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Microscopy Insight Day – 23rd October 2013

Microscopy Insight Day – 23rd October 2013

This year we welcomed 8 schools from Norfolk, totalling 150 students including a group from Norfolk Adult Education, to the annual John Innes Centre Microscopy Insight Day. During the visit each group had an introduction to microscopy, followed by a tour of the microscopy suite.  The microscopy suite houses Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron [...]

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Out of the lab and into the bush: Jack and Henry take on Sierra Leone

Out of the lab and into the bush: Jack and Henry take on Sierra Leone

The following blog post is written by Jack Dumenil, a PhD student from Prof. Mike Bevan’s laboratory at the John Innes Centre. Earlier in the summer Jack and his colleague Henry Creissen visited Sierra Leone to help Planting Promise, an agricultural charity providing equipment, training and support to farm workers in the country, which in [...]

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JIC training to help scientists fight disease-causing bacteria

JIC training to help scientists fight disease-causing bacteria

Scientists from around the world will benefit from five days’ training at the John Innes Centre on bacteria that cause disease in economically important crops including maize, potato and apple. They will learn the complex techniques required to stitch together the genomes of phytoplasmas. Phytoplasmas are a class of bacteria able to modify their plant [...]

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PhD opportunities for bioscience graduates

PhD opportunities for bioscience graduates

The John Innes Centre is offering a number of PhD projects through the new Norwich Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) programme which involves five world-class research institutions based on the Norwich Research Park. This new PhD training programme is supported by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) who recognise Norwich as a major centre for biosciences [...]

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2013 International Undergraduate Summer Research Programme

Applications for the 2013 International Undergraduate Summer Research Programme, which runs from 1st July till 24th August 2013, are now OPEN  (deadline:  8th February 2013). This 8 week programme is co-hosted by The John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Genome Analysis Centre and provides UK and non-UK students with the unique opportunity to [...]

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John Innes Foundation Prizes for PhD students

The Trustees of the John Innes Foundation sponsor the annual award of a number of prizes for outstanding achievements by PhD students at the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory. The Prizes aqre awarded for Excellence in Scientific Research and Excellence in Science Communication. The 2012 prizes were awarded by Mr Frank Oldfield, Chairman of the [...]

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Training opportunity to learn about wheat genetics

The BBSRC funded Wheat Improvement Strategic Programme (WISP)

The BBSRC funded Wheat Improvement Strategic Programme (WISP) aims to identify new and useful genetic variation to support the vital contribution of wheat breeding to food security. The aim of this BBSRC funded course is to offer training in the genetic analysis methodologies employed in WISP at the John Innes Centre.  The participants will gain [...]

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Bacteria Branch Out

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A.

Streptomyces produce the majority of clinically useful antibiotics, yet we don’t fully understand how they grow. PhD student Antje Hempel has contributed to our understanding of this by working out how and why the bacterial filaments produce branches. Streptomyces bacteria typically live in soil and survive by decomposing plant matter. They do this by growing [...]

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