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World Class Future Science Norfolk is home to a cluster of internationally-renowned research organisations. They are working together to tackle the major challenges facing all of us in the 21st Century – the sustainability of our environment; our food supplies and healthy ageing. There are over 2500 scientists working to find realistic and practical solutions; who then have the infrastructure and support to translate these discoveries into commercially successful business. 

Norwich is ranked 4th in the UK for the number of “most highly cited scientists”Norwich is ranked 4th in the UK for the number of “most highly cited scientists” after London, Cambridge and Oxford and ahead of cities such as Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Nottingham and York – evidence of our outstanding international reputation

Co-located adjacent to the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals on the Norwich Research Park in Eastern England

  • Four international centres of excellence in plant science, microbiology, harnessing food for health and controlling food-related disease
  • A world-class national facility for the study and application of genomics in animals, plants and microbes

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We're supporting Stonewall's new campaign; 'Come Out for LGBT'

The John Innes Centre is proudly supporting Stonewall’s new campaign to ‘Come Out For LGBT’.

Life in the fast lane: how plants avoid traffic jams

Traffic jams are the curse of the commute, the scourge of the school run and the bane of Bank Holidays.

But gridlocked motorists and students of traffic flow may soon be relieved and enlightened thanks to new research into plants.

Anglers’ delight as algal blooms breakthrough highlights innovative science

Millions of fish-deaths caused by toxic Prymnesium algal blooms could be prevented with the application of a household chemical best known for bleaching hair, breakthrough research has revealed.

Hormonal tug-of-war helps plant roots navigate their journey through the soil, new international study finds

Scientists from the John Innes Centre and Sapienza University, Rome, have identified a sophisticated mechanism that allows plant roots to quickly respond to changes in soil conditions 

Green revolution genes promise additional yield

Untangling the genetics that control and regulate the yield of a crop is a complicated, but potentially rewarding puzzle. 

Plant-produced polio vaccines could help eradicate age old disease

Plants have been used to produce a new vaccine against poliovirus in what is hoped to be a major step towards global eradication of the disease.

Plants use calcium to convey internal warning of attacking aphids

Scientists at the John Innes Centre have discovered how plants send internal warning signals in response to attack by aphids.

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Half a million hours worked on Quadram Institute provides local economic boost
With less than a year to its opening, construction of the Quadram Institute on the Norwich Research Park passed another milestone recently, as construction workers clocked up over 500,000 hours working on the site. The state-of-the-art building will host fundamental and translational research into food, human health, gut biology and disease, and feature a clinical […]

Quadram Institute construction enters final phase
Construction of the Quadram Institute building has now entered the final phase. The west elevation has been completed in brick, and external landscaping progressing. Construction has now entered the final phase of fit out, which has seen the removal of the internal scaffolding. This has opened up the first internal views of the light and […]

New Trustees appointed to Quadram Institute Bioscience board
Quadram Institute Bioscience is delighted to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Trustees. Dr Celia Caulcott, Dr Bénédicte Flambard, and Professor Peter J. Morgan collectively bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the QIB leadership. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I’m delighted to welcome Celia, Bénédicte and […]

The Science & Software behind the label
Nutritics a global food service software provider, announces a new partnership with Norfolk-based Nutritional Information Solutions (NIS) to further enhance standards in recipe management and food labelling across the UK. As a division of QIB Extra (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Quadram Institute Bioscience), NIS is providing food business with services calculating the nutritional […]

Multi-disciplined science approach improves diet and health
The Food Databanks National Capability, which is hosted by the Quadram Institute, has contributed an article to a special Issue of Nutrition Bulletin, published today by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. ‘Nutrition science past and future: Celebrating a multi-disciplined approach’ describes how the work of researchers in inter-connected nutrition science […]

New study highlights how processing affects fat absorption from plant-based foods
Preserving the natural structure of plant-based food during processing can limit the amount of fat and energy absorbed by the body, a new study in the Journal of Functional Foods reports. During this innovative multi-centred study researchers from the Quadram Institute, King’s College London, the University of Surrey and the University of Messina showed that […]

Royal Town Planning Institute visit to Norwich
Stephen Wilkinson, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), championed the value of collaboration, during his visit to the site of the Quadram Institute (QI), a new world-leading research facility for biosciences located on Norwich Research Park, an international centre of excellence in life and environmental sciences Stephen saw how construction of the new […]

New species of yeast discovered with a head for heights
Researchers from the University of Manchester and the National Collection of Yeast Cultures have discovered a new species of Saccharomyces yeast. Closely related to the familiar brewers’ and bakers’ yeast, this new species was found at altitude, growing 1000+ metres above sea level on an oak tree in Saint Auban, in the foothills of the […]

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Changing of the guard – research sheds light on how plants breathe

New research is set to change the textbook understanding of how plants breathe. In research published in Plant Journal, a team led by Professor Richard Morris from the John Innes Centre, Norwich, Professor Silke Robatzek of The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, and collaborators from the University of Madrid, developed the first ever full 3D model of a... Read more »

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Breakthrough research sees first genome sequencing of celebrated African crop

Breakthrough research sees first genome sequencing of celebrated African crop An international research partnership has sequenced the genome of the white Guinea yam for the first time. Known to millions of people as the “King of the Crops,” the yam is a staple crop with huge economic and cultural significance in Africa. Teams across the... Read more »

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On the trail of the banana killer

Dr Sarah Schmidt on efforts to resist Fusarium wilt disease, which threatens worldwide banana production; “Every morning I slice a banana in my breakfast cereal. Sometimes, I have a second one later in the day, as a snack or after a work-out. And I am not alone. Every person in the UK eats, on average,... Read more »

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TSL receives DEFRA approval for potato field trials

DEFRA have approved The Sainsbury Laboratory’s application to conduct field trials of GM potato crops on a designated trial site at the Norwich Research Park between 2017 and 2021. The field trials are part of TSL’s Potato Partnership Project to develop a Maris Piper potato that is blight and nematode resistant, bruises less and produces... Read more »

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TSL and JIC applaud a European success story

At the turn of the century, the idea of a European research programme that would focus entirely on scientific excellence, ignoring political or geographical considerations, seemed to many to be a fantastic pipe dream of the academic community. However, in 2007, that dream became reality with the launch of a European Research Council (ERC). The... Read more »

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TSL Summer School in Plant Microbe Interactions

This summer, The Sainsbury Laboratory will host its third Summer School in Plant Microbe Interactions. Running over two weeks from the 31st July to the 11th August 2017 we will cover key topics and techniques in the field. The TSL Summer School will feature extensive practical training in cutting edge techniques and stimulating discussions on... Read more »

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TSL submits application to DEFRA for approval to carry out a field trial on GM Potatoes

The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) has applied to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for permission to carry out a field trial on genetically modified potatoes on the Norwich Research Park between 2017 and 2020. The trial will test the effectiveness of late blight resistance genes in Maris Piper potatoes. These genes... Read more »

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International collaboration to source new resistance genes to combat corn diseases

Monsanto Company and 2Blades Foundation (2Blades) have formed a collaboration to discover novel sources of genetic resistance to devastating corn diseases. 2Blades will deliver these resistance genes in collaboration with The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, the leading global institute for research on plant-pathogen interactions and long-term partner of 2Blades. “Mid and late season corn disease complexes... Read more »

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