John Innes Centre
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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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The Gold Standard: John Innes Centre receives Athena SWAN Gold award

We become the first institution in the UK to achieve an Athena SWAN Gold Award. 

Continental controls needed to maintain fightback against tree diseases

European-wide controls needed to protect against tree diseases

We're supporting Stonewall's new campaign; 'Come Out for LGBT'

The John Innes Centre is proudly supporting Stonewall’s new campaign to ‘Come Out For LGBT’.

Life in the fast lane: how plants avoid traffic jams

Traffic jams are the curse of the commute, the scourge of the school run and the bane of Bank Holidays.

But gridlocked motorists and students of traffic flow may soon be relieved and enlightened thanks to new research into plants.

Anglers’ delight as algal blooms breakthrough highlights innovative science

Millions of fish-deaths caused by toxic Prymnesium algal blooms could be prevented with the application of a household chemical best known for bleaching hair, breakthrough research has revealed.

Hormonal tug-of-war helps plant roots navigate their journey through the soil, new international study finds

Scientists from the John Innes Centre and Sapienza University, Rome, have identified a sophisticated mechanism that allows plant roots to quickly respond to changes in soil conditions 

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Online Community of Experts helps tackle food waste in Europe
A new digital network has been launched to encourage collaboration and bring together expertise from across Europe and beyond in a focussed response to the global issue of food waste. The Community of Experts (CoE) aims to help drive action at every level of the supply chain by empowering individuals, organisations and nations through the […]

Norwich Science Festival
Saturday 21 – Sunday 29 October 2017 The second Norwich Science Festival is almost upon us, bringing together hands-on activities, demonstrations, talks and events to celebrate science and its contribution to all of our lives. Over 9 days, from Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October, The Forum’s Atrium will become The Explorium, and a hub […]

New FSA advice on eating runny eggs
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced a change to its advice about eating eggs – now infants, children, pregnant women and elderly people can safely eat raw or lightly cooked eggs that are produced under the British Lion Code of Practice.. The decision to change the advice is a result of the findings from […]

Completing the drug design jigsaw
A powerful new way of analysing how drugs interact with molecules in the body could aid the design of better treatments with fewer side-effects. Most pharmaceuticals work by binding to a small site on the large proteins they target, causing the protein to change shape and so also its activity. To find drugs that act […]

PhD studentships available in the Quadram Institute
Recent understanding of how food and our gut microbiome interact is creating a fundamental shift in the way we will understand and address the impact of food on health. The Quadram Institute has been established to be at the forefront of these new interfaces between food science, gut biology, human health and disease, capitalizing on […]

Half a million hours worked on Quadram Institute provides local economic boost
With less than a year to its opening, construction of the Quadram Institute on the Norwich Research Park passed another milestone recently, as construction workers clocked up over 500,000 hours working on the site. The state-of-the-art building will host fundamental and translational research into food, human health, gut biology and disease, and feature a clinical […]

Quadram Institute construction enters final phase
Construction of the Quadram Institute building has now entered the final phase. The west elevation has been completed in brick, and external landscaping progressing. Construction has now entered the final phase of fit out, which has seen the removal of the internal scaffolding. This has opened up the first internal views of the light and […]

New Trustees appointed to Quadram Institute Bioscience board
Quadram Institute Bioscience is delighted to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Trustees. Dr Celia Caulcott, Dr Bénédicte Flambard, and Professor Peter J. Morgan collectively bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the QIB leadership. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I’m delighted to welcome Celia, Bénédicte and […]

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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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Professor Jonathan Jones awarded Honorary Doctorate from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

The Sainsbury Laboratory’s Professor Jonathan Jones, has been appointed Honorary Doctor of Agricultural Science by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Professor Jones was granted the award for his world-leading and pioneering research specialising in how plants resist disease and in identifying resistance genes in plants, expanding our knowledge on how plant defence systems... Read more »

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Changing of the guard – research sheds light on how plants breathe

New research is set to change the textbook understanding of how plants breathe. In research published in Plant Journal, a team led by Professor Richard Morris from the John Innes Centre, Norwich, Professor Silke Robatzek of The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, and collaborators from the University of Madrid, developed the first ever full 3D model of a... Read more »

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Breakthrough research sees first genome sequencing of celebrated African crop

Breakthrough research sees first genome sequencing of celebrated African crop An international research partnership has sequenced the genome of the white Guinea yam for the first time. Known to millions of people as the “King of the Crops,” the yam is a staple crop with huge economic and cultural significance in Africa. Teams across the... Read more »

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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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