Organogenesis and Plant Architecture

Lead Research Organisation: John Innes Centre
Department Name: Contracts Office

Abstract

Our research focusses on understanding how phenotypes are generated from genotypes by identifying key mechanisms controlling plant developmental processes contributing to yield, such as inflorescence architecture, the formation of reproductive organs, fruits and seeds. Computational modelling will be used to gain insight into mechanisms that can be used to modify key traits such as plant height, fertility and seed yield in crops. The outcomes of this research include the discovery of genes and regulatory networks underpinning yield traits such as fertility, harvest index, yield volatility, and crop performance in the field. These outcomes are directly relevant to the Designing Future Wheat BBSRC Strategic Programme and to coordinated programmes of Brassica crop improvement. Reflecting these links, four Project Leaders in the Designing Future Wheat BBSRC Strategic Programme have shared objectives in this programme realting to wheat inflorescence architecture, in seed size and yield.

Outcomes will directly support international programmes and UK commercial wheat improvement, through the IWYP (Uauy and Griffiths are partners) and the wheat breeding programmes of the Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT). Our contributions include understanding the genomic consequences of new hybrid and polyploid formation, identifying useful new genes for resilient yield and temperature adaptation and tolerance, and stacking these in useful allelic combinations, and by understanding and controlling recombination. These areas of work directly facilitate Official Development Assistance (ODA) objectives in food security and sustainable agriculture.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description 3.1
Our forward genetics screen has identified an amino acid transporter as a key regulator or inflorescence architecture in wheat, which also controls vasculature development and lignin deposition in the leaf. The outcome introduces amino acid transporters as a regulator of cereal inflorescence development. Gene expression analysis using RNA-seq has identified chromatin remodelling proteins and auxin signalling pathways to be deferentially expressed in lines that contain mutations in the amino acid transporter.

3.2
DELLA genes that have been used extensively to modify plant height and improve crop yield. We used quantitative imaging to study the role of these genes in the early stages of stem growth. In both the model plant, Arabidopsis, and in barley, we revealed an unanticipated role for DELLA genes in controlling the size of the shoot meristem (the proliferating apical region of the shoot), in a way that is genetically separable from their role in regulating plant height. These findings are important because meristem size influences flower number, which is a key factor in crop yield potential. Therefore, separating the effects of DELLA genes on stem growth and meristem size could unlock further yield increases in widely-used semi-dwarf varieties. Our results were published in Serrano-Mislata et al. 2017, Nature Plants, doi: 10.1038/s41477-017-0003-y.

3.3
We have extended our model of the root published in 2017 (PNAS, doi: 10.1073), and combined it with our previous model on auxin-cytokinin interactions published in PloS Computational Biology (doi: 10.1371), to now investigate how branching patterns are established. The model framework is ready, but still requires validation to then test a first set of hypothesis.

In a collaboration with Cambridge University, Giles Oldroyd, we pursued ideas on phytohormone interactions and cytokinin biosynthesis and signalling, which has helped us to discover how root branching processes- and nodulation - can be controlled. This has recently been submitted, March 2019.

4.1:
We have developed a new method for imaging plant structures in 3D, called MacroOPT

We have demonstrated that it is a tissue-wide polarity field that likely underlies the growth and shaping of leaves.

We have established a general model that integrates patterns of cell division with growth, showing how leaf shape, cell numbers and cell sizes arise in wild-type and mutant backgrounds.

4.2
Capsella rubella is being developed as a model system for comparative studies of fruit shape in the Brassicaceae. Arabidopsis and Capsella mutants and auxin reporter lines have been analysed revealing that diverse molecular and genetic pathways have evolved to modulate fruit shape.

4.3
We have combined theory and tracking of plant leaves, proposing a new paradigm for cell division behaviour in the epidermis: cell division control also takes neighbourhood relations into account.

We have shown that in polarised tissues, optimal nutrient transport requires fast regulation of transporters to avoid internal instabilities within the root tissue. Automated cell shape phenotyping and modelling have revealed that interacting cells within a tissue context display spread in shape complexity as compared to the specified shape of individual cells, due to cell-cell interactions.

We have successfully extended for small tissue sections the Cellular Potts Model to a Finite Element Model framework. This constitutes the first major challenge to enable us to study regulation of growth on the level of morphogens and cellular topology.

4.4
The arp6 mutant has been crossed into the CreLox heat-shock inducible Brother Of Brainbow (BOB) system and homozygous lines will be identified.

5.1
We have shown that genetic variation in UPL3 expression in B. napus is associated with seed size and lipid composition. Reduced expression increases seed size and lipid content. The mechanism involves ubiquitylation of the transcription factor LEC2 by the HECT E3 ubiquitin ligase activity of UPL3. Reduced UPL3 expression increases the longevity of LEC2 during seed maturation, which increases seed lipid biosynthesis gene expression. Currently we are exploring whether UPL3 also ubiquitylates the related transcription factor ABI3 in Arabidopsis and soybean. This forms a collaboration with Corteva on the role of UPL3 in increasing seed size and limit content in soybean, the major global oilseed crop.

5.2
We identified 12 orthologs of DA1 and DAR1 in hexaploid wheat on groups 2, 4 and 5 chromosomes. Group 4 DA1 have been duplicated, and 5A is a likely pseudogene. Putative loss-of-function mutants in tetraploid Kronos and hexaploid Cadenza have been identified. CRISPR mutants of each of the group 2,4 and 5 genes are being generated. Group 2 and 5 DA1 proteins have been expressed in N. benth and shown to be ubiquitylated by both Arabidopsis BB and wheat GW2A, an ortholog of BB. This shows conservation of mechanism of DA1 activation in wheat and indicates that the large grain size of GW2A mutants and mutant combinations is likely due to DA1-BB type mechanisms influencing pericarp cell proliferation. Large grain sizes could be achieved by combining DA1 and GW2A loss-of-function mutants.

We have identified a series of differentially expressed genes in near isogenic lines differing for grain size in wheat (Brinton et al 2017 New Phytologist, Brinton et al 2018; BMC Plant Biology). We have now identified a strong candidate gene for this phenotype which we are currently testing using Cas9-mediated gene editing and EMS mutants. We are working with industry (Limagrain and RAGT) to understand the frequency of the mutant allele in UK germplasm and its impact on yield under UK environment.

