The Science in Our Food
The Center’s facilities serve as regional, national and international resources
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Danforth Center Contributes TechShop Memberships
District Teachers and Students to Benefit
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Danforth Center Expands Major Research Program to Benefit Farmers in the Developing World
Sorghum is an ideal crop to meet the predicted doubling of global demand for food and fuel by 2050 with less impact on the environment.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Scientists crack the genetic code determining leaf shape in cotton
Discovery opens the door to producing cotton varieties ideally suited for agriculture
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
NRGene and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Assemble a Second Maize Reference Genome
Next-generation Mapping used to Improve the Maize reference Genome
International Collaboration Receives Grant to Advance Improvements in Cassava Harvests and Nutrition for Smallholder Families in Sub-Saharan Africa
Virus-resistant and nutritionally-enhanced Cassava for Africa.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
St. Louis County Executive Unveils 39 North AgTech District
St. Louis County will have a new AgTech innovation district to build on the area’s leadership position in this field and to attract startups and AgTech companies from around the world.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
TechAccel and Danforth Plant Science Center Announce Strategic Partnership to Advance Ag Innovation to Meet Global Challenges
$250,000 Grant Will Provide Capital to Advance and Commercialize Projects
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Danforth Plant Science Center Develops Versatile Field Phenotyping to Benefit Farmers
Solar-powered PheNode is set for investment stage.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Discovery of Carbon Storage Signaling Mechanism in Algae Offers New Potential for Sustainable Biofuel Production
Algae with altered intracellular signaling have increased oil yields.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
$4.6 Million NSF Grant Will Help Missouri-Led Team Study Grafting as a Way to Adapt Crops to Climate Change
Missouri collaboration focuses on understanding how root systems of grapevines affect the vine’s stems, leaves and fruits.
New Discoveries Offer Critical Information for Improving Crop Yield
Danforth Center research is addressing environmental issues related to production agriculture.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Cutting Edge Plant Technology Inspires the Danforth Center's Fall Symposium
The event will focus on Genetics and Genomics approaches to enhance crop productivity.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
National Science Foundation Supports Stony Creek Colors and Danforth Center Collaboration for Bio-based Indigo Business Project
From seed to closet, transforming the fashion industry through plant science.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Ag Conference Presents an Ecosystem of Innovation
Ag Innovation Showcase opens for its eighth year with a bang in social impact, women-led companies, gene editing and the farmers’ perspective on agtech.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Mizzou and Danforth Center Leaders to be Featured at the Conversations Program
Let’s Talk About… People, Plants and Partnerships: The Mizzou Connection
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Danforth Plant Science Center and Valent BioSciences will Collaborate in Unique Root Science Initiative
Master Agreement will focus on improving agriculture with non-destructive imaging technology for root growth dynamics.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Crop Roots Enact Austerity Measures During Drought to Bank Water
With a growing world population and a changing climate, understanding how agriculturally important plants respond to drought is crucial.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Benson Hill Biosystems and Danforth Plant Science Center Partner to Create Sustainable Sources of Bioenergy
CropOS™ Cloud Biology Platform Tapped to Advance Sustainable Crop Development
Monday, June 13, 2016
United States Golf Association Taps Danforth Center To Improve Course Sustainability
Research will advance the development of salt-tolerant turf varieties.
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Illumina Announces Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to Receive Agricultural Greater Good Initiative Grant to Improve Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa
Project Leverages HiSeq X Ten System to Accelerate Grain Sorghum Breeding.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Mapping a Path to Improved Cassava Production
Comparative analysis highlights impacts of previous breeding programs on cassava genome.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Danforth Center Dedicates New Wing in Honor of William H. Danforth
Expansion to accelerate outcomes and impact of plant science research and innovation.
Monday, April 04, 2016
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.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Danforth Center Names 2016 William H. Danforth Plant Science Fellow
Alexandra Asaro, a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis has been named the 2016 William H. Danforth Plant Science Fellow.
