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