39 North Innovation District Plan Unveiled
The Science in Our Food
(Farm Futures) 4 ways tech will transform your farm: Part one in a series CRISPR? Robots? Ag’s latest buzzwords will revolutionize how you farm — sooner than you think.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 READ MORE
Burst of Morning Gene Activity Tells Plants When to Flower “This work showed us that plants are integrating many different signals together when making the critical decision of when to flower,” Dr. Nusinow said.
Monday, September 24, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center partners with Wells Fargo to expand company’s incubator program Partnership to advance solutions aimed at the interconnection of food, water and energy
Friday, September 14, 2018 READ MORE
The Ag Innovation Showcase launched by the Danforth Center in 2009 has helped put St. Louis on the map as an ag tech hub for scientists, entrepreneurs and investors.
Monday, September 10, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Business Journal) 12 companies presenting at next week’s Ag Innovation Showcase Among the presenting agtech and food companies is Plastomics, which is based at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Friday, September 7, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Business Journal) How St. Louis became the heart of global agtech "39 North is an extension of Dr. Danforth’s vision to make St. Louis a world center for plant science and innovation,” said Sam Fiorello, COO, Danforth Center and president of BRDG Park.
Friday, August 17, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center partners with Saint Louis University “We are excited for Allison to join us as a joint faculty member with SLU,” Jim Carrington, president of the Danforth Center, said in a statement.
Thursday, August 16, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Joint SLU, Danforth scientist expands research collaboration “I am delighted for the opportunity to bridge SLU and the Danforth Center through a joint appointment,” Miller said in a statement.
(WIRED) European Ruling Could Slow Africa’s Push For Crispr Crops Many European scientists cheered back in January when it seemed the court of the European Union would ease its restrictions on gene-editing technology in food.
Thursday, July 26, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Public Radio) Brookings touts agtech cluster in St. Louis After two decades of building, the region’s agricultural technology cluster is poised to take off
(EQ) From Science Research To IoT Device Design: Plant Analytics Startup Grows With Arch Grants Dr. Nadia Shakoor is pioneering the future of agriculture and plant research with an IoT-enabled phenotyping and data collection device. She opens up about her debut in the business world.
Thursday, June 28, 2018 READ MORE
(Modern Agriculture) The Future of Food and Farming Agriculture in 2050: Big Challenges, Bigger Dreams
Friday, June 15, 2018 READ MORE
(Innovation City) Dr. Jim Carrington on Innovation City Innovation City gives you an inside look at how rapidly business and culture are changing thanks to increasing diversity and inclusion
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Banners tout St. Louis County's new 39 North agricultural technology district Banners attached to streetlight poles were added Tuesday along Olive Boulevard for 39 North
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Sugarcane research company to open North American headquarters in St. Louis The world’s largest sugarcane technology company selects BRDG Park
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 READ MORE
CTC Genomics selects St. Louis as the site of its North American research headquarters Brazilian Ag Bio Firm Specializes in Sugarcane
(New York Times) How a Rose Blooms: Its Genome Reveals the Traits for Scent and Color Study marks a new “democratization” of plant research resulting from more widely available, affordable and detailed genome sequencing
Monday, April 30, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center to take discoveries to market with new hire Don MacKenzie is tasked overseeing the regulatory processes to bring the Danforth Center's technologies to market.
Friday, April 13, 2018 READ MORE
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) 39 North plant science district gets trail, road planning funds Plans are in motion to rework roads and improve incubator space
Friday, March 2, 2018 READ MORE
(Ag Professional) The Future of Ag Tech in the Midwest
The development of new technology in agriculture has helped encourage young people
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 READ MORE
(Agri-Pulse) Who is leading the charge for new precision breeding tools?
Plenty of precision breeding innovation
(St. Louis Public Radio) St. Louis plant scientists use podcast to dig deep into the struggles of research
Researchers Liz Haswell and Ivan Baxter spend most their time trying to understand how plants function.
Monday, January 8, 2018 READ MORE
(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 3, 2018 READ MORE
(KMOX) C-Speak Podcast: Sam Fiorello
Mark Reardon talks with Sam Fiorello on the C-Speak Podcast, the language of executives by KMOX
Friday, December 29, 2017 READ MORE
(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.
Saturday, December 23, 2017 READ MORE
(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.
Thursday, December 21, 2017 READ MORE
New Hire to Advance Human Resources
Danforth Center Welcomes Anna Dibble
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 READ MORE
(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.
