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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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Call for clarity after EU ruling on gene-edited crops

We have joined a call for the Government to address the implications of a European Union judicial ruling that classes gene-edited crops as Genetically Modified Organisms.

Early Career Researchers are the future of a European Research Area

The John Innes Centre has formed an alliance with two other leading plant science institutes to promote the vision of a pan-continental European Research Area.

Nitrogen fixation engineering in cereal crops moves a step closer

A new way of engineering nitrogen fixation has been discovered by a UK-China research team, bringing us one step closer to realising the goal of engineering a range of crops to fix their own nitrogen

John Innes Centre wins funding for grass pea project in Sub-Saharan Africa

A ground-breaking John Innes Centre project to cultivate grass pea in drought-prone areas has been awarded £1.2m funding.

Leaves possess a molecular compass

Leaves provide us with food, forest canopies and football fields. Every leaf grows from only a few cells. But what guides these cells to become the leaf shapes we recognise in the natural world?

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.

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Call for clarity after EU ruling on gene-edited crops

The Sainsbury Laboratory is today joining a call for the Government to address the implications of a European Union judicial ruling that classes gene-edited crops as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). An open letter, signed by leading research institutions, universities, plant breeders, crop agronomy companies and biotech multinationals, was delivered to Defra Secretary of State Michael... Read more »

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New research sheds light on plant signalling

Plants rely on cell-surface receptors for their survival. These receptors – which are often receptor kinases – are components of dynamic protein complexes that perceive and respond to molecular signals from outside the cell to control all aspects of plant life, from development to stress response. To be activated, receptor kinases require shape-complementary co-receptors that... Read more »

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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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