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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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Speed breeding technique sows seeds of new green revolution

Pioneering new technology is set to accelerate the global quest for crop improvement in a development which echoes the Green Revolution of the post war period.

Managing the microbes – the key to solving the global nitrogen crisis

Experts from the UK and Brazil have joined forces to address the challenges and opportunities for agricultural nitrogen science in Florianopolis, Brazil.

How Snapdragons keep their colour: signposting trick reveals evolutionary mechanism

A study of the colour patterns among wild flowers in a mountain valley has yielded a clue about how nature controls fundamental evolutionary change in all species.

Distinguished role model for women in science receives global award

A world-leading Norfolk plant scientist is today named as a 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science laureate.

Iceni Diagnostics win Business Award

John Innes Centre and UEA spin-out company, Iceni Diagnostics, has won a prestigious award that celebrates the best businesses in the region.

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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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World-class science recognised as four TSL scientists make prestigious “highly-cited” list

Four of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” are scientists from The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, who have recently been recognized for the impact of their work. Professor Jonathan Jones, Professor Sophien Kamoun, Professor Cyril Zipfel and Dr Joe Win have been classified among the Web of Science’s “most highly-cited” researcher list for 2017 in the... Read more »

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Early success for Late Blight Resistance trial in Potatoes

A genetically improved potato designed to have resistance to a devastating global plant disease has successfully come through the first year of field trials. The field trial conducted by The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) in Norwich involves incorporating late blight resistant genes from a wild potato relative into a cultivated Maris Piper potato. “The first year... Read more »

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A new vision and Executive Director for The Sainsbury Laboratory

The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich launches its new vision and announces the appointment of Professor Nicholas Talbot FRS as Executive Director. Professor Talbot is a world-renowned expert in molecular plant pathology. He is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact at the University of Exeter, and leads an internationally renowned research group. Professor Talbot will... Read more »

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