Saturday, November 4, 2017 READ MORE
(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, November 2, 2017 READ MORE
DuPont Pioneer and Danforth Center Collaborate to Apply Cutting-Edge Technologies to Improve Crops for Smallholder Farmers
The suite of technologies DuPont Pioneer is providing to the project is revolutionary
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 READ MORE
National Science Foundation Funds Multi-Institutional Project to Improve Harvests of One of the Most Important Crops in U.S. Agriculture
Danforth Center Receives $3.4M to Improve Maize Architecture
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 READ MORE
U.S. Department of Energy Awards Danforth Center $16M to Enhance Sorghum for Bioenergy A multi-institutional research effort aims to optimize photosynthesis and water use efficiency
Monday, October 2, 2017 READ MORE
TechAccel Invests in Unique Sprayable RNAi Pesticide Technology First “Path to Commercialization” Grant Awarded to Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Monday, September 11, 2017 READ MORE
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.
Monday, September 11, 2017 READ MORE
The Future of Agriculture is Center Stage at Ag Innovation Showcase
Bees, new food sources and machine learning are leading trends
Thursday, August 31, 2017 READ MORE
(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.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 READ MORE
Analysis Linking Field and Controlled Environments Reveals Key Traits Controlling Height
Discovery could help improve yield in food and bioenergy crops
Monday, July 10, 2017 READ MORE
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Danforth Center Selected to Participate in NSF’s “10 Big Ideas, Understanding the Rules of Life” Research Effort Awards will help researchers determine the relationship between genes and their functions in organisms
ST. LOUIS, MO, August 31, 2018– The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools (EDGE) program has made 11 new awards, totaling approximately $10 million, to develop genomic tools that will allow biologists to identify mechanisms that determine how genes affect an organism’s physical and functional characteristics.
“We are pleased to have the support of the NSF EDGE program to advance our methods, and we have a strong research team involving several investigators at the Danforth Center, specifically Dr. Rebecca Bart and Dr. Kira Veley,” said recipient Blake Meyers, Ph.D., principal investigator and member, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and Professor, Division of Plant Sciences, at the University of Missouri. “The outcome of our work will be a means to rapidly and inexpensively identify the rare plants or other organisms with precisely-designed genetic variants. One of our aims is to build on the exciting technology of gene editing by the development of our screening strategies.” Rebecca Bart, Ph.D., Principal Investigator and Assistant Member at the Danforth Center, and Kira Veley, Ph.D., Research Scientist at the Danforth Center are Co-Principal Investigators on the project.
The EDGE program helps the research community overcome the impediments that restrict progress in the biology of organisms, including their structure, function and other traits. Specifically, EDGE supports the development and dissemination of new functional genomic tools, approaches and associated infrastructure to directly test gene function in organisms.
"The EDGE awards are very exciting because they are transformative," said Joanne Tornow, NSF’s acting assistant director for the Directorate of Biological Sciences. "These researchers are creating innovative tools that will advance efforts to identify links between genes and complex organismal-level characteristics in a wide range of species."
EDGE awards cover a diverse range of organisms, from fungi to plants and animals. Each new project will move the scientific community closer to being able to predict phenotype by developing enhanced genomic tools and infrastructure. This research will contribute to elucidating the sets of rules that predict an organism’s observable characteristics or phenotypes, helping to address one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas, “Understanding the Rules of Life.”
"This research represents a grand challenge in biology and is part of a bigger effort within our field to better predict how organismal traits arise from genetic variation in natural environments," said Ted Morgan, NSF EDGE program director. "Building this fundamental understanding of how genetic changes are connected with organismal traits has a range of significant societal benefits that include predicting organismal responses to changing environments, the development of more effective conservation efforts, the development of new medical approaches, new therapeutics and better crop yields."
This year’s awardees include: Tools for studying gene function in voles Zoe Donaldson, University of Colorado-Boulder
Genetic transformation of chytrid fungi Lillian Fritz-Laylin, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Generating tools to study Spiralian development Jonathan Henry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Establishing functional genomics in Hydra to study stem cells and regeneration Celina Juliano, University of California-Davis
Expanding the functional genetics toolkit to link genes to phenotypes in cichlid fish Scott Juntti, University of Maryland-College Park
Establishment of genome editing and transgenic tools in Anolis lizards Douglas Menke, University of Georgia
High-efficiency identification of products of homologous recombination in plants as a tool to test gene function Blake Meyers, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Developing techniques for linking genotype to phenotype in amphibians Lauren O’Connell, Stanford University
Creation of genetically tractable cephalopod model using the Hawaiian bobtail squid Joshua Rosenthal, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole
Enabling functional genomics in monkey flowers (Mimulus) Andrea Sweigart, University of Georgia
Functional genomics in Polistes wasps, a model system in integrative organismal biology Amy Toth, Iowa State University
AboutThe Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Research, educationandoutreach aim to have impactat the nexus of food security and the environmentand position the St. Louis region as a world center for plant science. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Follow us on Twitter at @DanforthCenter.
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