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2011-12-15 12:46:49

Scientists are about to make publicly available all the data they have so far on the genetic blueprint of medicinal plants and what beneficial properties are encoded by the genes identified Scientists are about to make publicly available all the data they have so far on the genetic blueprint of medicinal plants and what beneficial properties are encoded by the genes identified. The resources, to be released on Thursday, follow a $6 million initiative to study how plant genes contribute...

Heart Healthy Broccoli Developed In UK
2011-10-26 10:23:17

Shoppers looking for heart-healthy vegetables are now able to choose a new variety of broccoli with increased levels of a key phytonutrient. The new broccoli, which will be known as Beneforté, was developed from publicly-funded research at two of the UK´s world-leading biological research institutes, the Institute of Food Research (IFR) and the John Innes Centre. Scientists at the two institutes are working to develop our understanding of what it is about broccoli that...

2011-09-08 20:47:42

How plants space out the pores through which they breathe The way in which plants space out the pores through which they breathe depends on keeping a protein active during stem cell growth, according to John Innes Centre scientists. Plant pores, called stomata, are essential for life. When they evolved about 400 million years ago, they helped plants conquer the land. Plants absorb carbon dioxide through stomata and release oxygen and water vapour as part of the Earth's carbon and water...

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2010-10-12 09:40:00

Gardeners could help out the declining worldwide bee population by planting flowers that are red or have stripes along the veins, UK researchers announced on Monday. Experts from the John Innes Centre (JIC), an institute of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), studied the foraging patterns of bumblebees on a field of snapdragon plants located near the British city of Norwich. By comparing the number of visits the insects made to each plant, they were able to...

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2009-08-13 13:15:00

Medicago, JIC (John Innes Centre) and PBL (Plant Bioscience Limited) announced today that Medicago's outstanding achievement in producing the H1 VLP antigen in only 14 days, as revealed in the Canadian company's press release on 30th June 2009, was achieved using among other technologies, a technology invented by JIC researchers and which is licensed by PBL to MedicagoThe CPMV-HT (Cowpea Mosaic Virus-HyperTranslatable) expression system was developed by Prof George Lomonossoff and Dr Frank...

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2008-10-30 10:15:00

Chemistry researchers at The University of Warwick and the John Innes Centre, have found a novel signalling molecule that could be a key that will open up hundreds of new antibiotics unlocking them from the DNA of the Streptomyces family of bacteria. With bacterial resistance growing researchers are keen to uncover as many new antibiotics as possible. Some of the Streptomyces bacteria are already used industrially to produce current antibiotics and researchers have developed approaches to...

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2008-10-26 15:35:00

Scientists have expressed genes from snapdragon in tomatoes to grow purple tomatoes high in health-protecting anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are naturally occurring pigments found at particularly high levels in berries such as blackberry, cranberry and chokeberry. Scientists are investigating ways to increase the levels of health-promoting compounds in more commonly eaten fruits and vegetables. "Most people do not eat 5 portions of fruits and vegetables a day, but they can get more benefit from...

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2008-02-28 13:10:00

Scientists at the John Innes Centre in Norwich have discovered how roots find their way past obstacles to grow through soil. The discovery, described in the forthcoming edition of Science, also explains how germinating seedlings penetrate the soil without pushing themselves out as they burrow."The key is in the fuzzy coat of hairs on the roots of plants" says Professor Liam Dolan. "We have identified a growth control mechanism that enables these hairs to find their way and to elongate when...

2005-08-17 13:55:00

The blossoms of cherry trees are celebrated in many places including the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, or Ueno Park in Tokyo, Japan, because they tell us that spring has finally arrived. As we all know, most plants make flowers only at certain times of the year, the spring blooms of cherry trees being but one example. Plants can use several cues from the environment to choose the season that is right for flowering. For example, some plants such as tulips will not flower unless...