We have generated triple GW2 mutants which show an additive dosage effect on grain size with triple mutants having on average 21% heavier grains than wild type plants with three functional homoeologs. The three mutant alleles alongside the corresponding KASP marker are currently being used by DFW partners breeders (RAGT, KWS, Limagrain, BASF, Syngenta). Near isogenic lines of the A genome mutant have also been grown as part of the Breeder's Toolkit.

5.3
We have used natural variation outside of UK breeding programmes to clone a gene from wild tetraploid wheat that leads to 30% longer floral organs and a 6% increase in grain weight compared to wildtype sibling lines. We have combined the mutant allele (grain length) and GW2 single mutants (carpel width) and found significant yield effects in the field. These lines are now being proposed to be included in the DFW Breeder's Toolkit.

We generated a comprehensive, genome-wide analysis of homoeolog expression patterns in hexaploid bread wheat (Ramirez-Gonzalez et al 2018 Science). This study provides insight into the fundamental biology of wheat as a recent polyploid and elucidates co-expression networks and gene expression atlases that will accelerate gene discovery. The extensive datasets and analyses provide a framework to help researchers and breeders develop strategies to improve crops by manipulating individual or multiple homoeologs to modulate trait responses (Uauy).

5.4
Seed size and vigour - To analyse the effects on field pests when looking at establishment and vigour we have developed systems for phenotyping Brassica seedlings for feeding preference for slug and cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) within controlled environments. Screening of the Brassica napus diversity fixed foundation set has identified variation in both slug and CSFB feeding preference. Associative transcriptomic analysis has identified candidate gene loci associated with these traits. Slug feeding preference showed strong correlation to seed glucosinolate levels.
Exploitation Route MacroOPT will allow researchers to follow the growth and shape of plants in 3D and the insects that interact with them. UPL3 technology for seed size and lipid increases has been patented and licensed for assessment. Discussions are in progress.

DA1 technology has been licensed and set up, and a successful demonstration of utility in wheat would expand the potential for industrial application.

We are taking several of our discoveries forward through the DFW Breeder's Toolkit. We are also working with breeders to ensure that our results get deployed as quickly within commercial breeding programmes. This is the case for the grain size genes mentioned above.

We expanded our expression browser (www.wheat-expression.com) to include over 1000 RNA-Seq samples. We also implemented a graphical electronic fluorescent pictographs interface in collaboration with the University of Toronto (http://bar.utoronto.ca/efp_wheat/cgi-bin/efpWeb.cgi) to assist users in mining of this data.
We are actively working with wheat breeding companies to use the information about amino acid transporters and VRN1 to determine how grain production and thermal responsiveness of wheat could be optimised. The results of the amino acid transporter will also be communicated to breeders of other cereals, and we are working to transfer outcomes to barley to enhance the impact of this result to other crops.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

URL https://wikis.nbi.ac.uk/InnerWorlds/index.php/Inner_World_of_Plants_and_their_Guests#.WpBQz6jFLZR
 