Monday, March 14, 2016
Scientists Using Crowdfunding to Sequence the Genome of Joshua Tree
Modern genetic tools could save an ancient Icon of the Mojave.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Plant Scientists: GM Technology a Safe Tool to Help Meet Food Supply Demands
More than 1,000 scientists from nonprofit, corporate, academic, and private institutions say public doubts about genetically modified food crops are hindering the next Green Revolution.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Scientists Discover How Plants Tailor Growth to the Seasons
“Molecular memory” of light exposure helps plants to remember daylight during winter nights
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
AAAS Selects Danforth Center Principal Investigator to Serve as Chair-Elect for the Biological Sciences
Elizabeth (Toby) Kellogg, Ph.D., was selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to serve as Chair-Elect for the Biological Sciences Section.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The Danforth Center Collaborates With the University of Illinois to Develop More Efficient Crops that Will Use Less Fertilizer to Produce More Yield
Research will focus on enhancing nitrogen use efficiency.
Monday, December 21, 2015
U.S. Department of Energy Awards $13.5M to Enhance Sorghum for Biofuel
The Danforth Center takes part in a multi-institutional research effort to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Strategic Partnership Attracts Plant Genomics Expert to Region
Joint hiring initiative between Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and University of Missouri to strengthen regional plant science and education
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Efforts to ‘Turbocharge’ Rice and Reduce World Hunger Enter Important New Phase
A long-term project aimed at improving photosynthesis in rice is entering its third stage, marking another step on the road to significantly increased crop yields that will help meet the food needs of billions of people across the developing world.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Scientists Sequence Drought Tolerant Grass Using Single Molecule Real-Time Sequencing
Analysis results in greater understanding of important biological traits related to crop drought tolerance
Monday, October 12, 2015
Environmental Economist to Speak About Sustainable Conservation at the Danforth Center’s SEEDS of CHANGE Event
Join the Danforth Center at the SEEDS of CHANGE event on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Danforth Center Partners with Missouri Botanical Garden for the First Joint Fall Symposium
For the first time, the Danforth Center and Missouri Botanical Garden are partnering to host the annual Fall Symposium, From Darwin to Borlaug: Biocomplexity in Natural and Agricultural Systems.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Danforth Center's Maker Group Hosts Free STEM Event
Join the Danforth Center's Maker Group on Saturday, October 3 from 1 P.M. – 5 P.M. for the second Raspberry Pi Jam! This free event is open to all ages, families, engineers, science and robot enthusiasts, and educators.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Seventh Annual Ag Innovation Showcase Opens in St. Louis
International forum spotlights convergence of tech, science and data in addressing climate change, sustainability, food safety and global food demand.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Women-Owned Technology Start-Ups To Take Center Stage at Ag Innovation Showcase in St. Louis
Firms are commercializing non-traditional innovations in bioplastics, water treatment, bio-based clothing dyes and renewable architectural products
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Benson Hill Biosystems Secures $7.3 Million Series A Financing
From Coast to Coast, Investors Support an Agricultural Solutions Company
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Eminent Entomologist on Honeybee Genome Will be Featured at Conversations Program
Let’s Talk About… Bees: Understanding the Roots of Social Life
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Girls STEAM Ahead Inspires Future Scientific Leaders
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri partners with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and St. Louis Community College at BRDG Park for science, art and fun.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Danforth Plant Science Center Receives $8M For Big Data Research Program To Advance Development of Key Bioenergy Crop
Understanding key phenotype-to-genotype associations will enhance efforts to bring products to market.
Monday, June 01, 2015
Botanical Gardens Uniquely Positioned to Meet Need for Food and Agricultural Education
“Botanical gardens are uniquely placed to present and educate the public about all the plant sciences, not just diversity and conservation, but also all the many disparate kinds of research related to plant breeding and crop production,” Elizabeth Kellogg, member of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Leading Plant Science Society Recognizes Two Danforth Center Scientists
Congratulations to Andrea Eveland, Ph.D. and Dan Chitwood, Ph.D. on receiving these prestigious awards!
