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JIC’s Professor John Snape to be next CIMMYT Chair

JIC’s Professor John Snape to be next CIMMYT Chair

Three years after joining the Board of Trustees of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Professor John Snape has been elected as Chair. Professor Snape is an emeritus fellow in the Crop Genetics department of the John Innes Centre. His research career in wheat genetics and biotechnology has spanned 41 years. He succeeds [...]

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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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The impact of the John Innes Centre

The impact of the John Innes Centre

Every pound invested in John Innes Centre science today will give £12 back to the UK economy in 10 years’ time. That’s the conclusion of an independent report which looks into the impact of the world-leading research at the plant science and microbiology institute on the Norwich Research Park. The report, compiled by Brookdale Consulting, [...]

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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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Strategic investment in JIC wheat genetics research has benefits today and for the future

Strategic investment in JIC wheat genetics research has benefits today and for the future

The contribution of John Innes Centre scientists to improving one of the world major crops highlights the impact of publicly-funded fundamental research decades ago on people’s lives today – and shows the benefit of today’s research for future generations. “Wheat genetics research in the UK”, published by the Biotechnology and  Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), [...]

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The future of crop protection

Fusarium, barley, wheat

At tomorrow’s AHDB crop protection conference, JIC scientists will outline advances in the lab that could translate into pesticide-free protection from disease in the field. Dr Paul Nicholson presents his work on Fusarium head blight, a disease that affected 96 per cent of winter wheat samples tested by Defra last year. Some of the fungal [...]

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Why crop rotation works. New research could help explain the dramatic effect on soil health and yield of crop rotation.

Why crop rotation works. New research could help explain the dramatic effect on soil health and yield of crop rotation.

Crop rotation has been used since Roman times to improve plant nutrition and to control the spread of disease. A new study to be published in Nature’s ‘The ISME Journal’ reveals the profound effect it has on enriching soil with bacteria, fungi and protozoa. “Changing the crop species massively changes the content of microbes in [...]

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