Description We are projecting our technological capabilities and biological knowledge into commercial and public good crop improvement programmes. Both UPL3 and DA1 technologies have been patented and licensed for application. It will be some time before we know that the technologies are successful in the field and enter crop production pipelines. Initial studies on pest interaction on B. napus have led to increased industry interest from the breeding to farming sector. Industry interest has resulted in an iCASE PhD studentship on CSFB in collaboration with Limagrain/Biogemma. A further PhD study is already in place funded by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). We have met with UK and European breeders, including RAGT, Limagrain, Bayer, Syngenta, Florimond Desprez, Clover Seeds and CN Seeds, individually 15 times since the start of the project to discuss advances in our research and develop joint projects relating to our work on grain size. We have also met with 60 representatives from industry over two days during the JIC's first 'Science Innovation Showcase', with the aim of establishing new projects. Further collaborative discussions with industrial and commercial stakeholders have occurred during events and meetings (Breeder's Day 2017/2018, Morley Innovation Day (Wells), WheatCAP Symposium (Boden), Grand Challenges Research Fund exhibition at CHOG event (Irwin), Innovate UK event (Irwin), The Royal Norfolk Show 2018 (Kumar), Agricultural Industries Confederation (Uauy), Oxford Farming Conference (Wells), BBSRC Campden BRI Science Innovation Showcase (Ostergaard), Hutchinson's Winter Agronomy Conference (Wells), BRAVO annual stakeholder meeting (Ostergaard, Wells, Penfield), Elsom's Veg Open Day (Wells), Brassica 2018 (Irwin), Cereals 2018 (Ostergaard), KWS Wheat network discussions event (Uauy), BCPC Pests and Beneficial's conference and the Association of Independent Crop Consultants (AICC) (Wells)). The last two meetings give access to a large range of industry stakeholders with which the level of interaction is usually quite limited. Wells has been appointed to BCPC Pest and Beneficial's Working group. Our discussions with industrial and commercial stakeholders have led to five new collaborative projects (AHDB, SCU: CSIRO, Corteva, Syngenta, Limagrain and Biogemma). It is too early for most outputs from these new projects but to date the collaboration with SCU: CSIRO has led to exchange of germplasm, exchange of information and a workshop aimed to identify common project ideas. Further outputs include funding from the Australian Government to continue the work. Outputs from the collaboration with Syngenta include sharing of germplasm for their breeding programmes. Our research findings have fed directly into training for industry and academics through organising and/or participating in workshops including the 'JIC-CAAS Oilseed Rape', 'FSOV-Paris', Flower Development-Italy' (Ostergaard, Uauy). We have given many invited talks at national and international research institutes and universities, transferring our knowledge and stimulating collaboration. These activities have led to the formation of four new collaborative projects (IPK - Gatersleben, University of Saskatchewan, University of Grenoble and Utrecht University). Again, it is early days for outputs but currently these include the development of tools for recombinant production of TPL protein, the contribution of genetic resources and gene expression data from Utrecht University and a PhD student (Savani Silva) visiting the Sablowski lab to perform imaging and image analysis to complete a manuscript that is currently in preparation. We have communicated our findings through national and international articles (for example: Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor, PVR org's Plant Breeding Matters, Farming Press, Horticultural Press (Coen, Wells, Irwin)) and 9 press releases including: "Temperature resilient crops now an 'achievable dream'" (Kumar, Ostergaard), "Farmers guardian - slugs" (Wells) and "Leaves possess a molecular compass (Coen)". These have led to further coverage in the BBC News, Crop Production Magazine, Farmers Weekly, Syngenta Canadas website, svt Nyheter, The New York Times, Atlas Obscura, Science Daily, Science, The Guardian and The Economist. GEN scientists contribute to debate and decision making and provide scientific evidence to legislators, in areas of regulation that have an influence on the long-term direction of our work. We have discussed new technologies with the Prime Agricultural LLP visit, Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development, Rachel Lambert, Senior Livelihoods Adviser, Agriculture Research DFID, MP Norman Lamb and the Government Office of Science. We have also presented our findings to policy makers at events and meetings (BCPC Pests and Beneficials review 2019 BBSRC Food Priming Partnership Workshop, DBT-BBSRC Smart Agriculture Conclave (Uauy, Wells). We have fed our findings and expertise into policy and decision making through membership of expert panels and formal working groups (All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology (Ostergaard). We are building on the dialogue with the general public's uncertainties and misapprehensions about the predicted impacts of new technologies in crop improvement. We have communicated new research findings to a wide audience through different platforms including Radio (Radio Cardiff, BBC Radio 4 Gardener's Question Time, BBC World, BBC Norfolk, Radio Extramadura (Ostergaard , Boden, Uauy, Grieneisen)), articles in magazines, newsletters and online publications (BBC news, Newsweek, Daily Mail online, Wired Magazine, Eastern Daily Press, Science (Ostergaard, Uauy, Coen)), YouTube videos ('Evolutionary Genetics of Snapdragons', 'The relationship between growth and division in plants', 'How plants plan for all seasons' (Coen, Dean)), talks to the general public (Pint of Science, Norwich Science Festival 2017, Science Café, Haldane public lecture, 'Chemistry and Innovation Day' (Coen, Boden, Wells, Bevan)), podcasts ('Wheat Genome', Interviews with Garnet (Uauy, Ostergaard, Grieneisen, Sablowski)), interactive outreach activities (NSF 2018, Soapbox Science (Coen, Dean)) and participation in Open Days (Elsoms Veg Open Day, JIC Open Day 2017 (Wells et al.)). Our findings and expertise have fed directly into training the next generation of scientists, from providing lectures for MSc courses ('Hybrids and Heterosis', 'Brassica Genetics' and 'Brassica Genomics' and 'Flowering and Vernalization' (Dean, Wells)) and providing DTP courses on Computational and Systems Biology (Maree), to giving inspiring talks and demonstrations about our research to school students (STEMM Inspiring Females Event, Youth STEMM Award mid-term conferences 2017/18, Year Ten Science Camp 2017/2018, JIC International Summer School 2017/2018 and 'Women of the Future' 2017/2018 (Irwin, Dean, Coen).
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description Bioinformatics Community of Practice (Eight-month training at BecA)
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Bioinformatics Community of Practice (Eight-month training at BecA)
URL https://acaciaafrica.org/bioinformatics-community-practice/
 
Description Bioinformatics Training Workshop pre-Monogram
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Bioinformatics Traning Workshop pre-Monogram
 
Description Bioinformatics for Plant Biology Course 2018
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Bioinformatics for Plant Biology Course 2018
 
Description Invited participant to discuss UK participation on the EMPHASIS initiative to coordinate phonemics platforms across Europe
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description PhD lecture on Wheat genomics to Catholic University in Chile
Geographic Reach South America 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact PhD lecture on Wheat genomics
 
Description Three modules in Cambridge Plant Science undergraduate course
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Three modules in Cambridge Plant Science undergraduate course
 
Description UK Global Food Security Science Advisory Board
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/
 
Description Undergraduate course UEA MSc
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Undergraduate course UEA MSc
 
Description Workshop on Soft Skills, BGRI Meeting
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Workshop on Soft Skills, BGRI Meeting
 
Description EMBO Practical Courses and Workshops
Amount € 33,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Molecular Biology Organisation 
Sector Learned Society
Country European Union (EU)
Start 07/2017 
End 07/2017
 
Description EMBO Young Investigator
Amount € 15,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Molecular Biology Organisation 
Sector Learned Society
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2022
 
Description International Wheat Yield Partnership
Amount £1,500,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2018 
End 05/2021
 
Description Royal Society Research Fellows Enhancement Award
Amount £53,100 (GBP)
Funding ID RGF\EA\180303 
Organisation John Innes Centre 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2017 
End 11/2020
 
Description Seeding Catalyst Award
Amount £34,814 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/SCA/JIC/17 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 02/2018
 
Description Strategic Training Award for Research Skills
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2018 
End 02/2020
 
Description Transforming Food Production Seeding Award
Amount £22,050 (GBP)
Organisation John Innes Centre 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 02/2019
 
Title Cell Shape Analysis Code 
Description Computer code for quantifying cell shape properties from cell outlines. 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Can be used to efficiently phenotype pavement cells of leaves. 
 
Title Cell Shape Analysis Code 
Description We have made available the mathematical methodology and code to analysis complex cell shapes. This accompanies the paper in which we explain and show case the method. 
Type Of Material Physiological assessment or outcome measure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Can be used for plant cells, but also for animal cells. Also, can be extended for organelles or even 2D shapes of organisms. 
 
Title Cell Shape Analysis Method and Code 
Description Model for assessing impact of tissue on individual cell polarity and shape. Code (LOCO-EFA), allows cell outlines to be quantified, and statistically compared. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Can be used to efficiently phenotype pavement cells of leaves. 
 
