Changing of the guard
New research is set to change the textbook understanding of how plants breathe
Plant-produced polio vaccines
Plants have been used to produce a new vaccine against poliovirus in what's hoped to be major step towards global eradication of the disease
How plants avoid traffic jams
Gridlocked motorists and students of traffic flow may soon be relieved and enlightened thanks to new research into plants
Come out for LGBT
The John Innes Centre is proudly supporting Stonewall’s new campaign to ‘Come Out For LGBT’.
Our core research areas are funded by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
Through four Institute Strategic Programmes our research directly addresses BBSRC objectives in;
- Food security
- Human health
- Industrial biotechnology
The John Innes Centre’s Scientific Departments work together with partners across the world to achieve the goals of each strategic programme.
We also host a range of Technology Platforms that deliver world-class scientific support to all researchers on site.
John Innes research aims to develop fundamental understanding of plant biotic interactions, and to apply this knowledge to reduce crop losses and increase yields through improved nutrition.
Genes in the Environment
Research is needed to improve yield and adaptability of crops, including brassica, within a diverse and sustainable environment. Work undertaken at JIC is contributing hugely to this global challenge.
Molecules from Nature
Plants produce a wealth of specialised molecules that mediate their interactions with other organisms, including colours. Understanding the genes responsible for these molecules has important applications such as the creation of super-foods.
Designing Future Wheat
Worldwide, more land is used to grow wheat than any other crop. It has overtaken rice to become the second most produced cereal after maize. Wheat research supports the development of new wheat varieties, and will help address global food security issues.