European school science project
Crop Genetics Research Assistant Rachel Burns wanted to engage schoolchildren across Europe in a real scientific investigation. This is the story of a project about to enter it's second year.
Matt Johnston tells us about Active Plant Protection; a next-generation plant defence company, which has made it through to the final of the Plant and Microbe BiotechYES competition.
Else Schulz; our mystery woman
Recently, a collection of sketchbooks came to light in the John Innes Centre archives. Normally, when a selection of books come to the collection, the archivists at least know who gave the books, where the books came from, when the books came and why they ended up in the collection. However, the archivists at the John Innes Centre Historical Collections team knew none of that. So, Madeline Ridout was given the task of deciphering this mystery, with nothing to work with except her name: Else Schulz.
What is plant transformation?
You may have heard plant scientists saying they used “plant transformation” to express a gene within a target plant. But what exactly does this mean?
The story of the Open Day
In 1967 the John Innes Institute, as it was then known upped sticks and moved from Bayfordbury in Hertfordshire to Norwich. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of this move, we recently flung open our doors and invited everyone to come and look around, meet the scientists, and get hands on with our science.