Title PolyMarker 
Description Update on Primer design for polyploid species 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact New biology 
URL http://bar.utoronto.ca/efp_wheat/cgi-bin/efpWeb.cgi
 
Title Wheat Expression 
Description The majority of RNA-seq expression studies in plants remain underutilised and inaccessible due to the use of disparate transcriptome references and the lack of skills and resources to analyse and visualise this data. We have developed expVIP, an expression Visualisation and Integration Platform, which allows easy analysis of RNA-seq data combined with an intuitive and interactive interface. Users can analyse public and user-specified datasets with minimal bioinformatics knowledge using the expVIP virtual machine. This generates a custom web browser to visualise, sort and filter the RNA-seq data and provides outputs for differential gene expression analysis. We demonstrate expVIP's suitability for polyploid crops and evaluate its performance across a range of biologically-relevant scenarios. To exemplify its use in crop research we developed a flexible wheat expression browser (www.wheat-expression.com) which can be expanded with user-generated data in a local virtual machine environment. The open-access expVIP platform will facilitate the analysis of gene expression data from a wide variety of species by enabling the easy integration, visualisation and comparison of RNA-seq data across experiments. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This database provides open access to over 400 RNAseq studies in wheat and the underlying algorithms are all available to adapt to any species with a reference genome. Over 11,000 sessions from >5,000 and >50,000 pageviews 
URL http://www.wheat-expression.com
 
Title Wheat TILLING in EnsemblPlants 
Description Update of sequenced mutants and coordination with ensemblPlants 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact over 7000 mutants distributed from over 300 orders 
URL http://plants.ensembl.org/Triticum_aestivum/Info/Index
 
Title Wheat Training 
Description This website provides background information and practical resources to help both budding wheat scientists as well as researchers looking to expand their work into wheat. There is a need to improve crops to feed the world's growing population with the backdrop of climate change. Translation of fundamental plant biology research (e.g. from Arabidopsis thaliana) into crops such as wheat provides a potential route to deal with this challenge. However learning even simple tasks such as growing and crossing wheat plants requires time and effort, while material and methods sections in published articles are often short and cannot substitute teaching aids. This is also true for more complex topics such as the genomics aspect of wheat. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact >4,500 sessions from >2,700 users 
URL http://www.wheat-training.com/
 
Title Wheat Training 
Description Wheat Training website to help new researchers engage with wheat 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact http://www.wheat-training.com/ 
URL http://www.wheat-training.com/
 
Title eFP expression browser 
Description Expression browser for wheat data 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact New biology 
URL http://bar.utoronto.ca/efp_wheat/cgi-bin/efpWeb.cgi
 
Description 10 Pangenome Project 
Organisation University of Saskatchewan
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration for 10 pangenome project
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration for 10 pangenome project
Impact Sequencing of 10 wheat varieties
Start Year 2017
 
Description A meeting between CIMMYT and DFW funded by BMGF to discuss collaboration projects 
Organisation International Centre for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT)
Country Mexico 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution I organised a meeting funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation brought together members of the BBSRC's coordinated wheat programme (Designing Future Wheat) with members of CIMMYT (who breed wheat for the resource poor in the developing world), discuss potential opportunities for interaction. These opportunities are taken forward by writing proposals for Newton , GCRF or IWYP funding calls
Collaborator Contribution See above
Impact This interaction is still ongoing between members of BBSRC's coordinated wheat programme (Designing Future Wheat) and researchers within CIMMYT with proposals being written for IWYP and Newton calls
Start Year 2018
 
Description Bayer 
Organisation Bayer
Department Bayer CropScience Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Wheat genetics and genomics
Collaborator Contribution Wheat breeding and molecular knowledge
Impact joint projects
Start Year 2012
 
Description Biochemical and structural characterisation of ETT-mediated auxin signalling 
Organisation University of Grenoble
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Development of tools for recombinant production of ETTIN protein.
Collaborator Contribution Development of tools for recombinant production of TPL protein and providing expertise in biochemical and structural characterisation of protein-protein-ligand interactions..
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Corteva on soybean seed size 
Organisation Corteva Agriscience
PI Contribution We showed that loss-of-function mutations in the HECT E3 ligase UPL3 leads to substantially increased seed size and lipid yields in Arabidopsis and oilseed rape. The aim of the collaboration with Corteva is to see i UPL3 has the same phenotype in soybean and to explore the mechanisms involved
Collaborator Contribution Cash and clones
Impact none yet
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with KWS 
Organisation KWS UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution I interact with plant breeders and pre-breeding researchers at KWS-UK to investigate inflorescence architecture and development traits in bread wheat
Collaborator Contribution Allow me to phenotype their populations, perform genotype analysis and they share germplasm resources.
Impact Molecular markers for use in breeding programs and genetic knowledge to help optimize inflorescence development traits in bread wheat.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Collaboration with Utrecht University 
Organisation Utrecht University
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration with Dr. Marcel Proveniers from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, on the role of the ATH1 gene in controlling stem initiation. We have contributed ChIP-seq data, imges and image analysis.
Collaborator Contribution The Dutch group has contributed genetic resources and gene expression data, and a PhD student (Savani Silva) has visited my lab to perform imaging and image analysis to complete a manuscript currently in preparation.
Impact Manuscript currently in preparation.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with VIB Gent on organ size control in Arabidopsis 
Organisation Flemish Institute for Biotechnology
Country Belgium 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution WE work with VIB Gent on understanding mechanisms of growth control in Arabidopsis. We are the lead organisation in this collaboration, and the collaboration involves the exchange of genetic material and data so we can work together on joint publications. So far the collaboration has been productive with one joint paper, and another paper is in production
Collaborator Contribution VIB provides genetic material for testing. WE exchange different transgenic lines and mutations in order to make more rapid progress and expand the scope of our work
Impact publication: Dong H., Dumenil J., Lu F. H., Na L., Vanhaeren H., Naumann C., Klecker M., Prior R., Smith C., McKenzie N., Saalbach G., Chen L., Xia T., Gonzalez N., Seguela M., Inze D., Dissmeyer N., Li Y., Bevan M. W.(2017) Ubiquitylation activates a peptidase that promotes cleavage and destabilization of its activating E3 ligases and diverse growth regulatory proteins to limit cell proliferation in Arabidopsis. Genes & Development 31 197-208
Start Year 2016
 
