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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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Wheat research discovery yields genetic secrets that could shape future crops

A new study has isolated a gene controlling shape and size of spikelets in wheat in a breakthrough which could help breeders deliver yield increases in one of the world’s most important crops.

John Innes Centre Director receives prestigious 10-year China Talent Visa

In a ceremony at the Chinese Embassy in London, His Excellency Ambassador Liu Xiaoming presented John Innes Centre Director, Professor Dale Sanders FRS, with a 10-year China Talent R-Visa.

Sound new technique tunes into the shifting shapes of biology

It’s one of the major challenges of biology: how to accurately quantify the mass of swarming, shifting shapes that make up the matter of life.

Such shapes carry vital clues about stages of development, differences in growth conditions and indicate molecular changes that might signify disease….if only they can be captured and quantified.

New solution to harmful algal blooms raises hope of economic and environmental benefits

A cheap, safe and effective method of dealing with harmful algal blooms is on the verge of being introduced following successful field and lab tests.  

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Parliament visit for TSL crop disease researcher

The Sainsbury Laboratory crop disease researcher Helen Brabham is to visit the Houses of Parliament to explain her science to politicians and decision-makers.   Helen, a third year PhD student, will present her research on disease resistance to politicians and leading academics as part of the Parliamentary poster competition, STEM for Britain.  Helen was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to demonstrate her science communication skills and knowledge by presenting a poster to a panel of expert judges.... Read more »

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Plants share defensive proteins in evolutionary pick ‘n’ mix

New research has shed light on how plants use ‘baits’ to recognise and trap disease-causing pathogens before infection can take hold. Published in Genome Biology,  research led by the Krasileva Group of Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory, used phylogenetics (the study of how DNA sequences are related) to identify how these ‘bait’ genes are distributed throughout various... Read more »

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From green bench to lab bench – MP visits TSL

Norman Lamb MP, chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee, swapped the green benches of the House of Commons for the lab benches of The Sainsbury Laboratory on a visit to Norwich Research Park. The MP for North Norfolk was visiting TSL as the guest of post doctoral researcher Dr Marina Pais. The visit... Read more »

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Breakthrough study makes sense of how plants unscramble external signals

An international study has uncovered new evidence on how plants coordinate a network of receptors to detect and interpret signals from their environment. The team which includes scientists from the lab of Professor Cyril Zipfel,  The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, has made significant progress in the understanding of a family of proteins called receptor kinases. In... Read more »

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New milestone welcomed in worldwide struggle against wheat rusts

Two new scientific studies published today bring new promise in the quest for resistance against the ancient pathogen, wheat rust. The papers which appear in the peer reviewed journal Science reveal new insights into the genetic make-up of the pathogen and call for complex, integrated solutions to a challenge that has been around almost since... Read more »

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From lab bench to back bench – TSL scientist visits the seat of power

The Sainsbury Laboratory researcher Dr Marina Pais is spending a week in Westminster in a scheme to bring together the worlds of policymakers and scientists. Dr Pais is one of 30 research scientists paired with UK parliamentarians and civil servants in the scheme organised by the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science. Dr... Read more »

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Prestigious European grant success for leading researcher from The Sainsbury Laboratory

  Professor Cyril Zipfel from The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) has been awarded a grant from a prestigious programme reserved for some of the top researchers in Europe. Professor Zipfel, who is head of TSL, based at Norwich Research Park, leads one of just three plant-science projects to receive the funding out of a total of 329... Read more »

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Barley is flavour of the month as new study settles centuries-old brewing debate

What makes a perfectly flavoured pint? It’s been the obsession of brewers big and small for centuries. For some it’s the hops, others say it’s the water, or yeast. But the science of beer has just added a flavour to the mash….barley. The discovery follows a five year study involving researchers at The Sainsbury Laboratory,... Read more »

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