At the John Innes Centre we have a range of technology platforms and facilities to support researchers across all disciplines.

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

Germplasm Resources Unit

Germplasm Resources Unit The Germplasm Resources Unit is a national capability supported by the BBSRC for the curation, promotion and dissemination of germplasm.

The unit serves academic, industrial and non-industrial groups both within the UK and internationally.


BioImaging Our Bioimaging facility provides state-of-the-art imaging facilities, including both light and electron microscopes, to all Norwich Research Park staff and external customers, both academic and industrial.

Use of the equipment is on two main levels: full service (we do it all for you) with the emphasis on collaborative projects, or you can use it yourself once fully trained, with our ongoing technical support. 

Crop Transformation

BRACT Our Crop Transformation facility provides access to simple and efficient transformation protocols, crop designed constructs and a full range of transformation services. The facility now operates on a  'not-for-profit', cost recovery basis and supports researchers worldwide. 

It is part of a research community resource providing access to transformation protocols, constructs and services for Wheat, Barley, Brassica olerace and B. napus.


Entomology, ants Our Entomology Facility is a Platform Technology service that provides the biological components for many science projects and a a resource for invertebrate-related studies, housing controlled environments for maintaining DEFRA-licensed, quarantined invertebrates.

Native and quarantined exotic invertebrates are maintained within a purpose-built insectary.

Field Experimentation

Field Trials The Field Experimentation team provides a bespoke service for field genetics and seed multiplication, growing a range of crop and non-crop species.

Cultivation and agronomy are tailored to the diverse plant materials used for genetic dissection, which require complex management. This provides excellent support for innovative phenotyping processes and new technologies in an agricultural environment.

Glasshouses and Controlled Environment Rooms

Controlled environment rooms and glasshouses allow 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 to fully heated houses with lights, thermal screens and automatic irrigations.

Molecular Analysis

Metabolics, woman in lab The Molecular Analyss facility exists primarily to support studies of plant and microbial metabolism across Norwich Research Park, but we welcome queries from further afield.

We collaborate with a range of Norwich Research Park groups to carry out metabolomic studies and small molecule analysis.

We also help those who prefer to carry out their own work, by providing access to instruments and training in their use. We also provide advice on metabolomic techniques, and training in basic data interpretation.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

NMR, Man in lab The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy and imaging facility enables structural and dynamic studies on substances ranging from small molecule pharmaceuticals and polymers to complex biomolecules, solids and colloids.

The facility provides unique opportunities to study molecules, their assemblies, colloids, soft solids and functional materials over different length and time scales as well as physical states.

The facility includes a range of state-of-the-art NMR spectrometers capable of elucidating a variety of compounds and materials in solution, gels, colloidal systems and in the solid state.

Protein X-Ray 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.

The PX platform provides facilities for growing protein crystals and collecting preliminary X-ray data in-house.

We also coordinate Norwch Research Park access to high intensity X-rays at the Diamond Light Source (Oxfordshire).


Proteomics graph The John Innes Centre Proteomics Facility provides services in the area of proteomics using mass spectrometry to Norwich Research Park.

Service to external institutions is possible and can be discussed with the Facility Manager.

The Facility is equipped with a number of state-of-the-art programmes for data processing, protein identification by database search, and quantification, so that optimal applications are available for different needs of sample analysis.

Reverse Genetics

RevGenUK is a TILLING service offered by the John Innes Centre to the plant science research community. We find mutations in your favourite gene

Our comprehensive service includes target selection and gene-specific primer design, TILLING by capillary sequencing and provision of seeds from selected mutants. We can obtain rice mutants for you via collaborators in China and wheat via collaborators at the John Innes Centre.

An in silico Brassica rapa mutation-finding resource from targeted re-sequencing of ca. 1000 lines is also available.

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 Photography

Photographic services, photography studio The scientific photography service supports plant and microbial science at the Norwich Research Park.

We have a dedicated studio and location photographic service to support research through the recording of results and provide images used by scientists in their research and in scientific papers and lectures.

We also offer other studio-based photography is undertaken and enquiries are welcome.

Surface Plasmon Resonance

Surface Plasmon Resonance is a versatile, label-free system for detailed studies of biomolecular interactions in real time.

The Surface Plasmon Resonance platform at the John Innes Centre uses a Biacore T200 instrument (GE Healthcare), which can be used to analyse the specificity, affinity and kinetics of biomolecular interactions.

Library & Archives

Library and archives visit The John Innes Historical Collections preserve and display historically significant material from the history of the study of genetics, plant science and microbiology.

Housed in purpose-built, environmentally-controlled rooms, the John Innes Historical Collections include the History of Genetics Library, the John Innes Archives, the John Innes Foundation Collection of Rare Botanical Books, and more.

Conference Centre

JIC Conference logo The John Innes Conference Centre is the central hub for events at the John Innes Centre and a premier conference facility for Norfolk.

The Conference Centre 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.

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