Description Collaboration with the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology of IPK, Gatersleben. 
Organisation IPK Gatersleben
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Grieneisen Lab is setting up large-scale metameric models to investigate Root Architecture.
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Ricardo Giehl from IPK is setting up heterogeneous nutrient conditions in soil. Auxin and cytokinin signalling is being investigated.
Impact Multi-disciplinary partnership, including Bioinformatics (IPK), Plant Physiology (IPK) and Computational Modelling (Grieneisen Lab, JIC).
Start Year 2018
 
Description Discussions with Pioneer HiBred on application of UPL3 technology to soybean improvement 
Organisation DuPont
Department DuPont Pioneer
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We patented UPL3 technology for increasing seed size and this technology has been licensed to Corteva for application in soybean. Corteva have funded a 2 year project in the Bevan group that is determining if soybean UPL3 ubiquitylates soybean LEC2, and if there are other transcription factors such as ABI3 that may also be substrates. There is a question over the possible role of LEC2 in soybean seed maturation transcription networks, and we will assess the potential of soybean LEC2 to activate transcription of lipid biosynthetic genes
Collaborator Contribution Cash payments to support research plus DNA clones of LEC2 and ABI3.
Impact The research may lead to improved crop yields by increasing the duration of soybean seed maturation.
Start Year 2018
 
Description KWS 
Organisation KWS UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Genetics and genomics
Collaborator Contribution Breeder know how and germplasm
Impact joint projects
Start Year 2009
 
Description Limagrain 
Organisation Limagrain
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Genetics and genomics
Collaborator Contribution Germplasm and breeder know-how
Impact Phd Studentship, field trails, among others
Start Year 2009
 
Description NIAB 
Organisation National Institute of Agronomy and Botany (NIAB)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Collaborate with James Cockram, Greg Mellers and Beatrice Corsi to identify genetic regions that regulate inflorescence architecture in bread wheat using the NIAB UK winter wheat MAGIC population
Collaborator Contribution Provide access to their MAGIC population field trials and perform QTL analysis.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description Nutrient uptake and transport in roots: a case study on Boron 
Organisation University of Tokyo
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have developed predictive computational models of nutrient patterning in Arabidopsis roots. We have performed mathematical analysis on transport regulation in polarized tissues. We have discussed and helped design new experiments regarding Boron sensors and measurments. Developed software to use with LA-ICP-MS to enable cellular resolution elemental measurements. We have gained insights on the constraints that polarized tissues face to avoid instabilities in substrate concentrations.
Collaborator Contribution Performed experimental measurments to confirm modelling predictions. Constructing lines to enable in vivo spatio-temporal tracking of Boron dynamics and Boron transporter dynamics. PhD students have spent many months at our Lab to perform simulations; multiple experamentalists working on developing model-driven predictions. Tokyo University has invited myself and Stan Maree for visits in Japan.
Impact Collaboration is multidisciplinary, as a combination of mathamatical modelling and computational modelling is used together with molecular genetics and plant physiological studies. This collaboration has fostered a master thesis a completed PhD thesis. We have a publication already, and are working on future submissions.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Punjab Agricultural University 
Organisation Punjab Aricultural University
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Know how on wheat genomics and genetics, training.
Collaborator Contribution Gernplasm, local knowledge
Impact Have helped partners implement marker technology.
Start Year 2011
 
Description RAGT 
Organisation RAGT Seeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Genetics and genomics
Collaborator Contribution Wheat germplasm and know how
Impact Shared projects
Start Year 2009
 
Description Syngenta 
Organisation Syngenta International AG
Country Global 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Have shared germplasm for use in their breeding programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Have taken up JIC IP to use in their breeding operations.
Impact This has just started.
Start Year 2017
 
Title Expression Browser in wheat 
Description Expression browser for wheat gene expression data 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2018 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact New biology 
URL http://www.wheat-expression.com/
 
Title Image analysis software - new functions 
Description Analysing quantitatively the growth and division of cells in three dimensions is a significant challenge. We developed a package of Python scripts and Fiji macros to landmark, segment, locate, track and measure the orientation of cell growth and division in plant tissues in 3D. We have added additional functions to teh package, which allow better segmentation, automatic detection of recent cell divisions and their orientation, and analysis of genetically marked sectors in 3D. The package with instructions and annotated source code is available as Supplemental Software in a paper by Serrano-Mislata et al., 2017. (https://doi.org/10.6084/ m9.figshare.4675801.v1) 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact The software and associated mages had been viewed 117 times and downloaded 36 times by February 2018. 
 
Title Random Impact Machine V2 
Description New version of the Random Impact Machine for pod shatter testing produced complete with upgraded software for the analysis of the results. Software is freely available on GitHub and currently submitted for publication. 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Machine and software have been sold commercially as a packet. The systems is currently being investigated by the AHDB as a criteria for the variety National List testing system. 
 
Description 8-week Undergraduate Summer School 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact During 8 weeks of the summer of 2018 15 undergraduates participated in the John Innes Centre International Summer School, which provides invaluable insight and experience of research to undergraduates about to enter their final year of studies. Each student spends 8 weeks in a lab at either the Sainsbury Laboratory, the Earlham Institute or the John Innes Centre, all located on the Norwich Research Park working on a project that they have selected. Enrico Coen is a key player in the organisation and running of the summer school. Other scientists in GEN were also involved in the training and speaking to the students during their stay.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/blog/2018-undergraduate-summer-school/
 
Description ABC (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Descifrado el genoma del trigo, el cereal más cultivado del planeta
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://abci-descifrado-genoma-trigo-cereal-mas-cultivado-planeta-201808162031_noticia.html
 
Description Agricultural Industries Confederation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Agribusiness Meeting: A step change in plant breeding to achieve a UK competitive advantage
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Article STEMM Champion: Sam Fox 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor article about Sam Fox (Coen Lab) as a STEMM Champion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.techcorridor.co.uk/articles/tech-corridor-women-in-steam-the-scientists/
 
Description Article for farming press 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Brief article written for BSPB Plant Breedig Matter magazine on hybrid breeding and farm saved seed. This will have reached a raming audience explaining variety production, the plant breeding process and breeding for important traits
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.bspb.co.uk/BSPB_Plant_Breeding_Matters_Spring_2018.pdf
 
