John Innes Centre
Sainsbury Laboratory
Earlham Institue
Institute of Food Research

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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John Innes Centre scientists remove reliance on seasonality in new line of broccoli – potentially doubling crop production

Scientists at the John Innes Centre (JIC) are developing a new line of fast-growing sprouting broccoli that goes from seed to harvest in 8-10 weeks

Seeing the bigger picture: imaging technique widens our view on the inner worlds of plants and their guests

Scientists at the John Innes Centre exploring how interactions between genes affect plant patterning have developed an imaging technique to visualise live gene activity at the macroscopic scale. 

New antibiotic from bacteria found on an ant could beat MRSA

A new antibiotic, produced by bacteria found on a species of African ant, is very potent against antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ like MRSA according to scientists.

How to be a successful pest: lessons from the green peach aphid

UK Scientists, in collaboration with groups in Europe and the US, have discovered why the green peach aphid (Myzus persicae) is one of the most destructive pests to many of our most important crops. Their research will inform industry and research programmes to support pest control and aid global food security.

JIC welcomes third AWARD fellow, Veronica Guwela

The John Innes Centre is pleased to welcome Veronica Guwela from the University of Malawi, for a three-month placement as part of her AWARD (African Women in Agricultural Research and Development) fellowship.

New research on why plant tissues have a sense of direction

Scientists at the John Innes Centre, Norwich have published new evidence that plant tissues can have a preferred direction of growth and that this characteristic is essential for producing complex plant shapes.

Scientists uncover hidden wheat treasures

A team of scientists in the UK and USA have generated a new ground-breaking resource of ten million mutations in bread and pasta wheat varieties.

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Landmark alliance launched to support the growth of the UK bioeconomy
The Norwich Research Park Biorefinery Centre has joined a new alliance of similar established R&D centres, called BioPilotsUK. This alliance will seek to position Britain as a global leader in biorefining technology development and bio-based product manufacture – two key elements of the bioeconomy. “BioPilotsUK will enable Britain to realise the potential to tap both […]

Norfolk hospital and science partnership cure patients of debilitating gut infection
Prof. Arjan Narbad, Dr Dr Ngozi Elumogo (NNUH) and Dr Lee Kellingray (IFR)A treatment programme for Clostridium difficile (C.diff) is being announced during International Infection Prevention Awareness Week 17-21 October. In the last year, the lives of 20 patients diagnosed with C. diff, a bacterium that infects the gut, have been transformed by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital by the use of Faecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT).  […]

Quadram Institute’s £400,000 boost from Big C
Norwich Research Park’s (NRP) planned Quadram Institute (QI) partners received a huge boost to help mark the launch of a £3 million fundraising campaign with an opening £400,000 donation from Big C. “This significant donation is a tremendous contribution and kick starts the appeal we are launching to help meet QI’s £75 million building costs,” […]

New technique to beat the food fraudsters
Shoppers can be more confident that their burgers are the real deal following a new method of testing for meat fraud developed at the Institute of Food Research on the Norwich Research Park. Exploiting subtle differences in a key meat protein, the addition of just 1% of horse into a beef burger or of beef […]

IFR hosts international conference on food bioactives and health
The Institute of Food Research hosted a major international conference dedicated to the study of bioactives and health in September 2016. Bioactives are compounds found naturally in foods that have some active effect on our bodies, and they have attracted a lot of interest from the scientific community for their ability to improve or protect […]

Reaction to new vitamin D recommendations
The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) today published new recommendations that everyone should consume 10micrograms of vitamin D daily, the equivalent of about 400 International Units (IU). The main way we get vitamin D is through our bodies synthesising it on exposure to sunlight, but it can also be taken in through diet – […]

SIRTainly all the craze right now; should sirtuin bioactives be part of our diet?
Scientists led by Dr Naiara Beraza at the Institute of Food Research on the Norwich Research Park are investigating the mechanisms underpinning the supposed beneficial effects of the ‘Sirtfood Diet’. Sirtfoods burst onto the health and nutrition scene earlier this year, making a splash in the media, with several high profile athletes including Olympic gold-medallist […]

Little gut reaction to enterohaemorrhagic E. coli
A recently published study has found some evidence that enterohaemorrhagic E.coli(EHEC) may be able to evade or suppress our immune system. EHEC (aka E. coli O157) causes around 1200 cases of food poisoning in the UK every year. Symptoms are serious, ranging from diarrhoea to acute kidney failure and neurological damage. Outbreaks can be hard […]

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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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Professor Sophien Kamoun awarded the 2016 Kuwait Prize for Applied Science in Food and Agriculture

Professor Sophien Kamoun, Group Leader at The Sainsbury Laboratory has been awarded the 2016 Kuwait Prize for Applied Science in Food and Agriculture by The Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences (KFAS).

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TSL Scientists identify novel regulatory mechanism that controls how plants defend themselves against pathogens

Together with collaborators in Austria, scientists at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) in Norwich (UK) are unravelling the complex mechanisms underlying plants’ innate abilities to resist pests and pathogens. In a new paper published in Science, the team reveals how a class of endogenous plant peptides and their corresponding receptor regulate plant immune responses. Plants possess... Read more »

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Forming a second line of plant defence – capturing disease-resistant DNA

Scientists have developed a new improved method for capturing longer DNA fragments, doubling the size that can be analysed for novel genes which provide plants with immunity to disease. RenSeq (1) is a method to sequence Resistance (R) genes that confer disease resistance in plants. Each plant typically carries hundreds of potential R gene sequences,... Read more »

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Plants take it all in to deal with bacteria

Plants have specialised immune receptor proteins on the surface of their cells, which detect specific molecular patterns, or ligands, on harmful bacteria. New research by scientists at The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich now reveals that these immune receptors, along with the ligand that activates them, must be taken up inside the plant cell in order... Read more »

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TSL scientist Dr Ksenia Krasileva awarded prestigious European Research Council starting grant

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Dr Ksenia Krasileva, group leader at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) and the Earlham Institute (EI), a €1.5M starting grant (over five years) to investigate the immune system of our most important crops. Her research into plants’ immune system could create new genetic solutions for protecting plant health and future sustainable crop production.... Read more »

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