• The role of genetic technologies in sustainable agriculture
    by Simon Foster on September 29, 2021 at 07:48

    The climate emergency is the most important threat facing our planet. At The Sainsbury Laboratory, our plant health science always factors in the interwoven threats of climate change and global food security.   What is the scale of the […]

  • Unlocking receptor biology one paper at a time
    by Simon Foster on September 27, 2021 at 09:13

    The Kamoun Lab members are passionate about open science and NLR immune receptors Recently, multiple research articles on the NLR class of immune receptors in plants were published by the journals: eLife, PLOS Biology, PNAS and Plant […]

  • The microbial molecule that turns plants into zombies
    by Simon Foster on September 17, 2021 at 15:00

    Zombie plants, witches’ brooms and the curse that might contain a cure A newly discovered manipulation mechanism used by parasitic bacteria to slow down plant ageing, may offer new ways to protect disease-threatened food crops. Parasites […]

  • Catching up with George
    by Simon Foster on September 13, 2021 at 08:09

    We find out more about this developer and his journey from theology to computer science. By Mia Cerfonteyn When George Deeks set out to study an MA in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge in 2009, he never imagined […]

  • Joint response to the National Food Strategy
    by Simon Foster on July 22, 2021 at 12:53

    Take action to harness the unique contribution of plant genetic innovation, Government urged Responding to last week’s National Food Strategy, leading players along the length of the UK’s crop improvement pipeline, from fundamental and […]

  • Funding boost to scope zero-carbon hub for plant and microbial science
    by Simon Foster on June 28, 2021 at 09:01

    The John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory (JIC and TSL) have been awarded £1m to progress plans to develop a world-leading plant and microbial research hub on the Norwich Research Park. The award, announced by UK Research & […]

  • 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 […]