Description Association of independent crop consultants (AICC) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation at the Association of Independent Crop Consultants Conference 2019 followed by panel discussion session on the role of research and plant breeding in pest resistance. Excellent networking made with a different stakeholder group gaining better interactions in this area. Networking with the AICC resulted in their attendance of the BRAVO stakeholders meeting and requested interest on information for future activities. Contacts made will contact JIC for speaker selection in the future offering the oppertunities to promote other projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BBC News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Wheat gene map to help feed the world
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45173968
 
Description BBC Norfolk TV Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As ISP funding was publicised, local news media ran stories on the impact this will have to science, the environment, industry and the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBC World 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC World: wheat genome (Pallab Ghosh)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BBSRC Food Priming Partnership Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact BBSRC Food Priming Partnership Workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BCPC Pests and Beneficial review presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited talk on plant breeding for insect resistance and new breeding approaches at the BCPC Pests and Beneficials review 2019 meeting. A good feedback and panel discussion session followed the presentation session. Presentation has resulted in increase networking with other organisations working in this area and a Press release in the Farmers Guardian magazine. Future development of research activities has been discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Biogemma collaboration visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit to Biogemma to talk about current research in Brassica at JIC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Borlaug Dialogue 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Bolaug Dialogue
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CPM Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact CPM Magazine interview on wheat genome and genetics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.cpm-magazine.co.uk/2018/08/21/genetics-hope-future-wheat/#
 
Description Careers talk for PhD students 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Wager N. gave a talk at the ENVEast Doctoral Training Programme about doing a PhD, career choices, and her current role at the JIC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Cibus 2018, Salone internazionale dell'alimentazione 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Cibus 2018, Salone internazionale dell'alimentazione
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Clover Seeds and CN seeds visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit to JIC from members of Clover and CN Seed to discuss current industry needs and work ongoing at JIC where there could be potential interaction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Collective dynamics and self-organization in biological sciences 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Self-organization is pervasive in biology as living organisms are by essence systems that have self-assembled and self-organized in the course of their development. Self-organization refers to the ability of systems made of a large number of independent agents interacting through rather simple and local rules to generate large scale spatio-temporal coherent structures with typical dimensions orders of magnitude larger than those associated with each individual agent.

By bringing together mathematicians and biologists, this workshop provided a broad overview of the various self-organization mechanisms that prevail at the various scales and the mathematical models by which they can be described or even explained. Through this interaction between experts from different disciplines, the workshop made progress towards determination of the key biological mechanisms that enable self-organisation at each scale and across the scales, and towards the derivation of suitable `universal' mathematical models able to describe them across the scales.

The value of this workshop is twofold. For the biologists, it reinforced their link with mathematicians and, by this strengthened relationship, enlarged the range of models that they can use to probe observed biological complexity. For the mathematicians, it broadend the repertoire of case studies with which to confront their methodologies and practice. It suggested new systems where models are still preliminary if not existent and which may require the development of new mathematical frameworks. For the two communities, it offered the opportunity of building trans-disciplinary teams that can easily share knowledge, models and data and apply to major research councils in UK and in Europe for large grant funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.icms.org.uk/collectivedynamics.php
 
Description Conference presentation at PAG XXVI 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was invited to present a seminar in the Gene Introgression Workshop at PAG XXVI conference in San Diego.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description DBT-BBSRC Smart Agriculture Conclave 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact DBT-BBSRC Smart Agriculture Conclave
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DTP Courses on Computational and Systems Biology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I organised both one 4-week and one 1-week hands-on course, each one for around 25-30 DTP students to learn basics of systems biology in its broadest sense, targeted to audiences with different levels of systems biology engagement. It changed their way of looking at the role modelling, theory, mathematics and computational science plays in modern biological science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Daily Mail Online 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Genetic make-up of wheat has been decoded for the first time: Scientists say it could lead to low allergy varieties and crops that need less water
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6068177/Genetic-make-wheat-decoded-time.html
 
Description Discussion Norman Lamb, MP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion Norman Lamb, MP
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Discussion with Gov Office Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion with Gov Office Science
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Discussions with Syngenta 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussions on collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Eastern Daily Press 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact How Norwich scientists' wheat DNA breakthrough could help feed the world
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.edp24.co.uk/business/farming/john-innes-centre-norwich-wheat-genome-1-5655948
 
Description El Confidencial (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact El pan del futuro ya está aquí: científicos secuencian los 107.891 genes del trigo
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.elconfidencial.com/tecnologia/ciencia/2018-08-16/secuencian-genoma-trigo-pan-futuro_1604...
 
Description El Mundo (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact El genoma del trigo harinero ayudará a crear variedades más resistentes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.elmundo.es/ciencia-y-salud/ciencia/2018/08/16/5b75ab13468aeb3d7e8b458b.html
 
Description El Pais (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact El genoma del alimento que da a la humanidad una de cada cinco calorías
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/08/16/ciencia/1534414224_631189.html
 
Description Elsoms Veg open day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Stand at the Elsoms Vegetable open day displaying the current work of JIC. Discussed many current projects with the industry members that visited the open day and trials
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Elsoms seeds visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit regarding Brassica research at JIC. Good discussion had
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Elsoms seeds visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit by Elsoms seeds to discuss Speed breeding and speed cloning of disease resistance genes . Good discussions had.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description FSOV-Paris 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with French breeders to discuss FSOV activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018
 
Description Farmers Weekly 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Scientists apply for GM wheat and Crispr brassica field trials
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.fwi.co.uk/arable/scientists-apply-for-gm-wheat-and-crispr-brassica-field-trials
 
Description Farmers guardian - slugs 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Media interview and provided help with article editing following a talk at the BCPC Pests and Beneficials conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description GARNET interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Interview with Geraint Parry for Arabidopsis Research roundup (GARNET, http://www.garnetcommunity.org.uk/node/773) about the work published in Bencivenga et al. 2016, Dev. Cell 39(2): 198-208. The interview was subsequently placed on YouTube ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya0ErZCYOBg).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya0ErZCYOBg
 
