John Innes Centre
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Earlham Institute
Quadram Institute Bioscience

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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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.

Pumping Iron – Biofortified wheat produces white flour with extra iron

Scientists at the John Innes Centre have developed a variety of wheat that contains high levels of iron. White flour made from the engineered wheat contains twice the typical amount of iron, something that cannot be achieved by normal breeding. 

New study links antibiotic resistance to common household disinfectant triclosan

Scientists have discovered a link between a major mechanism of antibiotic resistance and resistance to the disinfectant triclosan which is commonly found in domestic products.

Queen’s Birthday Honours award for John Innes Centre scientist

Professor Claire Domoney, Head of the Department of Metabolic Biology at the John Innes Centre, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Putting the ant into antibiotics - John Innes Centre Scientists’ role in Britain’s greatest invention

Leafcutter ant research features as antibiotics are proclaimed Britain's greatest invention

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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 […]

New study links antibiotic resistance to common household disinfectant triclosan
Scientists from the University of Birmingham and Norwich Research Park have discovered a link between a major mechanism of antibiotic resistance and resistance to the disinfectant triclosan which is commonly found in domestic products. Researchers made the unexpected finding that bacteria that mutated to become resistant to quinolone antibiotics also became more resistant to triclosan. […]

New approach to unlock the genetic potential of the plant cell wall
Researchers from the Quadram Institute and the University of York have developed a novel approach that will help unlock the genetic secrets of plant cell walls, which form the basis of many biological products. Plant cell walls are made up of sugars, which can be arranged into a myriad of different carbohydrates that determine the […]

Industrial CASE PhD studentships available
APPLICATIONS FOR THE ICASE STUDENTSHIPS ARE NOW CLOSED, EXCEPT FOR: How can the structure and physical chemistry of dietary fibre help make healthier foods We have a number of  Industrial CASE PhD studentships available through the Norwich Research Park Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership. Industrial CASE (iCASE) partnerships, in addition to providing excellent research training and […]

QI at Invest in ME Research Conference
Researchers from the Quadram Institute are attending the Invest in Me Research International Conference on Friday 2nd June. The conference is highlighting biomedical research and future directions into understanding the causes of  Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). It is the 12th conference, organised by the independent charity Invest in ME Research, and will bring together scientists, clinicians, […]

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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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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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