Professor Sophien Kamoun elected as EMBO member
Prof Sophien Kamoun has been elected as a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation. EMBO elects fewer than 100 members per year. The organisation’s membership now includes about 1,600 eminent scientists working across Europe.
Wheat Diseases Conference – 22nd May 2015
The Sainsbury Laboratory, the John Innes Centre and The Genome Analysis Centre are hosting a free Wheat Diseases conference on 22nd May 2015, at the John Innes Conference Centre
Jonathan Jones elected to US National Academy of Sciences
Professor Jonathan Jones, Group Leader at The Sainsbury Laboratory, has been elected as a foreign associate to the US National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his outstanding career researching plant-pathogen interactions.
Professor Cyril Zipfel receives Charles Albert Shull Award
Professor Cyril Zipfel has received the Charles Albert Shull award. This prestigious award acknowledges the scientific impact in plant sciences of a leading researcher under the age of 45 years of age.
GM potatoes: Food for thought
A blog post by Professor Jonathan Jones
Scientists transfer pathogen-sensing ‘antenna’ gene to wheat
A team of scientists from the John Innes Centre (JIC), the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) and The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) have successfully transferred a receptor that recognises bacteria from the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana - a dicot, to wheat – a monocot.
Parasite provides clues to evolution of plant diseases
A new study into the generalist parasite Albugo candida (A. candida), cause of white rust of brassicas, has revealed key insights into the evolution of plant diseases to aid agriculture and global food security.
Monocot immune receptor works in dicots too
Prof Cyril Zipfel and his team have discovered a new way to manipulate plant immunity, which could lead to the development of new, disease-resistant crop varieties.
New world-class scientific collaboration to combat devastating crop rusts
Seven scientific teams have joined forces in the fight against rust fungi which can cut crop yields by up to 80 percent. The newly formed Norwich Rust Group aims to develop durable resistance in crops.