• Catching up with Alice
    by Simon Foster on June 10, 2021 at 12:53

    We find out more about this enthusiastic PhD student who started her own YouTube channel. By Mia Cerfonteyn Walking through the corridors of The Sainsbury Laboratory, you can hear Alice’s laughter before you see her. Known for her […]

  • Molecular partnership underpins plant immunity
    by Chris Rickett on June 7, 2021 at 09:00

    A new study reveals how certain proteins associate into distinct signalling modules to orchestrate the plant defence response. Plant disease resistance depends on recognition of pathogen molecules, followed by activation of defence […]

  • Hope to save citrus and olives from devastating diseases
    by Simon Foster on May 21, 2021 at 08:58

    Transferring immune receptor genes from the model plant Arabidopsis to sweet orange makes them more resistant to damaging bacterial diseases such as Xylella. Xylella fastidiosa has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the most dangerous […]

  • Professor Wenbo Ma receives prestigious Ruth Allen Award
    by Simon Foster on May 17, 2021 at 20:13

    The American Phytopathological Society honoured our senior group leader, Professor Wenbo Ma, with the Ruth Allen Award for her innovative research and outstanding contributions to the field of plant pathology. For this award, they select […]

  • MSc in Global Plant Health
    by Simon Foster on May 4, 2021 at 09:34

      The Sainsbury Laboratory proudly launches its one-year taught MSc in Global Plant Health. We look forward to welcoming the best students from around the world in September 2021. This MSc focusses on integrated solutions to emerging […]

  • Our statement on the recent cuts in Overseas Development Assistance
    by Simon Foster on April 23, 2021 at 12:50

    An unexpected and severe cut to Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) funding has pulled the rug out from under many scientific projects that were paving the way to solve urgent challenges in some of the poorest countries in the world. […]

  • Blight-resistant Maris Piper
    by Simon Foster on April 15, 2021 at 15:33

    In 2016, field trials were approved to develop a Maris Piper potato that is better for consumers, farmers and our environment. Professor Jonathan Jones and Dr Agnieszka Witek tell us about the recent progress made on the “PiperPlus” […]

  • The best in AI appointed at Norwich Research Park
    by Simon Foster on April 8, 2021 at 14:20

    Scientists across Norwich Research Park institutes are part of a major integrated UK research-industry programme led by The Alan Turing Institute, seeking out the best talent in AI and data science, developing bioscience leaders and […]

  • Our statement on the regulation of gene editing
    by Simon Foster on April 6, 2021 at 10:38

    Global agriculture in the 21st century faces significant challenges. It needs to provide enough food to meet the demands of a growing and increasingly affluent global population whilst reducing its contribution to the environmental crises […]

  • Wheat blast pandemic spread over three continents
    by Simon Foster on March 29, 2021 at 15:37

    Genetic analyses on a destructive wheat blast fungus link the pandemics in South America, South East Asia and Zambia. Wheat blast, Magnaporthe oryzae pathotype Triticum, is a fungus with devastating implications for wheat crop. It was […]