• 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 […]

  • HP3 vision is aligned with UK plant science strategy
    by Simon Foster on March 19, 2021 at 09:00

    New strategy for plant sciences calls for investment in world-class HP3 infrastructure Plant science research has a crucial role to play in safeguarding the future of our planet. Investment is essential and urgent to meet the expectations […]

  • Plant immunity’s first response
    by Simon Foster on March 15, 2021 at 16:00

    New research shows that a plant’s initial immune response is actually a general stress response Plants adapt to their immediate environment by recognizing distinct molecules. Pattern recognition receptors (PRRs), located on the cell […]

  • Plant immunity requires two-step detection of invaders
    by Simon Foster on March 10, 2021 at 16:00

    Cell-surface and intracellular receptors of plants work together to activate a strong defence against bacterial pathogens Plants perceive pathogens and activate immunity using two very different types of receptors. Receptors at the cell […]

  • Phytophthora infestans: An interactome exposes a master manipulator
    by Simon Foster on March 2, 2021 at 16:58

    Phytophthora infestans is a mold-like oomycete pathogen, notoriously known for triggering the Irish potato famine in 1845. Almost two centuries later, scientists are still trying to unravel how exactly this organism makes plants sick. A […]