Description Garnet York 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Garnet York 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Gatbsy Plant Science Students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Can wheat genomics help alleviate food insecurity?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Genoma completo del trigo augura mayor rendimiento y seguridad alimentaria al mundo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Genoma completo del trigo augura mayor rendimiento y seguridad alimentaria al mundo
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.economiaynegocios.cl/noticias/noticias.asp?id=496697
 
Description International Undergraduate Summer School 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact The International summer school provides 15 students with 8 weeks of training, invaluable insight and experience of research to undergraduates about to enter their final year of studies. Each student spends 8 weeks in a lab at either the Sainsbury Laboratory, the Earlham Institute or the John Innes Centre, all located on the Norwich Research Park working on a project that they have selected.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Interview article in school science magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Sam Fox was interviewed for an article in a school magazine on the 7th March 2018. The interview was about her job as a plant scientist and the route educationally she took to get into that role.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview on BBC Radio 4 programme Farming Today 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview on BBC Radio 4 programme Farming Today (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qj8q), broadcast on 22 August 2017. The interview was prompted by a press release related to our Serrano-Mislata et al. 2017 paper in Nature Plants. The aim was to explain to farmers and the general public how geens that control plant height have been used to improve crop productivity, and how our research opened new opportunities for further improvement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qj8q
 
Description Interview with eastern daily press 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As ISP funding was publicised, local news media ran stories on the impact this will have to science, the environment, industry and the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Interview with national news (BBC Radio 4) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview on the legacy of D'Arcy W. Thompsons' showcasing the research of my Lab (Grieneisen) and this ISP in "On Growth and Form", for BBC radio 4 "ScienceStories". Interviewer was Philip Ball, programme name:
The Man Who Found Physics in Shells, Seeds and Bees, 28 Jun 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06vy2jd/episodes/downloads
 
Description Invited seminar - Enza Zaden 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I was invited to deliver a seminar at the head quarters of Enza Zaden (Enkhuizen, Netherlands) about Speed Breeding and how they might be able to use it more effectively in their company. I have since discussed potential projects with their pre-breeding team about improving the control of flowering for cucurbits and onion within their breeding programs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited seminar - MPIPZ Cologne 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was invited to deliver a seminar at the Max Planck Insititute for Plant Breeding in Cologne, where I talked about our recent advances in understanding genes that control inflorescence architecture in wheat. The visit sparked interesting discussions about genes controlling reproductive development in cereals and the networking was important for my career development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited seminar - Milan 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I delivered an invited seminar on the genetic regulation of inflorescence architecture at the Department of Biosciences, University of Milan. The talk resulted in me being invited to be an external supervisor/mentor for a PhD student, and I have discussed project opportunities with Fabio Fornara and Lucio Conti.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited seminar - wheatCAP Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I was invited to be a keynote speaker at the wheatCAP symposium - Bridging the Gap: Using Functional Genomics to Unlock Yield Potential, held in San Diego. My talk influenced the views of multiple post-graduate students at the symposium, and I will be hosting a student at JIC who invited me to talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.triticeaecap.org/whpss/
 
Description Invited seminar at IPK Gatersleben 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was invited to deliver a seminar at IPK Gatersleben in Germany, to discuss research outcomes and network to help develop new project ideas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Italian Society of Genetics (SIGA) and Plant Biology (SIBV) Joint meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Keynote at PISA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description JIC Open day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact JIC Open Day
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description JIC Science Innovation Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk at JIC Science Innovation Showcase with over 100 industry representatives
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description JIC Science Innovation Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact JIC scientists presenting their science to invited industry/companies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description JIC Science for Innovation Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Showcasing leading-edge science that can inspire industry, as well as 1-2-1 discussions between scientists and industry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description KWS Wheat network discussions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion with KWS scientist and breeders on wheat networks
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Keynote: Canadian Wheat Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Canadian Wheat Symposium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Keynote: From Seed to Pasta III 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From Seed to Pasta III
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MSc lecture x 2 - Brassica genetics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Two lectures on Brassica genetics given for the University of East Anglia Plant Breeding MSc course. Lectures contained information on past and current work at JIC and provoked questions and discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MSc lecture x 2 - Brassica genomics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Two lectures on Brassica genomics presented for the University of East Anglia Plant Breeding MSc course. Lectures for the teachig part of the students gaining this qualification. Lecture provoked questions and discussion from the students in this area. Ongoing work within Brassica genomics at the institute was included.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description MSc lecture x 2 - Hybrids and heterosis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Two lectures given on Hybrids and Heterosis for the University of East Anglia Plant Breeding MSc course. Details of past and current work at JIC included. Lecture stimulated good discussion and questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mardlers dinner discussions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A group of local landowners/farmers (the Mardlers) were invited to JIC for discussions on current research. The Mardlers regularly meet in the local area with a JIC representative being in attendance at every meeting. As an alternative this event was held onsite at JIC. Discussions were held about current research at JIC and opinions heard from both the science, farming and economic areas. Both scientist and other attendees were educated about opinions and practices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Morley Innovation Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Stand at Morley Innovation Day to present the current Brassica work at John Innes to the farming community and general public. Discussions held with many of the stalls visiotrs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Oxford Farming Conference talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Oxford Farming Conference talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp0QJDivWgA
 
Description Paris Biological Physics Community Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Postgraduate and undergraduate students from mathematics and physics attended this event to understand how they could contribute to biology.
Discussions about the role of physics in biology was discussed, and students were encouraged to network with the invited speakers and ask career questions.
Also, interested general audience also atteneded.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.lcqb.upmc.fr/parisyoung/2018/
 
Description Participation in Breeder's Day 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Breeder's Day event at John Innes Centre, showcasing the potential applied outcomes from our research to industry and public breeders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Participation in a 'Lives in Science' workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Karen Lee participated in a 'Lives in Science' workshop in a local school. During the workshop she spoke to the students about her career as a plant scientist and encouraged them to participate in interactive activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Pint of Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Norwich Science Festival
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Pint of Science Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Philippa Borrill gave a Pint of Science Talk entitled: 'Senescence In Wheat: A Matter Of Life And Death' in May 2018.

