39 North Innovation District Plan Unveiled
The Science in Our Food
(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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Congratulations to Sam Wang, Ph.D., E. Desmond Lee Professor of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Member, Danforth Plant Science Center, on being awarded the 2018 George Engelmann Interdisciplinary Award from the St. Louis Academy of Science. Sam joined both the Danforth Center and the department of Biology at UMSL as an adjunct professor in 2004. Wang and his collaborators have made important discoveries in cell signaling and have identified genes, pathways and mechanisms that increase oil production in plants. Sam’s research aims to discover and understand the signaling and regulatory processes that mediate plant stress response and oil production. He is interested in translating knowledge gained from this work to improve plant oil and biomass production.
The George Engelmann Interdisciplinary Award recognizes outstanding achievement in science, engineering, or technology that results from collaboration among two or more (up to three) individuals across disciplinary or institutional boundaries. Sam has made seminal contributions to the field of plant lipid metabolism and signaling. His cloning of phospholipase D (PLD) was a major breakthrough, leading to the identification of PLDs in yeast and animals and providing the catalyst for rapid advances in PLD research. His systematic analyses of PLD and other phospholipase families have advanced biochemical and functional understanding of membrane lipid hydrolysis. This work led to the discovery of phosphatidic acid (PA) as an important class of lipid mediators in plants and the elucidation of PA action. Sam’s vision and role in developing lipidomic analysis has broadly benefited the research community, leading to characterization of lipolytic enzymes, identification of bioactive lipids, and understanding lipid-protein interactions. Furthermore, Sam has made significant progress in translating his lab discoveries to improve crops for oil production, drought tolerance, and N/P use efficiency.
Since its inception, the Academy has promoted the recognition of the impressive scientists of St. Louis. Sam will be honored on April 5 at the 2018 Academy of Science – St. Louis 24th Annual Outstanding Scientists Awards Dinner along with other candidates who also have a record of excellence in communicating with the public, mentoring colleagues, or leadership in the field of science or industry.
Past George Engelmann Interdisciplinary Award Recipients: Edward Spitznagel, Ph.D. (2017); Yuanlong Pan, BVM, Ph.D. (2016); Gary D. Stormo, Ph.D. (2016); Gregory R. Heck, Ph.D. and Technical Community of Monsanto Leadership Team (2015) Timothy J. Ley, M.D. (2012) Elaine R. Mardis, Ph.D. (2012) Richard Wilson, Ph.D. (2012)
Wang holds several U.S. patents, published more than 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals and edited two books. His research is supported by multiple federal agencies including the National Science Foundation and U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Transportation. In 2014, Sam received the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity from UMSL for his groundbreaking research in plant biology.
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