39 North Innovation District Plan Unveiled
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(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 Wednesday, May 2, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center welcomed the Honorable Dr. Ruth Oniang’o as the speaker for the annual SEEDS of CHANGE event. A professor of botany and former member of the Kenyan parliament, Dr. Oniang’o has dedicated her life to fighting hunger and malnutrition and creating opportunities for women and children.
Dr. Oniang’o explained her twin passions of food security and women’s rights: “I wanted to make sure Africa no longer has hunger, so I was an advocate for food security. I found that in my country, the women were the ones caring for the crops so then I became an advocate for the women.”
She cited improved crops as being central to African food security. “The work of Danforth Center scientists in cassava, teff, millet—African food crops— is so important! I want scientists to speak up more. You don’t have to be a politician, but you need to lobby them.”
Following her presentation, Natalie DiNicola, a longtime friend of Dr. Oniang’o who serves as vice chair of the Danforth Leadership Council, moderated a discussion, describing Dr. Oniang’o as a trailblazer, one of only 18 women to serve in the Kenyan parliament in the mid-2000s, and one of only a few women to earn a Ph.D. in a traditional society.
Oniang’o described the challenge, “In my lifetime, women at high school were not allowed to take math—it was thought that they could not do it,” said Dr. Oniang’o. “There is no question in Kenya now what a woman can do!”
More than 250 guests were inspired by Dr. Oniang’o’s stories and dedication to improving African agriculture.
“I was really struck by how she articulated in a simple way, the interconnected nature of poverty, politics, agriculture, and women’s empowerment,” said Chip Lerwick, Aon managing director and chair of the Danforth Leadership Council. “She is a great story teller who wove this powerful messaging throughout the evening.”
“It was inspiring to hear Dr. Oniang’o speak about her life,” said Dr. Rebecca Bart, Danforth Center principal investigator who is looking at ways to improve cassava in sub-Saharan Africa. “She sees challenges as opportunities to be bold and brave. She cares about her legacy but is kind and laughs easily—a role model for all people!”
“She really inspired me to prioritize mentoring others, both younger and older—and to stretch myself beyond the walls of my lab and office,” said Dr. Ruth Kaggwa, Danforth Center coordinator of science education and outreach.
“When Dr. Oniang’o said ‘women are the rock of humanity,’ I visualized a thread of connectivity between women across the world,” said Stephanie Regagnon, vice chair of the Danforth Center’s Young Friends. “It was a powerful message to hear while sitting in a world-class research facility that has the same impact on society – connecting, nurturing, and protecting.”
Dr. Oniang’o founded Rural Outreach Program (ROP) Africa and is the 2017 recipient the Africa Food Prize. She received her MSc and MSc at Washington State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She was a professor of Food & Nutritional Sciences at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology in Nairobi where she founded the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, the premier peer-reviewed journal on agricultural development in Africa. From 2003 to 2007, she served alongside Nobel Peace Prize recipient Wangari Maathai in the Kenyan parliament, working on issues of women’s rights and food security. Dr. Oniang’o is the recipient of Kenya’s Silver Star, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the IFAMA International Award for a lifetime of distinguished service.
View the complete program here.
SEEDS of CHANGE is a free networking and education event for the public. Each year, a visiting high-level thought leader energizes the audience with inspirational stories, uniting people to work in collaboration toward common goals. The event is hosted by the Danforth Leadership Council.
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