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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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First Agri-tech Cluster Director announced

First Agri-tech Cluster Director announced

Opportunities for agricultural technology or ‘agri-tech’ in the East of England are set to grow significantly due to the exploitation of innovative science, the increase in both global population, the demand for food. We are delighted to announce the appointment of the first Agri-Tech Cluster Director for the East of England.  The new Director will [...]

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Prof Cathie Martin and Dr Eugenio Butelli shortlisted in innovation competition

Prof Cathie Martin and Dr Eugenio Butelli shortlisted in innovation competition

Professor Cathie Martin and Dr Eugenio Butelli, probably best known for their work on GM purple tomatoes, have been shortlisted in the BBSRC Innovator of the Year competition. They are one nomination of just three in their category and, if successful, will go on to compete with the winners in two other categories for the [...]

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GM spuds beat blight

GM spuds beat blight

Research by our colleagues in The Sainsbury Lab www.tsl.ac.uk In a three-year GM research trial, scientists boosted resistance of potatoes to late blight, their most important disease, without deploying fungicides. The findings, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and The Gatsby Foundation, will be published in ‘Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society [...]

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€85 million for new way to carry out antibiotic drug discovery

Over 30 European universities, research institutes, and companies, led by GlaxoSmithKline and Uppsala University, are joining forces in a 6 year programme supported by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) to develop novel antibiotics against Gram-negative pathogens. The project, called ENABLE (European Gram-Negative Antibacterial Engine), includes open calls for candidates outside the consortium. The antibiotic crisis [...]

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The impact of the John Innes Centre

The impact of the John Innes Centre

Every pound invested in John Innes Centre science today will give £12 back to the UK economy in 10 years’ time. That’s the conclusion of an independent report which looks into the impact of the world-leading research at the plant science and microbiology institute on the Norwich Research Park. The report, compiled by Brookdale Consulting, [...]

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Cambridge and Norwich win major boost for synthetic biology

Cambridge and Norwich win major boost for synthetic biology

Plant scientists at Cambridge and Norwich have been awarded £12 million funding for a new UK synthetic biology centre – OpenPlant. Inspired by the way open source data has stimulated innovation in computing, OpenPlant will create a climate of openness in synthetic biology, helping young researchers and entrepreneurs develop and share new tools and libraries [...]

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Bumper harvest for GM purple tomatoes

Bumper harvest for GM purple tomatoes

GM purple tomatoes developed by John Innes Centre scientists in the UK are being harvested in Ontario, Canada, for future research and to attract interest from private investors. The 5000 square-foot glasshouse will yield enough tomatoes to produce 2000 litres of purple tomato juice. It will be used to generate new research and industry collaborations [...]

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