JIC’s Professor John Snape to be next CIMMYT Chair

JIC’s Professor John Snape to be next CIMMYT Chair

Three years after joining the Board of Trustees of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Professor John Snape has been elected as Chair. Professor Snape is an emeritus fellow in the Crop Genetics department of the John Innes Centre. His research career in wheat genetics and biotechnology has spanned 41 years. He succeeds [...]

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How plants become zombies

How plants become zombies

Forget popular video game Plants Vs. Zombies, some plants are zombies and scientists have uncovered how bacterial parasites turn them into the living dead. “For the first time, we can reveal how this remarkable manipulation takes place,” says Professor Saskia Hogenhout from the John Innes Centre. “In that sense, the plant world is ahead of [...]

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JIC PhD student wins research excellence award

JIC PhD student wins research excellence award

JIC PhD student Philippa Borrill has won the 2014 early career excellence award from MonoGram. The award recognises outstanding young scientists and researchers in the field of small grain cereal and grass research in the UK. Applications were judged on the originality, excellence, and the significance of the work to the discipline. Philippa is the second [...]

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John Innes Centre achieves silver in Athena SWAN pilot

John Innes Centre achieves silver in Athena SWAN pilot

The John Innes Centre, an internationally renowned plant and microbial science institute, has become the first research institute to win an Athena SWAN Silver Award. The Athena SWAN charter recognises and celebrates good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education.  This award recognises JIC’s [...]

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How size splits cells

How size splits cells

One of the scientists who revealed how plants “do maths” can now reveal how cells take measurements of size. Size is important to cells as it determines when they divide. In a paper published in eLife, Professor Martin Howard from the John Innes Centre and colleagues from the US, Germany and Singapore discovered that cells [...]

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JIC’s Head of Directorate joins board of trustees of the Daphne Jackson Trust

JIC’s Head of Directorate joins board of trustees of the Daphne Jackson Trust

A leading figure in equality and diversity at the John Innes Centre has been made a trustee of a national charity that supports women (and men) wishing to return to STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers. Dr Carole Thomas, head of directorate at the world-leading plant and microbiology research institute in Norwich, said: “I [...]

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PhD student, Isabel Webb, wins ‘I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here’ category

PhD student, Isabel Webb, wins ‘I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here’ category

And the winner is… JIC PhD student Isabel Webb!  She won her category of the I’m a Scientist Get Me Out of Here final on Friday 21st March. JIC student Amelia Frizell-Armitage also came third. Izzy wrote a blog post about the experience. Having to cover subjects ranging from the rarest plant to why cows [...]

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New research projects announced to help save UK forests, woods and trees

New research projects announced to help save UK forests, woods and trees

Seven new research projects will improve understanding of tree pests and pathogens, and associated plant biosecurity £7M awarded to develop research capacity and capability   Seven new research projects have received a share of £7M to help address threats to UK forests, woods and trees. The multi-disciplinary Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative (THAPBI) will [...]

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