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
St. Louis Wins Coveted Grant to Elevate the Existing Plant Science Ecosystem
$500,000 grant will support expanded innovation hub in Creve Coeur
St. Louis Conservation Thought Leaders Featured at Summer Conversations Program
Let’s Talk About… Prairies, Conservation and Energy
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Influential Environmental Advocates Open 2015 Conversations Series
Let's Talk About... From the Clean Water Act to Everglades Restoration: 40 Years of Conservation
Monday, February 09, 2015
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Recognized by Bank of America for Its Impact in Improving the Human Condition through Plant Science
Neighborhood Builder® will receive leadership training and $200,000 in flexible funding
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Structure of World’s Largest Single Cell Is Reflected at the Molecular Level
Daniel Chitwood, Ph.D., assistant member, used the world’s largest single-celled organism, an aquatic alga called Caulerpa taxifolia, to study the nature of structure and form in plants. It was recently reported the results of their work in the online journal, PLOS Genetics
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Danforth Center's Maker Group Receives Support from Raspberry Pi Foundation
Grant will support local STEM outreach
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, MU to Hire Four Joint Researchers
Officials from the University of Missouri and the Danforth Center announced a new collaborative agreement that will lead to the hiring of four new researchers who enhance plant science research to benefit the state, nation and world.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Welcomes New Principal Investigator
As expansion efforts continue to advance, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has hired Andrea Eveland, Ph.D., as a principal investigator and assistant member.
Monday, October 13, 2014
New Discovery Will Enhance yield and quality of Cereal and Bioenergy Crops
A team of scientists led by Thomas Brutnell, Ph.D., have developed a new way of identifying genes that are important for photosynthesis in maize, and in rice
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Plant scientist discovers basis of evolution in violins
Studies of plant leaf shape relevant to musical instruments
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.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Danforth Center Hosts Famed Physicist and Author
Amory B. Lovins, Cofounder, Chief Scientist and Chairman Emeritus of the Rocky Mountain Institute, will be the featured speaker at the annual SEEDS of CHANGE event.
Monday, September 08, 2014
Benson Hill Names Business Development and Intellectual Property Executives
Benson Hill Biosystems is strengthening its executive team with two new hires
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Missouri Research Consortium Receives $20 Million Grant from National Science Foundation to Study Impacts of Climate Variability
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is part of a state-wide collaborative research project that was awarded a five year, $20 million grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Danforth Center Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Accelerate the Development of Clean Energy Technologies
As part of a joint DOE-USDA program, Danforth Center researchers, were awarded funding for a $1.5 million project to understand physiologic responses of bioenergy grasses to environmental changes
Monday, July 14, 2014
Discovery in Algae Reveals Evolutionary Origin of Sexes
A discovery, by Center scientist, Jim Umen, Ph.D., in the multicellular green alga, Volvox carteri, has revealed the origin of male and female sexes, showing how they evolved from a more primitive mating system in a unicellular relative.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Benson Hill and CTC Establish Partnership in Sugarcane to Increase Yield
Danforth Center Researchers' company announces a partnership that involves translation of Benson Hill’s technology from its Setaria viridis model plant platform to CTC’s commercial sugarcane varieties for further development and commercialization.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Danforth Center Scientist Recognized Among World's Most Cited Researchers
James C. Carrington, Ph.D., president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is among the world's most highly cited scientists, according to Thomson Reuters’ 2014 list of Highly Cited Researchers.
