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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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The John Innes Centre celebrates 50 Years in Norwich in 2017

2017 marks 50 years since the John Innes Institute moved from Bayfordbury near Hertford to its new home, on Colney Lane in south Norwich. The institute will mark the anniversary at a number of events during the year.

New plant research solves a colourful mystery

Research led by scientists at the John Innes Centre has solved a long-standing mystery by deducing how and why strange yet colourful structures called 'anthocyanic vacuolar inclusions' occur in some plants.

JIC and TSL applaud a European success story

Ten years on, the European Research Council has been a story of substantial success. It has funded almost 7000 fundamental research projects leading to major scientific advances, discoveries and a significant change in the international standing of European research. JIC and TSL have been part of this success story, winning 20 ERC grants worth more than €30m.

John Innes Centre scientists remove reliance on seasonality in new line of broccoli – potentially doubling crop production

Scientists at the John Innes Centre (JIC) are developing a new line of fast-growing sprouting broccoli that goes from seed to harvest in 8-10 weeks

Seeing the bigger picture: imaging technique widens our view on the inner worlds of plants and their guests

Scientists at the John Innes Centre exploring how interactions between genes affect plant patterning have developed an imaging technique to visualise live gene activity at the macroscopic scale. 

New antibiotic from bacteria found on an ant could beat MRSA

A new antibiotic, produced by bacteria found on a species of African ant, is very potent against antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ like MRSA according to scientists.

How to be a successful pest: lessons from the green peach aphid

UK Scientists, in collaboration with groups in Europe and the US, have discovered why the green peach aphid (Myzus persicae) is one of the most destructive pests to many of our most important crops. Their research will inform industry and research programmes to support pest control and aid global food security.

JIC welcomes third AWARD fellow, Veronica Guwela

The John Innes Centre is pleased to welcome Veronica Guwela from the University of Malawi, for a three-month placement as part of her AWARD (African Women in Agricultural Research and Development) fellowship.

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Institute of Food Research scientist takes her research to Parliament
Tharsini Sivapalan, 26, a PhD student at the Institute of Food Research (soon to be Quadram Institute), hailing from Hayes, London, is attending Parliament to present her bioscience research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of STEM for BRITAIN on Monday 13 March. Tharsini’s poster on research about […]

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Soon to be at the heart of a unique plant-food-health science cluster in Norwich, UK, the Quadram Institute (QI) will be an international hub to provide a step-change in interdisciplinary food and health research and will be housed in a new state-of-the-art building at the Norwich Research Park, due for completion in 2018.  It will […]

Quadram Institute reaches major construction landmark
The construction of the Quadram Institute, Norwich Research Park’s state-of-the-art new centre for food and health research, reached a significant stage this week (Thursday 2 March) with the final cement pouring.  George Freeman MP, chair of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board and former UK Minister for Life Sciences, led a ceremony to make the occasion, […]

ME/CFS talks held in Norwich
An event held in Norwich in January 2017 gave the public a chance to hear about some of the biomedical research being undertaken on the debilitating condition ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). The event was hosted by IFR and Invest in ME Research, a charity promoting biomedical research and education into ME, which is aiming to establish a […]

New evidence of how gut microbes affect Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Bifidobacterium breve. Image by K.R.HughesScientists at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) have uncovered a new mechanism linking bacteria in the gut to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). They have found that certain bacteria release molecules that interact with the lining of the gut to influence a process known as epithelial cell shedding. This shedding process is vital to maintaining […]

Finding new cancer drugs in the neighbourhood
Signalling network in colon cancer. Cancer-related proteins are green, first neighbours are orangeIn the search for new drugs to combat cancer, it might be worth calling on the neighbours. Computational biologists have looked at the complex networks of interacting proteins that drive cancer formation, and found that targeting the neighbours of cancer-causing proteins may be just as effective as focusing on the cancer proteins themselves. Cancer is […]

New study unravels critical genes to understand human diseases and support drug discovery
A network analysis of proteins that are most important in responding to environmental signals highlights potential targets for drugs and provides better information on the genetic basis of diseases.  Throughout evolutionary history, there have been genetic elements that have duplicated – giving rise to genes with different functions. These are called ‘paralogs’. They are able […]

Scientists spend a week at Westminster
Andrew Watson (3rd right) with fellow scientists and staff from the Govt Office for ScienceTwo scientists from Norwich Research Park have taken part in a Royal Society scheme to bring the worlds of politics and science closer together. The initiative, run by the Royal Society – the UK’s national academy of science – with support from the Government Office for Science, enabled them to spend a week at Westminster […]

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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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TSL submits application to DEFRA for approval to carry out a field trial on GM Potatoes

The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) has applied to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for permission to carry out a field trial on genetically modified potatoes on the Norwich Research Park between 2017 and 2020. The trial will test the effectiveness of late blight resistance genes in Maris Piper potatoes. These genes... Read more »

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International collaboration to source new resistance genes to combat corn diseases

Monsanto Company and 2Blades Foundation (2Blades) have formed a collaboration to discover novel sources of genetic resistance to devastating corn diseases. 2Blades will deliver these resistance genes in collaboration with The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, the leading global institute for research on plant-pathogen interactions and long-term partner of 2Blades. “Mid and late season corn disease complexes... Read more »

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Professor Sophien Kamoun awarded the 2016 Kuwait Prize for Applied Science in Food and Agriculture

Professor Sophien Kamoun, Group Leader at The Sainsbury Laboratory has been awarded the 2016 Kuwait Prize for Applied Science in Food and Agriculture by The Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences (KFAS).

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TSL Scientists identify novel regulatory mechanism that controls how plants defend themselves against pathogens

Together with collaborators in Austria, scientists at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) in Norwich (UK) are unravelling the complex mechanisms underlying plants’ innate abilities to resist pests and pathogens. In a new paper published in Science, the team reveals how a class of endogenous plant peptides and their corresponding receptor regulate plant immune responses. Plants possess... Read more »

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Forming a second line of plant defence – capturing disease-resistant DNA

Scientists have developed a new improved method for capturing longer DNA fragments, doubling the size that can be analysed for novel genes which provide plants with immunity to disease. RenSeq (1) is a method to sequence Resistance (R) genes that confer disease resistance in plants. Each plant typically carries hundreds of potential R gene sequences,... Read more »

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Plants take it all in to deal with bacteria

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 »

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