• How does barley resist a wheat pathogen?
    by Chris Rickett on November 25, 2021 at 12:26

    Scientists discover that the same gene can confer resistance to completely different pathogens The fungal pathogen stripe rust Puccinia striiformis causes major global losses in cereal crop yields, particularly wheat. The species has […]

  • Master Regulators Caught in the Act
    by Chris Rickett on November 16, 2021 at 12:33

    Researchers identify the hierarchical regulatory network controlling infection by the devastating blast pathogen. Fungal plant diseases such as the blast pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae can devastate rice and wheat crops. Rice blast is one of […]

  • Our Highly Cited Researchers in 2021
    by Chris Rickett on November 16, 2021 at 09:11

    Three scientists at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) have once again been included in the Highly Cited Researchers™ list for 2021. Now in its eighth year, the list recognises the most influential researchers on a global scale, representing […]

  • Catching up with Debbie
    by Chris Rickett on November 15, 2021 at 16:37

    We find out more about our Head of Administration who started her career as an insect taxonomist. By Mia Cerfonteyn When I started working at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) during lockdown earlier this year I was told that if I wanted to […]

  • TSL Technician Commitment
    by Simon Foster on November 10, 2021 at 10:33

    Supporting our support staff   The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) has always prided itself in producing excellent research. It is without a doubt that the Laboratory’s success stems out of a strong foundation of highly skilled technical […]

  • 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 […]