Monday, June 16, 2014
St. Louis Wins Competitive Search to Land Major Player in Ag Industry
Region’s Plant Science Ecosystem Provides Key Resources for KWS Gateway Research Center
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Local Agtech company led by Danforth Center Scientists Receives Two NSF Grants to Improve Photosynthesis
Today Benson Hill Biosystems, an agricultural biotechnology company, announced that it has been awarded two Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer grants by the National Science Foundation.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Danforth Plant Science Center Set to Grow
Construction Begins on New $45 Million Addition to its Facility
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Agriculture Tech Advances Opportunities for Entrepreneurs, Kauffman/Danforth Plant Science Center Paper Shows
Paper calls on entrepreneurs to seize untapped potential for innovation in “AgTech” to meet global food demand while minimizing environmental impacts
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Danforth Center’s “Conversations” Series Continues
Nature’s Medicines: Translating Plants to Healthcare Applications
Monday, February 24, 2014
Benson Hill and J.R. Simplot Launch Pilot to Increase Potato Crop Yield
The companies will work jointly to incorporate Benson Hill’s technology into commercial varieties of J.R. Simplot potatoes to increase photosynthetic efficiency.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Iowa Corn Promotion Board and Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Announce Research Cooperation
The research cooperation has a goal of developing traits that will be used to improve farmer productivity and manage nutrients responsibly, which ICPB has identified as a priority area for research.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Danforth Center Announces Four New Lead Investigators
New hires bring significant expertise in phenomics and plant genomics to the region
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Danforth Plant Science Center Elects New Chairman and Expands Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center elected John F. McDonnell to succeed William H. Danforth, M.D., as chairman, and added three St. Louis leaders as new trustees.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Danforth Center receives $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation
The Center receives funds to support advanced research and education programs aimed at gaining a greater understanding of how plants develop.
Friday, December 06, 2013
NewLeaf Symbiotics acquires Intuitive Genomics
Combination of biologicals and big data creates opportunities for investors.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Danforth Plant Science Center adds $3.5 million, one-of-a-kind plant phenotyping facility to its core technologies
Advanced imaging and robotics will accelerate discovery
Monday, June 03, 2013
Danforth Center Announces New Director of Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Facility
New hire brings significant expertise to the Center
ST. LOUIS, MO, June 3, 2013 –Dr. Bradley Evans recently joined the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center as the director of the Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Facility. Dr. Evans’ accomplishments a ...
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 ...
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Danforth Plant Science Center Hosts 14th Annual Fall Symposium
Speakers from across the world will discuss synthetic and systems biology
ST. LOUIS, MO, September 4, 2012 – The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will be hosting its 14th annual Fall Symposium from Wednesday, September 26th – Friday, September 2 ...
Monday, August 13, 2012
Danforth Center’s “Conversations” Series Continues - August 13th, 2012
Let’s talk… Bioinformatics: at the Danforth Center and Beyond
ST. LOUIS, MO, August 13, 2012 – The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will host its quarterly “Conversations” Series sponsored by Boeing on Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 5:15 – 7: ...
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Researchers Demonstrate Control of Devastating Cassava Virus in Africa
International partnership makes progress to develop product for African farmers
ST. LOUIS, MO, August 7, 2012— An international research collaboration recently demonstrated progress in protecting cassava against cassava brown streak disease (CBSD), ...
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
NAABB Executive Director named Leader for Bioscience Division
Biofuels expert takes new role at Los Alamos National Laboratory
ST. LOUIS, MO, July 24, 2012 – The National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB), a consortium of leading scientists and engineers from universities, private industr ...
Monday, July 16, 2012
Danforth Plant Science Center Awarded $12 million to Study Drought as part of the effort to Develop Next Generation Bioenergy Grasses
Grant supports expansion of research at the Enterprise Institute for Renewable Fuels
ST. LOUIS, MO, July 16, 2012 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a five year, $12.1 million grant to researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Cen ...
Friday, June 22, 2012
Global Alliance shares Progress and Considers Strategies to use Modern tools to Unlock the Promise of Cassava
Kampala, Uganda, June 22, 2012—Global leaders in cassava research have drawn up an action plan to unleash the potential of cassava as a key crop to boost food security, tackle poverty and address a changing climate.
Over half-a-billion people in sub ...
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 ...
Monday, June 11, 2012
Leading researchers call for $100 billion investment in Agriculture research
Science holds the key to meeting global demands for food and fuel
St. Louis, MO, June 11, 2012—The scientific community must make a 10-year, $100 billion investment in food and energy security by funding plant research, says Dr. Tom Brutnell of the ...
Friday, June 01, 2012
General Motors and Enterprise Holdings to Address Corporate Sustainability at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
For more information, contact:
Laura Bryant, Enterprise Holdings
Terry Rhadigan, General Motors
Karla Roeber, Donald Danforth Planet Science Center
314-587-1231; kroeber@danfor ...
