Tag Archives: Giles Oldroyd

UK & USA scientists collaborate to design crops of the future

UK & USA scientists collaborate to design crops of the future

  Three projects to transform future farming while reducing pollution and energy inputs: Engineering synthetic relationships between plants and bacteria The quest to solve the mystery of the lost bacteria Developing a synthetic nitrogen-fixing factory within plant’s cells Three teams of UK and USA researchers will begin a programme of novel research to revolutionise current [...]

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JIC receives a share of £20M investment for UK Synthetic Biology research

[Department for Business, Innovation and Skills press release] Professor Giles Oldroyd of the John Innes Centre has been awarded £2.5M from the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC) to begin developing cereal crops that can ‘fix’ their own nitrogen, making their own fertiliser. This is part of £20M of funding for synthetic biology projects [...]

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Plant interaction with friendly bacteria gives pathogens their break

In two papers to be published in Current Biology, researchers from JIC and The Sainsbury Laboratory on the Norwich Research Park, and Rothamsted Research and the University of York identify genes that help plants interact with microbes in the soil. Professor Giles Oldroyd of the John Innes Centre explains how plant roots form beneficial interactions [...]

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Major investment to persuade bacteria to help cereals access nitrogen from the air

The John Innes Centre will lead a $9.8m research project to investigate whether it is possible to initiate a symbiosis between cereal crops and bacteria. The symbiosis could help cereals access nitrogen from the air to improve yields. The five-year research project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, could have most immediate benefit [...]

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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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Plans for China-UK Centre of Excellence for plant and microbial research

A new centre of excellence for plant and microbial research is planned in China following a joint symposium in Shanghai between researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the John Innes Centre. The symposium highlighted shared scientific goals that will drive the step change in agriculture needed to produce food sustainably in the future. [...]

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Genome sequence sheds new light on how plants evolved nitrogen-fixing symbioses

Nature Journal

The genome of Medicago, a close relative of alfalfa and a long-established model for the study of legume biology, has been sequenced by an international team of scientists, capturing around 94 per cent of its genes. The research gives new insights into the evolution of the Papilionoid subfamily of legumes, which includes peas, soybean and [...]

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Leading plant researchers call for science-based GM regulation

At the end of this month, the world’s population will reach 7 billion; 1 billion are hungry, and 1 billion more are malnourished (http://tinyurl.com/3ngkyrt). In the next decades, there will be more humans. Limited land and water, costly energy for fertilizer, and climate change will ensure that more of them are hungry. Politics, economics and lack [...]

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