John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology which generates knowledge of plants and microbes through innovative research, trains scientists for the future, and applies knowledge to benefit agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and engage with policy makers and the public.

The John Innes Centre contributes over £170M annually to the UK economy, demonstrating the impact and relevance of its excellent scientific research, and validating the investment of public funding.

The JIC receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

The JIC leases the extensive land and buildings it uses from the John Innes Foundation, an independent charity (registered charity No. 313462) that was formed in 1910 following a bequest from Mr John Innes.

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Golden rice, texture like sun. International Rice Research Institute

Golden rice naysayers ignore the world’s need for nutrition

Recently Zac Goldsmith MP – a former editor of The Ecologist, no less – branded the views of Environment Secretary Owen Patterson as “grotesque” after the minister called anti-GM campaigners “wicked…
Ash dieback - wilting our leaves since September 2012. Gareth Fuller/PA

We must develop the genetic tools to fight ash dieback

Ashwellthorpe Lower Wood in Norfolk, England has been managed by coppicing, an ancient form of forestry, for more than a thousand years. It was recorded as coppiced woodland in the Domesday Book published…

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