Donald Danforth Plant Science Center http://news.stlpublicradio.org en How Did The Danforth Plant Science Center Attract European Seed Company KWS To St. Louis? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/how-did-danforth-plant-science-center-attract-european-seed-company-kws-st-louis <p>Out of all possible locations in the United States, German seed company KWS chose St. Louis as the site of its North American headquarters. What made St. Louis stand out from the rest?</p><p>According to Donald Danforth Plant Science Center President James Carrington and COO Sam Fiorello, KWS was attracted to the St. Louis region because of its community spirit and because of the world-class research facilities available at the Bio-Research &amp; Development Growth Park (BRDG Park) on the Danforth Center campus.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:24:42 +0000 Camille Phillips 37345 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org How Did The Danforth Plant Science Center Attract European Seed Company KWS To St. Louis? BioSTL Launches Effort To Bring More Minorities And Women Into Biosciences http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/biostl-launches-effort-bring-more-minorities-and-women-biosciences <p class="p1">BioSTL is launching a variety of programs to bring more women and minorities into the field of biosciences.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:27:56 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37329 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org BioSTL Launches Effort To Bring More Minorities And Women Into Biosciences Commentary: The Power Of WE http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-power-we <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Years ago when I lived and worked in Washington, D.C., the city was crippled by an intense January snowstorm. My office was a short walk from my apartment so I was able to salvage at least an abridged day of work. While walking home, with snow still falling heavily, I came upon a homeless man named Charlie whom I had seen almost daily in the same spot. When I stopped to ask Charlie if he was OK, he stood transfixed, looking at a few flakes of newly fallen snow on his gloved hand. Charlie smiled at me and said, "Isn't it amazing? Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:48:30 +0000 Sam J. Fiorello 36860 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: The Power Of WE European Big Ag Company Chooses St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/european-big-ag-company-chooses-st-louis <p>KWS, a German agricultural company, is opening a research center at BRDG Park in the Donald&nbsp;Danforth Plant Science Center’s campus.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The company, which specializes in plant breeding, has 4,800 employees in 70 countries. The new facility will be its first molecular plant research space in North America, hiring 25 positions in the first year and another 75 in following years.</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Maria Altman 37155 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org European Big Ag Company Chooses St. Louis Nixon Promises Speedy Review Of School Transfer Bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-promises-speedy-review-school-transfer-bill <p>Gov. Jay Nixon once again signaled that he might strike down school transfer legislation that passed out of the General Assembly last week.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 22:46:21 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36271 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Promises Speedy Review Of School Transfer Bill 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