Two multiyear projects were recently announced that aim to discover new information about sorghum and its potential to contribute to a more sustainable future. Principal Investigator Nadia Shakoor, PhD, is working with the National Sorghum Producers on a project funded by the USDA Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities to study how sorghum can mitigate the impacts of climate change. Principal Investigator Andrea Eveland, PhD seeks to better understand the crop’s innate drought tolerance. in a project supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Researchers at the Danforth Center and Saint Louis University are teaming up on a new project supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation to better share agricultural data among the scientific community. The scientists, co-led by Principal Investigator Nadia Shakoor, Ph.D., hope to create a cyber-physical system that will shorten the timeline from the lab to the land and ultimately help researchers around the world increase food security, combat climate change, and improve human health. Read more.

Principal Investigators Nigel Taylor, PhD, Becky Bart, PhD, and Research Associate Kerri Gilbert were interviewed about their groundbreaking work to help develop improved varieties of cassava in a new video by HEC Media. In the video, the researchers shed light on the importance of this staple crop and reveal how their work to improve it could help ensure food security for millions of people. Click here to watch.

The Danforth Center opened new doors and forged new connections at BioBash 2022. Hosted by the Danforth Center’s Committee for Scientific Training and Mentoring (CSTM), the annual job fair and networking event provided local scientists and industry leaders with opportunities to meet, mingle, connect, and discover. Read more about this year’s BioBash.

Join us for the third-annual AgTech NEXT™ at the Danforth Center. Don’t miss your chance to learn about the future of our global food system from some of the most dynamic thought leaders in the agtech industry. Tickets are required to attend in-person, but this event is free for virtual attendees. Learn more and register now at

Curious minds of all ages - join us for Raspberry Pi Jam! This free, annual, interactive event features hands-on science and engineering activities that are fun for the whole family. Tours of the Danforth Plant Science Center will also be provided. Learn more and register today.

While tax laws have changed, there are still many ways you can support the mission of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and receive benefits yourself. If you are 70½ or older, you can make a gift of up to $100,000 to the Danforth Center from your IRA tax-free. Learn more about qualified charitable deductions at

To all who participated in this year’s Grow Challenge™ – thank you for your incredible support! Together we surpassed our initial $75,000 goal and ended by raising nearly $115,000 for STEM education in St. Louis – making this year’s Week of Giving our most successful ever! Read more about the supporters who made this achievement possible, and the impact it will have on our region and our world.
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