Donald Danforth Plant Science Center http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Commentary: Community College Innovation Builds Skilled Biotech Workforce http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-community-college-innovation-builds-skilled-biotech-workforce <p>The seeds for the St. Louis biotech boom began as early as 1998 when St. Louis leaders recognized a perfect confluence of key ingredients for growth in plant and life sciences: the geographic location in the nation’s cropland; an abundance of scientific research institutions, including Washington University, St. Louis University and the Columbia and St. Louis campuses of the University of Missouri; and many successful scientific companies such as Monsanto, Sigma-Aldrich, Novus and Covidien.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 03:11:54 +0000 Eilene Lyons 34044 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Community College Innovation Builds Skilled Biotech Workforce Commentary: Drive To Understand Can Help Hold Off Potential Environmental Disaster http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-drive-understand-can-help-hold-potential-environmental-disaster <p><em>Condensed from the State of the Center report to the community.</em></p><p>When we started, I dreamed, perhaps romantically, that our center would be part of a major human adventure of the 21<sup>st</sup> century. We would try to make the most of the wonderful human desire to know how the world really works, in our case how plants really work. This drive to understand, shaped through its evermore powerful modern offspring, science, can help hold off potential environmental disaster. In doing so, we hoped also to bring benefits and perhaps even a little credit to our home community.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 05:15:45 +0000 William H. Danforth M.D. 33721 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Drive To Understand Can Help Hold Off Potential Environmental Disaster Danforth Plant Science Center Growing With New Researchers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/danforth-plant-science-center-growing-new-researchers <p>The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced Friday it has hired four new lead researchers.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each of the new hires will have a team of at least another 10 scientists working for them, which means the research center&nbsp;could soon add an additional 40 new positions.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Danforth president Jim Carrington says the new scientists will focus on new technologies such as robotics, as well as bolstering the center’s existing research. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:34:27 +0000 Maria Altman 32935 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Danforth Plant Science Center Growing With New Researchers Danforth Plant Science Center To Grow http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/danforth-plant-science-center-grow <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://www.danforthcenter.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Danforth Plant Science Center </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is adding another 79,000 square feet and eventually another 100 jobs.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The St. Louis research institute announced the $45 million dollar project Monday.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The center’s president, Dr. James Carrington, says the new space will be more flexible.</span></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 23:15:38 +0000 Maria Altman 28651 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Danforth Plant Science Center To Grow Water Availability and Global Agriculture http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/water-availability-and-global-agriculture <p>Last summer’s drought in the United States, and particularly here in the Midwest, would lead one to ask if there is enough water to meet the world’s needs.&nbsp; According to Dr. Roberto Lenton, Professor of Biological Systems Engineering and Executive Director of the <a href="http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/">Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute</a> at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, the answer is “yes.”</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 01:34:38 +0000 Mary Edwards, Alex Heuer & Don Marsh 10315 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Water Availability and Global Agriculture Local researcher awarded $1.3 million to study corn genetics http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/local-researcher-awarded-13-million-study-corn-genetics <p>The <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/index.jsp">National Science Foundation</a> has awarded a local researcher $1.3 million to study the genetics of how corn plants take up nutrients.</p><p>The ultimate goal is to reduce the amount of fertilizer needed to grow the ubiquitous crop.</p><p><a href="http://www.danforthcenter.org/science/laboratories/Ivan_Baxter/">Ivan Baxter</a>, a U.S. Department of Agriculture research scientist and assistant member at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, will lead the research.</p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:54:19 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 2939 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Local researcher awarded $1.3 million to study corn genetics Morning headlines: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-wednesday-november-30-2011 <p><strong>Quinn and lawmakers reach deal on state facilities</strong></p><p>A budget deal reached among Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and lawmakers will save seven state facilities and the jobs at those locations, at least for now.&nbsp; The plan won General Assembly approval Tuesday.&nbsp;&nbsp;Quinn had targeted a handful of developmental centers, prisons and psychiatric hospitals for shutdown after the legislature failed to provide enough money to keep them operating.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:23:04 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 2572 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Nixon: new economic incentives will bring more hi-tech jobs to Mo. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-new-economic-incentives-will-bring-more-hi-tech-jobs-mo <p>Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was in St. Louis again Tuesday touting the state&#39;s growing biotech sector and says a new package of economic incentives will continue to bring more hi-tech jobs to the state.<br /><br />Nixon was in St. Louis County to welcome SyMyCo, the latest tenant of <a href="http://brdg-park.com/">BRDG Park</a>, the research and development wing of the Danforth Plant Science Center.</p> Tue, 09 Aug 2011 22:49:00 +0000 Adam Allington 1835 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon: new economic incentives will bring more hi-tech jobs to Mo. International ag conference showcases emerging companies to potential investors http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/international-ag-conference-showcases-emerging-companies-potential-investors <p>An event starting Monday at the <a href="http://www.danforthcenter.org/">Danforth Plant Science Center</a> is looking to match up investors with emerging agricultural technology companies from across the globe.</p><p>The third annual <a href="http://www.agshowcase.com/">Ag Innovation Showcase</a> will draw international venture capitalists and corporate agricultural investors like Monsanto, Syngenta and Dupont.</p><p>Showcase organizer Mark Gorski says sixteen agricultural start-ups from the Netherlands, India, and a number of other countries will be vying for their attention.</p> Mon, 23 May 2011 21:05:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 1273 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org International ag conference showcases emerging companies to potential investors Algaepalooza 2011 calls on citizen scientists http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/algaepalooza-2011-calls-citizen-scientists <p>Algae, that very same stuff that turns aquarium walls and backyard fences green, are also a potent source of energy, and hold significant potential as a clean, renewable fuel source.&nbsp; Algae were first investigated as a source of energy back in the 1970&rsquo;s when high gas prices prompted an interest in alternative energies and the US Department of Energy created the <a href="http://www.nrel.gov/docs/legosti/fy98/24190.pdf">Aquatic Species Program.&nbsp;</a> That program was discontinued in 1996, but as oil costs have continued to rise and energy independence has reemerged as a national priority, researchers around the world, <a href="http://www.danforthcenter.org/cabs/">and many right here in St. Loui</a>s, are again focused on the potential of algal biofuels.</p><p> Thu, 05 May 2011 20:30:40 +0000 Libby Franklin 1183 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Algaepalooza 2011 calls on citizen scientists