At the John Innes Centre we have a range of technology platforms and state-of-the-art scientific facilities to support scientists across all disciplines.

Our on-site scientific technologies and facilities include including;

All the facilities across the Norwich Research Park are also available to John Innes Centre researchers.


Our scientific imaging facilities range from our on-site Scientific Photography studio, to Bioimaging which offers sample preparation and imaging services in both optical and electron microscopy and covers confocal microscopy, super-resolution techniques.


At the John Innes Centre we have a range of technologies to structually analyse molecules, genomes and commercially valuable compounds.

Our molecular analysis service provides analytical support for all John Innes Centre science that is concerned with the chemical make-up of plants and microbes; studying novel compounds, measuring amounts of important chemicals and studying the proteins that are the building-blocks of life.

We use X-ray crystallography to reveal the atomic details of biological systems, providing deep insights into molecular interactions, gene regulation, enzyme mechanism, protein function and protein evolution.

The protein crystallography platform provides facilities and expertise to help determine the 3D structure of proteins starting from a purified sample.

The Biophysical Analysis platform is used to study biomolecular interactions using the techniques of Surface Plasmon Resonance and Isothermal Titration Calorimetry

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy allows structural analysis of new compounds, metabolite identification, monitoring enzymatic reactions and understanding enzyme specificity and mode of action.

Finally, our Proteomics Facility provides services in the area of proteomics using mass spectrometry. The facility is equipped with four state-of-the-art mass spectrometers covering a wide range of applications. This allows for a broad range of methods including analysis of individual proteins (e.g. intact mass, sequencing, identification), the qualitative and quantitative analysis of complex protein samples (e.g. pull-downs, expression studies, modifications, isotope labelling), as well as mass spectrometry imaging and ion mobility.


We have a long history of providing efficient crop transformation resources to the research community, for wheat, barley and Brassica.

We are now able to provide targeted gene knockouts using RNA-guided Cas9 in addition to other transformation resources.

We also offer a bespoke Reverse Genetics service on our population of mutagenized model and crop species, in which we can investigate and pick the optimum region to TILL, design primers, carry out TILLING and return a list of mutations.

Field and horticultural

The Field Experimentation team provides a bespoke service for field genetics and seed multiplication, growing a range of crop and non-crop species and have access to three seperate land sites locally.

We also have 70 controlled environment rooms and glasshouses, allow complete control of all environmental parameters, such as light, temperature, humidity etc. allowing for precise control of plant environment; length of day, temperature, ventilation and thermal screens.

Glasshouses at the John Innes Centre range in sophistifcation from basic 'frost free' protection, all the way through to fully heated houses with lights, thermal screens and automatic irrigations.

Entomology and insectary

We are home to an entomology department, including a purpose-built contained quarentine insectary, low containment areas and bioassays.


Our on-site Germplasm Resources Unit, is a national capability supported by the BBSRC for the curation, promotion and dissemination of germplasm which serves academic, industrial and non-industrial groups both within the UK and internationally.

The Germplasm Resources Unit is one of a number of scientific databases we host.

We also manage three distinct historical collections: the archives of the John Innes Centre, the History of Genetics Library and the John Innes Foundation Rare Books collection, which are consulted by our scientists and external visitors by appointment.

Conference Centre

Our Conference Centre is the central hub for events at the John Innes Centre and a premier conference facility for Norfolk and includes a 320-seat Auditorium, four adaptable seminar rooms, a gallery and foyer, each with a full AV suite.

It regularly hosts academic lectures and seminars, scientific conferences and symposiums, and the John Innes Centre's Annual Science Meeting.

As well as serving as the John Innes Centre’s events hub, the John Innes Conference Centre is also available to hire by external clients across all industries.

Dedicated Conference Centre staff offer a flexible and adaptive environment for a range of events including, conferences, concerts, debates, exhibitions and more.

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