JIC has a range of technology platforms and facilities to support researchers across all disciplines.

All facilities across the Norwich Research Park are also available to JIC researchers.



Germplasm Resources Unit


Germplasm Resources Unit

The Germplasm Resources Unit (GRU) is a specialist long term Seed Bank facility and is a national capability supported by the BBSRC . It actively engages with the wider biosciences community. Our role is the curation, characterisation and promotion of public seed resources of cultivated wheat, barley and oats, brassicas and legumes as well as crop wild relatives and specialist genetics stocks. The Unit is part of the international network of Seed Banks.






Optical and electron microscopy facilities at JIC; including confocals, super-resolution microscopy, TEM and SEM, along with some cryo-techniques.

We provide technical support, training, imaging and sample preparation services.

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Crop Transformation

The BRACT facility offers crop transformation resources in wheat, barley and Brassica species. Resources include constructs, a full crop transformation service, downstream analysis, training and opportunities for collaborative projects.



Entomology, ants



The Entomology Facility provides a resource for undertaking a diverse range of invertebrate-related studies. Controlled environments for maintaining DEFRA-licensed, quarantined invertebrates and native species are available for research.

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Field Trials


Field Trials

Field experimentation is carried out by the Field Trials team on land at the centre, and Church Farm, Bawburgh, supported by seed processing and storage at nearby New Found Farm.

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Glasshouses and CERs

The controlled environment rooms and glasshouses at JIC allow for precise control of plant environment; length of day, temperature, ventilation and thermal screens.

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Metabolics, woman in lab



We use chromatography and mass spectrometry to investigate and measure chemicals. These range from natural chemicals important in human health (antioxidants in plants, antibiotics from bacteria), through to novel synthetic products from chemists. We provide walk-in facilities to those able to carry out their own work, and support for non-experts. 

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NMR, Man in lab



The John Innes Centre Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility is available to all researchers. It houses a Bruker 400MHz NMR spectrometer, which is highly automated and easy to use, and particularly suitable for analysis of low molecular weight compounds.

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Protein Crystallography

We use X-ray crystallography to reveal the atomic details of biological systems. This provides deep insights into molecular interactions, gene regulation, enzyme mechanism, protein function and protein evolution. We provide facilities for trained users to perform their own work, but will also offer assistance and advice as necessary.

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Proteomics graph



The JIC Proteomics Facility provides service in the area of proteomics to NRP. The facility is equipped with four state-of-the-art mass spectrometers (including peripheral instruments and software) covering a wide range of proteomics applications.

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Reverse Genetics

RevGenUK is a BBSRC-supported reverse genetics service offered to the scientific community on a cost-recovery basis. We offer TILLING in model legumes and Brassicas, and a number of other species including diploid oats and Capsella rubella. We provide technical support and advice to scientists setting up their own TILLING populations and there is always the opportunity for collaborative projects.



Scientific Databases


Scientific Databases 

The department of Computational and Systems Biology has collaborated with research groups to provide a number of databases for the global research community.

Scientific Databases




Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR)

The John Innes Centre Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) facility is available to all researchers.  The SPR platform at JIC uses a Biacore T200 instrument (GE Healthcare), which can be used to analyse the specificity, affinity and kinetics of biomolecular interactions in real time.

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Photographic services, photography studio


Photographic Services

Dedicated studio and location photographic service to support research through recording of results. Printing service also available on request.

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Library and archives visit


Library & Archives

A purpose built facility containing the Science Library and Historical Collections – including Rare Books room - owned by the John Innes Foundation



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Conference Centre

High specification conference facility, with 300 seat auditorium and selection of seminar rooms. Regularly hosts scientific conferences and seminars.

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