Wednesday, January 20, 2016
(Agri Investor) Sowing the Seed: Cultivating Relationships with Agtech Start-ups
The chief operating officer for the Danforth Plant Science Center talks about how to attract the best start-ups from around the world, his local community seed stage and VC funding connections, and the limits to the risk his organisation can afford to take.
(Feed Navigator) US Researchers Seek to Boost Yield by Improving Corn's Nitrogen Use
A team of US based researchers are seeking a way to improve yields by enhancing the way corn plants utilize nitrogen.
Monday, January 18, 2016
(CBS Sunday Morning) Digging for Seeds of Truth in GMO Debate
By some estimates, 80 percent of all processed foods -- cereals, baby formula, canned soups and more -- contain at least one GMO, or Genetically Modified Organism. But whether GMOs are safe and whether they should be listed on the label has led to a very big food fight.
Monday, January 04, 2016
(AGWeb) How Resurrection Plants Could Lead to More Drought-Tolerant Crops
Recent genome sequencing of Oropetium grass has given researchers a blueprint in distinguishing genes related to phenomenal plant resilience.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
(St. Louis Business Journal) Indian Agtech Company to Open U.S. Headquarters in St. Louis
Lacgene Technologies will establish its U.S. headquarters at the Helix Center Biotech Incubator.
Friday, December 18, 2015
(The Columbia Daily Tribune) Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, MU Hire First of 4 in Joint Faculty Initiative
The University of Missouri and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis has hired the first of four joint faculty members in a program aimed to attract scientists focused on plant science and agriculture innovation.
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
(Forbes) The Right Way to Build a Tech City
Startups should know what differentiates their product from others. Building around an unique strength, a facet that’s difficult to emulate, offers small companies a chance to gain critical mass.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
(GenomeWeb) With Single-Molecule Sequencing, Researchers Generate Near-Complete Grass Genome
Using single-molecule sequencing, researchers led by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center's Todd Mockler have generated a near-complete genome of Oropetium thomaeum, a desiccation-tolerant grass.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
(Alaska Beyond Magazine) Envisioning a Better Tomorrow
James Carrington, president of the Danforth Center was cited as one of five creative thinkers who are changing our world.
Monday, October 26, 2015
(KMOX Radio) Studio B with Carol Daniel: Women in Science
Dr. Toni Kutchan discusses the opportunities and challenges for women in science with Carol Daniel.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
(St. Louis Public Radio) Meet the Three St. Louis Companies That Will be Featured at the Ag Innovation Showcase
This year at Ag Showcase, 19 early stage companies will present to possible investors, three of which are companies based in St. Louis.
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
(AgFunder) Women, IT and Mars: What to Expect from This Year’s Ag Innovation Showcase in St Louis
The St. Louis-based Ag Innovation Showcase, one of agtech’s longest standing events, is in its seventh year and the event organizers are promising attendees their best year yet as registrants are already up 26 percent on last year.
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
(St. Louis Public Radio) McCaskill Begins Agriculture Tour with Visit to Danforth Center and BRDG Park
"I think it’s important to remind people that agriculture is not just in the fields, but it is research," McCaskill said, "and it’s the commercialization of research that allows for food and security and better yields and better nutrition, and that’s what’s going on here."
Friday, August 28, 2015
(St. Louis Public Radio) The Secret Life of Bees: Understanding Ourselves Through Insect Behavior
Gene Robinson, director of the Bee Research Facility at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and James Carrington, president of the Donald Danforth Plant Center, discussed dives in bee health and what it means for human society.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
(St. Louis Business Journal) Agtech Startup Benson Hill Raises $7 Million
Benson Hill is focused on photosynthesis as a pathway to improving crop production.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
(Area Development) Israel-Based Evogene Establishes US Headquarters In St. Louis, Missouri
Israeli biotechnology company Evogene will establish its United States headquarters at the Bio-Research & Development Growth Park in St. Louis, Missouri.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
(MIT Technology Review) The Next Great GMO Debate
James Carrington, Ph.D., president of the Danforth Center discusses modifying crops with RNA instead of through their genes.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
(NineNetwork) Science Matters
Bioenergy research leads to a discovery about one of the most intriguing mysteries about life on Earth: the origins of sex.
Monday, July 20, 2015
(The Scientist) Improving Crops with RNAi
Nigel Taylor, senior research scientist and Narender Nehra, director of regulatory affairs in the Institute for International Crop Improvement (IICI) co-authored this article about how RNA interference is proving to be a valuable tool for agriculture, allowing researchers to develop pathogen-resistant and more-nutritious crops.
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Region Grapples with Hotter Future as it Looks to Adapt to Climate Change
Danforth Center associate member and Geraldine and Robert Virgil distinguished investigator Todd Mockler, Ph.D., was featured on the front cover of the Post-Dispatch over the holiday weekend.