Technology first used by NASA to grow plants extra-terrestrially is fast tracking improvements in a range of crops.
A range of fully-funded, 4-year, PhD studentships are now available
OpenMTA is a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) designed to support openness, sharing and innovation in global biotechnology launched
Open Material Transfer Agreement
Grainy wheat genome comes into focus
The Gold Standard
We have become the first institution in the UK to achieve an Athena SWAN Gold Award.
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.