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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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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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Top tomatoes secure “Most Promising Innovator” award

Top tomatoes secure “Most Promising Innovator” award

The goodness of 27 bottles of red wine without the alcohol and the benefits of tofu without the texture – tomatoes with high levels of beneficial compounds win John Innes Centre scientists the BBSRC award of “Most Promising Innovator 2014.” “We have been inspired by the need to redefine the meaning of healthy food,” says [...]

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Norwich scientist takes her science to Parliament

Norwich scientist takes her science to Parliament

Philippa Borrill, 24, a PhD student at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, hailing from Swindon in Wiltshire, has attended Parliament to present her science to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 17 March. Philippa’s poster on research about the interactions between nutrient content, [...]

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Plant Doctors at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham

Plant Doctors at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham

The John Innes Centre and the British Society for Plant Pathology (BSPP) are getting ready to inspire the next generation of plant scientists at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham this week (13-16th March 2014). Their stand, Plant Doctors, is designed to address the serious decline in teaching and research on plant diseases in British [...]

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Ash research reveals first genetic clues to fight dieback

Ash research reveals first genetic clues to fight dieback

Scientists collaborating on ash dieback research can reveal the first genetic clues that could help them identify and breed trees tolerant to the disease. Scientists from the University of York analysed data generated by the John Innes Centre and The Genome Analysis Centre in Norwich from around 180 Danish trees. The susceptibility of these trees [...]

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