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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 Hospital 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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John Innes Centre's submission to inquiry into the implications of leaving EU on UK science

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.

Professor Caroline Dean awarded the Darwin Medal by the Royal Society

Professor Dean has been awarded the Darwin Medal for her work into understanding how plants perceive temperature cues to coordinate developmental changes and the ecological and evolutionary significance of natural variations in the underlying mechanisms.

What is it like to be a scientist?

Teenagers from across Norfolk have enjoyed an access-all-areas experience at the Norwich Bioscience Institutes this week, during our annual Year 10 Science Camp.

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Little gut reaction to enterohaemorrhagic E. coli
EHEC t ileum oil-1_620A 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?
JCMResearchers 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
Norihito KawasakiA 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
chenweirichardmithen_240The 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 […]

Microevolution key to Salmonella’s success
RobKingsley1Research led by Dr Rob Kingsley from the Institute of Food Research has shown how Salmonella rapidly “microevolves” during an epidemic. It highlights how whole genome sequencing is important in tracking pathogenic bacteria. Salmonella are one of the most common causes of bacterial disease in humans and animals. Part of their success comes from their […]

IFR Experiment in the Cathedral
DSC_0548_300IFR’s researchers met with hundreds of people of all ages during Norwich Cathedral’s Science Festival. On Saturday March 12th, thousands of people visited “Experiment in the Cathedral” – a day of family fun and a chance to meet some of the many scientists from different disciplines who work in and around Norfolk. IFR’s researchers developed […]

How probiotic protects against pathogen infection in the gut
L reuteri mucus copy_250A collaborative study by researchers on the Norwich Research Park has indicated how certain probiotic bacteria can help reduce infection by pathogenic E. coli. Previous clinical studies have suggested that certain probiotic bacteria could prevent pathogenic bacteria from infecting the human gut. In particular, one common type of bacteria found naturally in our gut, the […]

Discovery of mechanism for transfer of botulinum neurotoxin genes
Clostridium botulinum and its spore (inset) 
Jason Brunt, Kathryn Cross and Mary ParkerA new study has shown how Clostridium botulinum could potentially transfer their deadly neurotoxin genes to other bacteria. This highlights the need for constant vigilance in identifying new threats to food safety. The botulinum neurotoxin is the most potent known, and has been much studied because of this, helping ensure it doesn’t get into our […]

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How the tomato avoids entanglements with a dodder

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 »

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TSL statement on the outcome of the EU referendum

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 »

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TSL receives DEFRA approval for potato field trials

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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New technique accelerates isolation of late blight resistance genes from a wild potato relative

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.

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Nornex Report on Ash Dieback Published

Open access to data has enhanced the ability of the scientific community to respond to emerging threats like ash dieback disease. That was the message from TSL’s Dan MacLean at a press conference for the launch of the Nornex Report, which summarised the work of a consortium of scientists convened following the outbreak of ash dieback... Read more »

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Four TSL scientists named in 2015 list of highly cited scientists worldwide

Four TSL scientists, Cyril Zipfel, Sophien Kamoun, Jonathan Jones and Joe Win, have been named in a list of the most highly cited scientists across the world. The study by Thomson Reuters measures the exceptional impact the scientists are making globally. The study uses various criteria to determine the most high impact researchers among those who... Read more »

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Scientists issue rallying cry for wheat blast research

A team of scientists in the UK and Bangladesh are turning to the combined knowledge of the global scientific community to address an emerging threat to Asian agriculture. The target is the fearsome fungal disease wheat blast. The pathogen was spotted in Bangladesh in February this year – its first report in Asia. Wheat is... Read more »

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TSL partners with 2Blades Foundation and J.R. Simplot Company to develop resistance against potato diseases

The Sainsbury Laboratory will work as part of a research partnership with the Two Blades Foundation (2Blades) and J. R. Simplot Company to develop potato varieties with increased resistance to oomycete and bacterial diseases. Late blight, the oomycete disease that resulted in the Irish Potato Famine, is the most notorious of potato diseases and still a significant cause of yield... Read more »

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