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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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Previously grainy wheat genome comes into focus

The complete sequence of the huge wheat genome has been published. The enormous dataset will accelerate innovation in breeding resilient and disease resistant crops to feed a growing global population.

Researcher lands major European grant for ambitious project

Leading John Innes Centre researcher Dr Xiaoqi Feng has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant.

Memory bank for forgotten antibiotics launched

A drug discovery tool, the first of its kind, has been launched in a fresh bid to revitalise the urgent search for new antibiotics.

Ministerial tribute for CEPAMS on Field trip to China

Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister Mark Field MP acknowledges CEPAMS as a wonderful example of a global partnership between the John Innes Centre and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Fighting back: new study reveals unprecedented details of plant-pathogen co-evolution

The co-evolution of plant - pathogen interactions has been revealed in unprecedented detail in a study of one of the world’s deadliest crop killers. 

John Innes Centre pulse crop research in £1.3m funding boost

New funding to develop scientific breakthroughs in crop research and innovation

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Plants have an immune system…and it’s complicated

Fresh insights into the sophisticated immune system of plants amounts to a new field of discovery that could deliver the next generation of disease-resistant crops.  The prospect is outlined by researchers at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) in an article that challenges an enduring and highly-influential model established in the mid-20th century.  American plant pathologist Harold Henry Flor proposed the “gene-for-gene” hypothesis that explains how particular... Read more »

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Linnean medal awarded to Professor Sophien Kamoun

The ground-breaking work of Professor Sophien Kamoun at The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, has been recognised with the award of The Linnean Medal. Professor Kamoun was presented with the prestigious medal at a ceremony of the Linnean Society of London. Established in 1888, the award is made annually to alternately a botanist or a zoologist or... Read more »

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Monsanto and 2Blades Foundation collaborate to combat devastating Soybean disease

Monsanto Company and charitable organization 2Blades Foundation (2Blades) have formed a new collaboration to discover novel sources of genetic resistance to Asian soybean rust (ASR). 2Blades will deliver resistance genes in further collaboration with The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL, Norwich, UK), the leading global institute for research on plant-pathogen interactions, and the Universidade Federal de Viçosa... Read more »

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Head of The Sainsbury Laboratory elected into EMBO

Professor Cyril Zipfel, the Head of The Sainsbury Laboratory, is today named as one of 62 scientists newly elected into the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). Professor Zipfel and fellow 2018 electees join a group that comprises 1800 of the best researchers in Europe and around the world. “I am deeply honoured to be joining... Read more »

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Royal Society honour for distinguished scientist at The Sainsbury Laboratory

Professor Sophien Kamoun, a group leader at The Sainsbury Laboratory, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. In a distinguished career, Professor Kamoun, who is also Professor of Biology at the University of East Anglia, has made a major contribution to the understanding of plant diseases and plant immunity. The Fellowship of... Read more »

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International Recognition for The Sainsbury Laboratory Head

A leading researcher at The Sainsbury Laboratory has been honoured with a prestigious international award in recognition of his innovative work on plant immunity. Professor Cyril Zipfel, a senior group leader and the current Head of The Sainsbury Laboratory at the Norwich Research Park, has been announced as the fourth recipient of the Tsuneko &... Read more »

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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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