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The John Innes Centre has been selected from 30 leading BBSRC funded institutions to win the BBSRC Excellence with Impact award at the Fostering Innovation Gala award ceremony. JIC plans to use the £500,000 prize to further scientific impact in Africa with our regional research partners, especially Biosciences east and central Africa (BecA).
The Chinese Academy of Sciences and the UK’s John Innes Centre have established the Centre of Excellence for Plant and Microbial Sciences (CEPAMS).
With initial funding of more than $16m, CEPAMS combines the strengths of three of the world’s leading plant and microbial research institutes (JIC in the UK, and the CAS Institutes of Genetics & Developmental Biology and of Plant Physiology and Ecology).
Having established new state of the art laboratories in Beijing and Shanghai, we are looking for the best and brightest international scientists to lead new research groups at CEPAMS.
Visit cepams.org to learn more.
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Reducing Crop Losses
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.
Growing Our Future
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.
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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.
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.