39 North Innovation District Plan Unveiled
The Science in Our Food
(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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On the third Tuesday of the month, Venture Café Night: 39°N gatherings at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center facilitate serendipitous collisions that drive creativity, foster collaboration and stimulate investment in innovation.
Calling all Volunteers!
Venture Cafe Nights don’t just happen on their own. In addition to Venture Cafe staff, a team of six to eight volunteers help produce the magic of these gatherings. If you like telling the story through the creation of digital content, or greeting people as they arrive, or serving up a drink to thirsty innovators, learn more about volunteer opportunities here.
Check out the lineup of programs for Tuesday, July 17 featuring the following:
5 Ways to Promote Your Self/Idea/Business – Without Being Salesy! | Centered Selling 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Mary and Oliver Langenberg Theater
Learn to promote yourself with heart and authenticity. Remove fear and guilt from the process by centering yourself in your passion, and the value you bring to others. Fear of being “salesy” is one of the biggest reasons people fail to promote the value they bring to the world!
Maximizing your Venture Cafe Night: 39°N Experience | VenCaf Volunteers
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Schnucks Conference Room
Overwhelmed, unsure about who to talk to and where to start to get the most from Venture Café? This session is aimed at people attending for the first, second or third time to:
(1) hear about the resources, opportunities and programming offered;
(2) identify goals and expectations about what to gain by attending; and
(3) find ways to connect to the right person or, at least, get started on the right path.
The Next Steps After Invention | Illinois Innovators and Inventors (i3)
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Mary and Oliver Langenberg Theater
You’ve invented something that is going to make you famous and rich, but how do you get from the prototype in your garage to an actual business? This presentation will give you a quick overview of the things that you should do and consider right away after making an invention to make sure that you don’t create unexpected legal problems down the road.
Space Solar Power Pilot: Pushing the Box(es) and Thinking Outside the Envelope(s) | St. Louis Space Frontier
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Mary and Oliver Langenberg Theater
Space Solar Power (SSP) uses space-based orbital solar arrays to harness the Sun’s energy and beam the electricity to Earth. Potential advantages of collecting solar energy in space include a higher collection rate and a longer collection period. Space solar power systems convert sunlight to microwaves outside the atmosphere avoiding losses due to Earth’s atmosphere and the downtime due to the Earth’s rotation. Moreover, the energy provided could facilitate water purification and irrigation, prevent frosts, extend growing seasons (if a little of the energy were used locally), etc. A disadvantage is the cost of launching material into orbit. SSP is a form of sustainable and renewable “green” energy and could eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. In this talk, Joe Rauscher will introduce the essentials of SSP and discuss next steps for cooperation and collaboration within AND outside the SSP community. He will discuss ideas for obtaining funding to launch a SSP demonstration or pilot project consortium in the ‘near future’. The presenter, Joe Rauscher, is President and CEO (2014 – present) of Spacefaring-Services.com, http://www.spacefaring-services.com/. He has 44 years’ (1968 – 2012) experience in USA federal and local government environmental protection, green remediation, and renewable energy program operations; and grants, contracts, memorandum of understanding (MOU), and interagency agreement administration.
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