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” after London, Cambridge and Oxford and ahead of cities such as Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Nottingham and York – evidence of our outstanding international reputation
Scientists from the John Innes Centre have pioneered innovative new cell imaging techniques to shed light on cells hidden deep inside the meristem. This new development has made it possible to explore further below the outer surface of plants and has uncovered how a key gene controls stem growth.
Scientists from Dr Cristobal Uauy’s laboratory at the John Innes Centre (JIC) have developed a new open access online wheat training hub to support those researchers working on wheat or hoping to make the transition to work on this important crop.
The John Innes Centre has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into the implications and opportunities, for science and research, of leaving the EU.
New technique to beat the food fraudsters
Shoppers can be more confident that their burgers are the real deal following a new method of testing for meat fraud developed at the Institute of Food Research on the Norwich Research Park. Exploiting subtle differences in a key meat protein, the addition of just 1% of horse into a beef burger or of beef […]
IFR hosts international conference on food bioactives and health
The Institute of Food Research hosted a major international conference dedicated to the study of bioactives and health in September 2016. Bioactives are compounds found naturally in foods that have some active effect on our bodies, and they have attracted a lot of interest from the scientific community for their ability to improve or protect […]
Reaction to new vitamin D recommendations
The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) today published new recommendations that everyone should consume 10micrograms of vitamin D daily, the equivalent of about 400 International Units (IU). The main way we get vitamin D is through our bodies synthesising it on exposure to sunlight, but it can also be taken in through diet – […]
SIRTainly all the craze right now; should sirtuin bioactives be part of our diet?
Scientists led by Dr Naiara Beraza at the Institute of Food Research on the Norwich Research Park are investigating the mechanisms underpinning the supposed beneficial effects of the ‘Sirtfood Diet’. Sirtfoods burst onto the health and nutrition scene earlier this year, making a splash in the media, with several high profile athletes including Olympic gold-medallist […]
Little gut reaction to enterohaemorrhagic E. coli
A recently published study has found some evidence that enterohaemorrhagic E.coli(EHEC) may be able to evade or suppress our immune system. EHEC (aka E. coli O157) causes around 1200 cases of food poisoning in the UK every year. Symptoms are serious, ranging from diarrhoea to acute kidney failure and neurological damage. Outbreaks can be hard […]
Do the Answers to ME/CFS lie within our Gut?
Researchers on the Norwich Research Park have published a review of evidence for a role of the gut microbiota and virome in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Commonly presenting with hugely diverse and debilitating symptoms including post-exertional tiredness, unrefreshing sleep, concentration problems and widespread pain, ME/CFS is very difficult to diagnose and treat. The disease affects […]
New insights into how we fight bacterial infection
A new study has found a novel way in which certain bacteria are recognised and trigger our immune system. Dr Norihito Kawasaki from the Institute of Food Research has led a group of researchers investigating the role of molecules called lipopolysaccharides. These molecules are found on the outer surface of a large group of bacteria, […]
UK-China Joint Centre for Probiotics Research
The Institute of Food Research and Jiangnan University have collaborated to initiate a UK-China Joint Centre for Probiotic Research. The centre builds on long term collaboration between Professor Chen Wei, at Jiangnan University, and Professor Arjan Narbad at the IFR, which receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). After several […]
Applications are now invited for our 4-year multi-disciplinary PhD programme offering opportunities in genetics, genomics, cell biology, molecular biology, crop science, biological chemistry, computational and systems biology. Our long-running flagship Rotation PhD programme is aimed at supporting the most promising independent students to undertake in-depth postgraduate training. The programme involves three internationally respected research institutions... Read more »
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Plants have specialised immune receptor proteins on the surface of their cells, which detect specific molecular patterns, or ligands, on harmful bacteria. New research by scientists at The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich now reveals that these immune receptors, along with the ligand that activates them, must be taken up inside the plant cell in order... Read more »
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Dr Ksenia Krasileva, group leader at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) and the Earlham Institute (EI), a €1.5M starting grant (over five years) to investigate the immune system of our most important crops. Her research into plants’ immune system could create new genetic solutions for protecting plant health and future sustainable crop production.... Read more »
Dr Ksenia Krasileva, Group Leader at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) and the Earlham Institute (EI), has been awarded a New Investigator Award from the BBSRC to fund research into the cereal killer – wheat yellow rust. The project aims to vastly reduce the time taken to identify disease resistance to wheat yellow rust from 15... Read more »
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Researchers from Tübingen and The Sainsbury Laboratory uncover the mechanism which triggers host plant resistance against parasitic plants There are more than 4,500 plant species which live as parasites on other plants. These parasitic plants can cause severe damage to agriculture, and even, in some cases, can lead to a complete failure of crops. Researchers... Read more »
The Sainsbury Laboratory is a world leading institute addressing the global challenge of food security. TSL is proud to be an international organisation, and as such we employ 42% of our staff from other countries in the EU and a further 24% from the rest of the world. To maintain our status as a world-leading... Read more »
DEFRA have approved The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich’s application to conduct field trials of GM potato crops on a designated trial site at the Norwich Research Park between 2016 and 2019. The field trials are part of the TSL’s Potato Partnership Project to develop a Maris Piper potato that is blight and nematode resistant, bruises less... Read more »
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A team of scientists from The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) and The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) have developed a new method to accelerate isolation of plant disease resistance genes. The team have also identified a brand new source of blight resistance genes in Solanum americanum, a wild relative of the potato.