Young Innovators’ Forum – Agri-Tech East

In days gone by scientists who studied crops in the lab may never have set foot on a farm and farmers may never have spoken to a crop scientist. Thankfully things have changed a lot since those days as the need for greater communication between the two is more widely acknowledged. That is where we…Read more Young Innovators’ Forum – Agri-Tech East

Why can’t we just talk about it?

Agri-Tech East's mission to get farmers and researchers communicating Getting two groups of diverse people talking is always difficult, even more so when they are both driven by different goals. Farmers and agriculturalists focus on innovative technology in order to achieve good harvests to try to maximise their returns. Plant scientists however want to understand…Read more Why can’t we just talk about it?

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Scientists in live public discussion today about what ‘natural’ really means

We've all seen it. Whether it's on labels in supermarkets or in adverts on our TVs, the word 'natural' is often used to sell products. Foods may be 'naturallly' farmed or contain only 'natural' colours and flavours. Or you may have used a 'natural' remedy to help you recover from an illness. But why do products sold in…Read more Scientists in live public discussion today about what ‘natural’ really means

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EU’s rules on genetically improved crops a ‘threat’ to developments in agriculture, say MPs

A report out today is calling for the equivalent of Nice – the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence – for developments in crop technologies. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee also says the government should encourage more public debate around developments in crop technologies It recommends forming a ‘citizens council’ for…Read more EU’s rules on genetically improved crops a ‘threat’ to developments in agriculture, say MPs

2015 International Year of Soils

2015: International Year of Soils

All our food comes from soil, either directly or indirectly. And there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye!  Did you know … There are more microorganisms in a teaspoon of soil than there are people on Earth! A quarter of all described living species are soil animals – mostly insects and arachnids. Soil…Read more 2015: International Year of Soils

A global approach to achieving food security

Last month, 13 developing countries received recognition from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for their progress towards eradicating hunger and improving food security. At the ceremony, the FAO’s director general, José Graziano da Silva, congratulated them for turning political commitment into actions and demonstrating the will to achieve and surpass the millennium development…Read more A global approach to achieving food security

Where does our food come from?

Last month I travelled across the county to Peterborough to help run the John Innes Centre stand at the East of England Agricultural Society’s Food and Farming day. Food and Farming day provides an opportunity for school children to understand agriculture and food production. Organisations were there from all parts of the agricultural industry, right…Read more Where does our food come from?

Out of the lab and into the field

During the summer months it’s quite common to find the labs in the Crop Genetics department at the John Innes Centre fairly empty. Although many of us might wish we were on sunny beaches enjoying the sun, the reality is that we’ll generally be found in the less tropical climate of East Anglia attending to…Read more Out of the lab and into the field

Genetically modified foods: would you eat a purple tomato?

In the past week there has been a lot of press coverage about genetically modified foods. The first of these was a proposal made by Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire to carry out field trials on plants engineered to produce the omega-3 oils that are usually found in fish. The second of these was a farm…Read more Genetically modified foods: would you eat a purple tomato?

John Innes: more than just a compost

When most people hear the name John Innes, the first thing that comes to mind is the compost. Though it’s nice to see some recognition in people’s faces when talking about where you work, over 500 people in 6 different departments can’t just be coming up with compost recipes. In fact, the John Innes Centre…Read more John Innes: more than just a compost