missouri, United States, with a mission to "improve the human condition through plant science".
Thursday, November 09, 2017
(Cornell Alliance for Science) VIRCA Plus relies on community values to develop disease-resistant GMO cassava
In Africa, a child is said to be raised by the whole community.
Saturday, November 04, 2017
(Forbes) Collaboration Provides Hope In The Battle Against Mycotoxin Induced Cancer In The Developing World
There is new hope for a solution to this vexing health issue based on a recent collaboration between groups of scientists in the US and in India.
Thursday, November 02, 2017
(AGDAILY) Is the Midwest a tech hub? In the ag sector, definitely!
Deep in the darkest dirt of America’s Midwest, Wall Street capital waters the seeds of Silicon Valley technology. And the gadgets and systems once considered storylines for science-fiction films are coming up by the wagon-load as a result.
(AgFUNDER NEWS) Is St. Louis the Silicon Valley of Agtech?
St. Louis has worked hard to be a magnet for Fortune 500 companies. Nine members of this elite class call the city home, not the least of which is multinational agricultural giant Monsanto.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
(Biotechniques) Plants in the CRISPR
Blake Meyers of the Danforth Center has been using CRISPR to introduce single-nucleotide changes in plant microRNAs in Arabidopsis.
(St. Louis Public Radio) In a race to prevent hunger, Danforth researchers use CRISPR to gene-edit cassava
To prove that a new-gene editing technology could be used to alter the cassava plant, scientists in the St. Louis suburbs zeroed in on a gene used to process chlorophyll. Before long, they had petri dishes full of seedlings that were white as chalk.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
(St. Louis Business Journal) Commentary: Innovation communities, big companies and the future of St. Louis
St. Louis has been reinventing itself, quietly, as one of the nation’s brightest regions for innovation.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center given $3.4 million grant to improve corn yields
Researchers will use the five-year grant to develop new ways to predict a plant's traits from its genetic code and use that to enhance yield potential.
Monday, October 09, 2017
(St. Louis Post Dispatch) Danforth Center looks to the future of ethanol on a hot planet
Researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center think that sorghum — though still a common food grain — could provide a better alternative than the corn-based ethanol that dominates today’s domestic supply chain.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
(MU Undergraduate Research) Planting a Seed
Senior biological sciences major Alex McClelland sees a lot more than green leaves when looking at a plant; he sees a living, complex organism with habits and functions similar to those of a human being.
Monday, September 11, 2017
(St. Louis Business Journal) Why a St. Louis event could be one of agtech’s biggest disruptors: 4 questions with Bayer's R&D head
Monday marks the start of the ninth annual Ag Innovation Showcase.
(TechCrunch.com) Startups focus on the microbiome as an organic solution to increase crop yields
One of the multi-billion dollar problems facing the world these days is how to grow more food.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Bayer Crop Science R&D Chief Adrian Percy to Headline Ag Innovation Showcase St. Louis
Annual gathering attracts industry leaders, investors and entrepreneurs working to develop solutions to pressing global issues
Monday, August 28, 2017
(UMSL Daily) Mechanical engineering students develop working prototypes for the Danforth Center
This summer, 23 students in the University of Missouri–St. Louis and Washington University joint program developed designs and working prototypes to solve everyday issues for researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center as part of a capstone mechanical engineering design course..
Friday, August 25, 2017
(St. Louis Business Journal) Bayer exec heading to St. Louis for Ag Showcase next month
Adrian Percy will be the keynote speaker on Sept. 12 at the Danforth Center in Creve Coeur
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
(St. Louis Business Journal) Greitens touts Israeli relationship as economic generator
St. Louis is already home to a number of Israeli-founded companies that have moved to the area thanks to GlobalSTL, an initiative started and organized by BioSTL several years ago.
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
(Microscopy and Analysis) St Louis Special: Danforth Center
When Dr Howard Berg established the Danforth Center's Integrated Microscopy facility in 2001, his aim, as facility Director, was to provide researchers with the best instruments to image plant cells and better understand cell biology.
Monday, July 24, 2017
(UMSL Daily) REU internship at Danforth Center has UMSL student researching oilseed lipids for biofuels
Lauren Jenkins was one of 20 students out of 237 applicants to land a summer position at the facility.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Analysis Linking Field and Controlled Environments Reveals Key Traits Controlling Height
Discovery could help improve yield in food and bioenergy crops
Thursday, June 15, 2017
(Discover Magazine) For Funding, Scientists Turn to Unorthodox Sources
....government grants are competitive — there isn’t enough money for all the research projects out there.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
(EQ) One Day To Sell STL: 12 Israel AgTech Companies Visit St. Louis on Spring Delegation
(EQ) On March 6, 12 AgTech companies from Israel landed in St. Louis for a day-long dive into all things startup.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
(CEOWorld Magazine) How the Midwest of the U.S. Became the Global Agtech Leader
The middle of the U.S. is where innovation abounds. The region has actually blossomed into a dominant tech hub. Why?
Thursday, May 18, 2017
(Successful Farming) Nadia Shakoor says Phenode will help increase crop yields
10 Up & Comers: Nadia Shakoor
Thursday, May 11, 2017
(St. Louis Public Radio) Discussion of plant science innovation district to be held at Danforth Center
The Danforth Center is hosting the discussion, which will include panelists Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz, Travis Sheridan, CIC Venture Café Global Institute President, and Sheila Sweeney, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership CEO .
Thursday, April 20, 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.
Monday, April 03, 2017
(Columbia Daily Tribune) A growing population gets a robotic assist
Technology aids researchers in examining efficiency, yields of crops
Friday, March 24, 2017
(HEC-TV, Higher Education Channel) Danforth Center's Maker Movement: Plants, Robots & High Altitude Balloons.
A robotically controlled growth facility, the Bellweather Phenotyper, inspired scientists at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to create less expensive versions for their individual labs. Sixty percent of the scientists now participate in a Maker Group, where they acquire skills to build instruments designed for their own research. One scientist, Dustin Mayfield-Jones took his skills to new heights in adventures with high altitude balloons.
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
(St. Louis Business Journal) 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.