Tag Archives: Alison Smith

Plants do sums to get through the night

Plants do sums to get through the night

New research shows that to prevent starvation at night, plants perform accurate arithmetic division. The calculation allows them to use up their starch reserves at a constant rate so that they run out almost precisely at dawn. “This is the first concrete example in a fundamental biological process of such a sophisticated arithmetic calculation.” said mathematical [...]

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Speed Dating with Scientists

Friends of John Innes Centre

The Friends of the John Innes Centre are holding a ‘Speed Dating with Scientists’ event on Tuesday 17th July at 18:15. This is the ideal opportunity to find out what goes on at the John Innes Centre, and to speak to our scientists and staff about what they do and why in a friendly relaxed [...]

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An evening with plant scientists

In celebration of the first ever International Fascination of Plants Day with over 39 countries taking part, the John Innes Centre home to some of the best plant scientists in the world asked some of them, amongst other things, why plants? What is that fascinates them about plants and what is it they want to [...]

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New projects to develop improved crops for food security

New projects to develop improved crops for food security

The John Innes Centre will receive approximately £1million of funding for two new research projects that will help reduce yield losses in oilseed rape, and improve the efficiency of the conversion of barley grain to beer and whisky. On the morning of the first day of Cereals 2011, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council [...]

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Scientists aim to improve photosynthesis to increase food and fuel production

Scientists aim to improve photosynthesis to increase food and fuel production

Scientists in the UK and USA have today (28 March) been awarded funding totalling £6.1M/$10.3M to improve the process of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis allows biological systems to convert sunlight into food and the source of all the fossil fuels we burn today. Four transatlantic research teams will explore ways to overcome limitations in photosynthesis which could [...]

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John Innes Centre receives award for its contribution to Nuffield Scholarship Scheme

John Innes Centre receives award for its contribution to Nuffield Scholarship Scheme

The John Innes Centre has been presented with the Employer Award from The Exchange in recognition of their contributions to the Nuffield Scholarship Scheme.  The Nuffield Science Bursary Scheme is an initiative set up by a charitable organisation, the Nuffield Foundation,  that enables first-year sixth formers who are interested in science to carry out a [...]

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JIC and Sainsbury Lab scientists write new Plant Biology textbook

JIC and Sainsbury Lab scientists write new Plant Biology textbook

The John Innes Centre’s excellence in plant science has helped in the production of a new textbook for students.  ‘Plant Biology’, published by Garland Science, is an account of modern plant science, reflecting recent advances in genetics and genomics and the excitement they have created. The textbook, for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, was written [...]

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Alison Smith Awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Alison Smith Awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

19th June 2006 Contact: Dr Vicky Just: +44 (0)1603 255111 JIC Press Office and Out of hours: +44 (0)1603 450000 Her Majesty, the Queen has recognised Professor Alison Smith from the John Innes Centre (JIC) in the 2006 Birthday Honours list. Alison has been awarded an OBE for her services to plant biochemistry. She has [...]

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