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Scientists at the John Innes Centre have taken another crucial step towards understanding how plants initiate flowering. This new development uncovers a previously unidentified step in the process of vernalisation, which links an important gene responsible for flowering time to the proteins that regulate it.


Six research projects looking to improve our understanding of the connection between diet and health have been awarded a share of £3M by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) in partnership with a consortium of 13 leading food and drink companies. The outcomes of the projects will help to inform the development of new products by the food and drink industry that address diet-related health issues in the longer term.


Today marks the launch of an assessment of evidence on the contribution of, and growth opportunities in, the bioeconomy in the United Kingdom. The bioeconomy includes all economic activity derived from bio-based products and processes such as the production of crops or the manufacture of the latest bio-based medical therapies.


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