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Global gathering features leading authorities on cassava research
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 ...
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Global Alliance to Gather to consider Strategies for Overcoming Challenges of Global Climatic Change at International Cassava Conference
ST. LOUIS, MO, May 15, 2012—The Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) will hold its second scientific conference June 18 – 22, 2012 at the Speke Resort Conference Centre in Kampala, Uganda. GCP21 consists of 45 member institutions ...
Monday, May 14, 2012
Researchers look to relatives for clues in quest to develop sources of bioenergy
ST. LOUIS, MO, May 14, 2012—Arranging DNA fragments into a genome sequence that scientists can interpret is a challenge often compared to assembling a puzzle except you don’t have the box and have no idea what the picture is supposed to be. Sometimes ...
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Danforth Center’s “Conversations” Series Continues May 1st, 2012
Let’s talk… about Nature
and Technology: A Conversation about
ST. LOUIS, MO, May 1 , 2012 – The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will host its quarterly “Conversations” Series sponsored by Boeing on Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 5:15 ...
Monday, April 23, 2012
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to be Honored as the Second Annual Recipient of the International Humanitarian of the Year Award
Contact: Robert Fischer, 314-727-9988 or email@example.com
World Affairs Council of St. Louis set to recognize Donald Danforth Plant Science Center for humanitarian efforts to improve the human condition.
ST. LOUIS (April 23, 2012)—The World Af ...
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Student scientific program gets boost from two national foundations
ST. LOUIS, MO, April 10, 2012 – The National Science Foundation (NSF) and The Hearst Foundations collectively awarded $711,656 to support research training for undergraduate students in The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center’s Summer Internship pro ...
Monday, April 02, 2012
Danforth Plant Science Center Ranks in Top 10 Best Places to Work-Postdocs
ST. LOUIS, MO, April 2, 2012 – The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center was recently ranked 8th in The Scientist Magazine's 2012 “Best Places to Work Postdocs” survey of non-tenured life scientists working in academia, industry or noncommer ...
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Discovery offers insight into treating viral stomach flu
Lethal Norovirus has become the second leading cause of death from gastroenteritis
ST. LOUIS, MO, March 21, 2012—Twenty million Americans get sick from norovirus each year according to data released last week by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). ...
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Innovative St. Louis science facility expands by two
Eight new companies have joined the rapidly growing BRDG Park in last year
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (March 8, 2012) – Today, the Bio-Research and Development Growth Park (BRDG Park, pronounced “bridge”) at the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis welcome ...
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Danforth Center’s “Conversations” Series Continues - Let’s talk… about Plant Science Innovation: From Lab Bench to Dinner Plate
ST. LOUIS, MO, Feb 29 , 2012 – The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will host its quarterly “Conversations” Series sponsored by Boeing on Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 5:15 – 7:00 p.m. at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 N. Warson Ro ...
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
National Science Foundation supports research aimed at reducing the use of fertilizer - Jan 25, 2012
Project includes student mentoring program
ST. LOUIS, MO, January 25, 2012 – The National Science Foundation awarded $1.3 million to support research to reduce the amount of fertilizer used required to grow maize led by Drs. Paul Anderson, executive ...
Monday, December 05, 2011
Danforth Center Scientist Elected AAAS Fellow
ST. LOUIS, MO, December 5, 2011 –Dr. Eliot Herman, member at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has been elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. The election of AAAS Fellows by their peers has b ...
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Big Boost to Plant Research
ST. LOUIS, MO, November 29, 2011 – The four largest nonprofit plant science research institutions in the U.S. have joined forces to form the Association of Independent Plant Research Institutes (AIPI) in an effort to target plant science research to ...
Thursday, November 10, 2011
U.S. Department of Energy selects two proposals submitted by Danforth Plant Science Center
Projects support expansion of research at the Enterprise Institute for Renewable Fuels
ST. LOUIS, MO, November 10, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) has selected two projects from a highly competitive pool of app ...