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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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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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Ramularia and the four ‘Rs’

Ramularia and the four ‘Rs’

The gene that has provided spring barley with resistance to powdery mildew for over 30 years increases susceptibility to newly-important disease Ramularia leaf spot. Scientists confirm the trade-off in a paper published in the Journal of Experimental Botany. Since 1980, the mlo gene has transformed mildew from the most important disease of barley to an occasional nuisance [...]

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Showcase of Young Science 2011

Showcase of Young Science 2011

This public event was held in March 2011 at the Forum in Norwich to showcase some of the varied research being undertaken by young scientists at both the John Innes Centre and the Institute of Food Research. After the audience had listened to the four presentations they were asked to vote for which project they [...]

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Research Medal for John Innes Centre Scientist

Research Medal for John Innes Centre Scientist

Professor James Brown of the John Innes Centre, an Institute of the BBSRC, has been awarded the Royal Agricultural Society of England Research Medal in recognition of his work to combat cereal diseases.  The Research Medal is presented for work of outstanding merit carried out in the UK, which is proven or likely to be [...]

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New efforts to counter ramularia

New efforts to counter ramularia

A project to combat a newly emerging disease of barley is being launched. It will pull together the efforts of plant scientists, breeders and industry to prevent this disease establishing and help UK farmers produce barley cost-effectively without additional impact on the environment. Finding ways to combat cereal diseases is crucial to ensure food security [...]

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How parasites keep the gene pool healthy

How parasites keep the gene pool healthy

[BBSRC News Release]  All life forms have depended on having a diverse range of genes in order to adapt and survive through the ages. Research published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B reveals how parasites co-evolve with their hosts so that genetic diversity is maintained. Compromise between hosts and parasites is vital, say scientists [...]

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