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JIC PhD student wins research excellence award

JIC PhD student wins research excellence award

JIC PhD student Philippa Borrill has won the 2014 early career excellence award from MonoGram. The award recognises outstanding young scientists and researchers in the field of small grain cereal and grass research in the UK. Applications were judged on the originality, excellence, and the significance of the work to the discipline. Philippa is the second [...]

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PhD student, Isabel Webb, wins ‘I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here’ category

PhD student, Isabel Webb, wins ‘I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here’ category

And the winner is… JIC PhD student Isabel Webb!  She won her category of the I’m a Scientist Get Me Out of Here final on Friday 21st March. JIC student Amelia Frizell-Armitage also came third. Izzy wrote a blog post about the experience. Having to cover subjects ranging from the rarest plant to why cows [...]

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Norwich scientist takes her science to Parliament

Norwich scientist takes her science to Parliament

Philippa Borrill, 24, a PhD student at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, hailing from Swindon in Wiltshire, has attended Parliament to present her science to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 17 March. Philippa’s poster on research about the interactions between nutrient content, [...]

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Climate-resilient wheat

Climate-resilient wheat

JIC scientists have discovered that changing temperatures can have a big effect on resistance to yellow rust, one of the most serious diseases of wheat. Most laboratory studies on disease resistance are performed at constant day temperatures under controlled conditions. Yet in the field, temperatures are constantly changing, and this is rarely investigated.     [...]

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PhD students in India, Ethiopia and Kenya to fight wheat stripe rust

PhD students in India, Ethiopia and Kenya to fight wheat stripe rust

Four PhD students appointed in India, Kenya and Ethiopia, will contribute to £1.4 million research to combat wheat stripe rust. A year of their projects will take place in Norwich or Cambridge, as part of a major international effort to improve crop production in developing countries. Stripe rust poses a serious threat to wheat production. [...]

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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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New way to improve antibiotic production

An antibiotic has been found to stimulate its own production. The findings, to be published in PNAS, could make it easier to scale up antibiotic production for commercialisation.   Scientists Dr Emma Sherwood and Professor Mervyn Bibb from the John Innes Centre were able to use their discovery of how the antibiotic is naturally produced [...]

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The world’s favourite fruit only better-tasting and longer-lasting

The world’s favourite fruit only better-tasting and longer-lasting

Tomatoes, said to be the world’s most popular fruit, can be made both better-tasting and longer-lasting thanks to UK research with purple GM varieties. “Working with GM tomatoes that are different to normal fruit only by the addition of a specific compound, allows us to pinpoint exactly how to breed in valuable traits,” said Professor [...]

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