Thursday, June 12, 2014
(Farm Press) Agricultural technology ‘absolutely essential’ to meet world food needs
With total food demand expected to increase by 70 percent in just under 40 years, and food prices forecast to rise as much as 100 percent, there is “enormous opportunity” for innovation and investment in agricultural technology, according to a recently published white paper from the Kauffman Foundation and the Danforth Center.
(Bloomberg) Andean Superfood Lost in Quinoa Craze as Orphan Crop
Orphan crops, a plant that receives little research or market attention compared with agribusiness mainstays, are important for food security and are critical for large numbers of people, but they don’t create significant revenues or profits that can be put into the improvement of that crop.
Friday, May 23, 2014
(Forbes) Kauffman Report Makes The Case For AgTech Innovation & Investment
While the nascent industry is gaining momentum, a new white paper produced by The Kauffman Foundation and Danforth Center finds that we need more investment and entrepreneurship to fuel the “Evergreen Revolution,” or sustainably produce 70 percent more food by 2050.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
(AgProfessional) White paper calls for more ‘Agtech’ investment
The white paper, “AgTech: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Growth,” explores the pressures facing the global agriculture system and identifies the enormous opportunity for innovation, and associated investment, in this large ($2 trillion in farm assets) and growing economic sector.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
(Thinking Bigger Business Media) Why We Need More Ag Entrepreneurs
Food demand and food prices will soar in the coming decades, and agricultural entrepreneurs will need to increase food production with the environment in mind, according to a white paper released by the Kauffman Foundation and Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
(DIGITS Wall Street Journal) Grow My Pretties! Tech Center Speeds Plant Growth
Sugar cane, switch grass and sorghum provide green-energy alternatives to polluting fossil fuels. The recently unveiled Danforth Science Center in the U.S. Midwest hopes to make these plants grow faster.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
(Des Moines Register) Five young Iowans who could be the next Norman Borlaug
Staffers at the World Food Prize sometimes refer to Danforth Center summer 2012 intern, Adam Riesselman, as having the greatest potential to be the next Borlaug.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
(UMSL) Two UMSL students believe they have $100,000 idea
Two University of Missouri–St. Louis students have teamed up with two Danforth Center professionals and are taking part in the 2014 Agricultural Innovation Prize, a partnership between The Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Friday, March 07, 2014
(The Week) How the tick-tock of a plant's clock could help fight the effects of global warming
Humans aren't the only ones that are jarred when their Circadian rhythms are disrupted. Plants, too, live by a finely tuned time-keeping system. In St. Louis, Mo., scientists are studying these processes so they can learn how to hack into a plant's clock and create more resilient crops and faster-growing biofuels.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
(St. Louis Public Radio) Community College Innovation Builds Skilled Biotech Workforce
Located at BRDG Park at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the STLCC Center for Plant and Life Sciences and its contract research organization, BioBench, is a national model for addressing skilled workforce needs by embedding education and training within a research park.
Monday, March 03, 2014
(GenomeWeb) Advocacy Group Urges Caution over Agricultural RNAi
A wave of letters to the Environmental Protection Agency from scientists in both academia and industry are pointing to a large and growing body of evidence on the safety and specificity of RNAi in plants.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
(St. Louis Business Journal) Benson Hill, J.R. Simplot launch pilot for potato crops
Local ag startup Benson Hill Biosystems is partnering with the $6 billion company to improve potato crop yields.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
(St. Louis Public Radio) Drive To Understand Can Help Hold Off Potential Environmental Disaster
If we educate ourselves and put our confidence in human intelligence and in science rigorously applied by talented individuals, we can help add another positive chapter to the human story.
Friday, February 14, 2014
(St. Louis Business Journal) Rapid Growth with Results
In 2013, Danforth Center researchers were awarded $12 million in grant funding, they produced 89 peer-reviewed papers, filed seven patent applications and nine technology licensing deals to for-profit companies.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
(AgriMarketing) Danforth Plant Science Center Hires Four New Researchers
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has hired four new lead scientists to expand the Center's groundbreaking work in plant phenomics, genomics, root structure, pathogens, and bioenergy grasses.
Monday, January 13, 2014
(St. Louis Public Radio) Danforth Plant Science Center Growing With New Researchers
The new scientists will focus on new technologies such as robotics, as well as bolstering the Center’s existing research.
Friday, January 10, 2014
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center expanding research teams
The Danforth Plant Science Center announced a move today that could add 40 to 50 new jobs at the research facility.
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Danforth Center adds research muscle
The Danforth Center launches four new research teams, adding 40-50 jobs in total.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
(Iowa Corn) Iowa Corn Promotion Board and Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Announce Research Cooperation
The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) and The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have announced a formal research cooperation to explore opportunities for innovation in nutrient utilization for Iowa’s corn farmers.
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) The Board of Trustees of the Danforth Center elected three new trustees
The Center expands its board by adding three St. Louis leaders as new trustees.