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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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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.

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

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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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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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