One of the few certainties of life is that it will come to an end. But you might not think of death as being a choice. Well plants do! Dr. Philippa Borrill is uncovering the complex molecular network in wheat which governs this important decision. Wheat is probably the most important crop in the world, yet it has one of the most challenging genomes. Philippa is on the leading edge of wheat genomics and her research will have a big impact on crop yields in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/evolving-diversity-the-mechanisms-behind-evolution
 
Description Pint of Science talk to general public 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "Watch out, it's a trap! Find out how plants evolve carnivorous structures spoiler alert - it's actually a modified leaf. " Chris Whitewoods gave a talk to the genral public on his research in the Coen Lab on the 14th May 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Pint of Science talk: 'Jumping Genes! How The Environment Influences Our Genomes' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Rebecca Mosher gave a talk entitled 'Jumping Genes! How The Environment Influences Our Genomes' as a part of Pint of Science in May 2018.

"Did you feel that? I think one of your genes just jumped! Dr. Rebecca Mosher studies those jumping genes and how our cells try to keep them still. Although jumping genes can be dangerous because they cause mutations, sometimes a lucky jump can create something new and useful."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/evolving-diversity-the-mechanisms-behind-evolution
 
Description Podcast interview with GARNET. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Interview of the "Weeding the Gems" series, highlighting our publication showing the mechanism by which phytohormones auxin and cytokinin control root growth. The research was described in a general manner, aimed for any public interested.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://blog.garnetcommunity.org.uk/veronica-grieneisen-talks-garnet/
 
Description Presentation at Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 40-50 members of the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences attended my presentation on a novel auxin signalling pathway. The audience consisted of professors, postdoc, PhD students and technicians.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://english.ib.cas.cn
 
Description Press Release: Temperature resilient crops now an "achievable dream" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised. The story was covered in the following articles:
https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/temperature-resilient-crops-now-an-achievable-dream/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-5382349/Gene-editing-hope-pod-shatter-crops.html

http://www.syngenta.ca/News/market-news/new-research-addresses-%E2%80%98pod-shatter%E2%80%99

https://www.svt.se/nyheter/vetenskap/varmare-klimat-inget-problem-for-grodor-i-framtiden
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/temperature-resilient-crops-now-an-achievable-dream/
 
Description Press release: "Breakthrough study reveals new insight into "immortal" plant cells" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/breakthrough-study-reveals-new-insight-into-immortal-plant-cells...
 
Description Press release: "Green revolution genes promise additional yield" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/green-revolution-genes-promise-additional-yield/
 
Description Press release: "How Capsella followed its lonely heart" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/how-capsella-followed-its-lonely-heart/
 
Description Press release: "How Snapdragons keep their colour: signposting trick reveals evolutionary mechanism" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised. The press release led to the following articles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/science/snapdragons-colors-genes.html

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/norwich-scientists-discovery-of-genetic-gymnastics-in-snapdragons-brings-new-insight-into-evolution-1-5294260

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/snapdragons-spanish-pyrenees

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171116142146.htm
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news/how-snapdragons-keep-their-colour-signposting-trick-reveals-evolutionary-...
 
Description Press release: "How Snapdragons keep their colour: signposting trick reveals evolutionary mechanism" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news/how-snapdragons-keep-their-colour-signposting-trick-reveals-evolutionary-...
 
Description Press release: "Leap forward in understanding plant organ growth" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/new-model-is-a-leap-forward-in-understanding-plant-organ-growth/
 
Description Press release: "Leaves possess a molecular compass" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news/leaves-possess-a-molecular-compass/
 
Description Press release: "Major award recognises UK and global impact of wheat scientist" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news/major-award-recognises-uk-and-global-impact-of-wheat-scientist/
 
Description Press release: "Previously grainy wheat genome comes into focus" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised. The press release led to the production of 85 stories (26 online, 11 association, 3 daily newspaper, 1 magazine, 1 news service, 23 news website, 20 other and 1) following the publication of her paper. The total ad value is the estimated cost of how much your coverage adds up if you took out an advert of equivalent prominence in that publication. This is: £133,518.86 to date. Monthly visits is for the online stories is worth = £1,611,830,585
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/previously-grainy-wheat-genome-comes-into-focus/
 
Description Press release: "Pumping Iron - Biofortified wheat produces white flour with extra iron" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/pumping-iron-biofortified-wheat-produces-white-flour-with-extra-...
 
Description Press release: "Snapdragon enters the genomic age" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/snapdragon-enters-the-genomic-age/
 
Description Press release: "Surprise findings turn up the temperature on the study of vernalization" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised. The press release led to the production of 17 stories (16 online and 1 in print) following the publication of her paper.
• Ad value is the estimated cost of how much your coverage adds up if you took out an advert of equivalent prominence in that publication. This is: £1,936.74
• Monthly visits is for 16 online stories is worth = £13,537,978
• Circulation in the EDP for the one printed story = 40,713
• Laura was also interviewed by BBC Radio 4 Farming Today. No stats for this as story not aired yet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/surprise-findings-turn-up-the-temperature-on-the-study-of-vernal...
 
Description Press release: "Wheat research discovery yields genetic secrets that could shape future crops" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/wheat-research-discovery-yields-genetic-secrets-that-could-shape...
 
Description Previously grainy wheat genome comes into focus 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Previously grainy wheat genome comes into focus
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2018/08/wheat-genome-focus/
 
Description Prime Agriculture LLP visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit by Prime agriculture to JIC to discuss ongoing work which may be of interest to crop consultants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Public Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I presented a lecture on plant research in my group at a Science, Chemistry and Innovation event in London on 28 Nov 2018. The audience was mixed, comprising students, the general public and industrialists
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Rachel Lambert, Senior Livelihoods Adviser, Agriculture Research DFID 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Rachel Lambert, Senior Livelihoods Adviser, Agriculture Research DFID
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Radio Cardiff 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Radio interview for genome paper: Radio Cardiff
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.mixcloud.com/pythagoras_trousers/pythagoras-trousers-episode-421-mapping-the-wheat-genom...
 
Description Radio Extramadura (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview in spanish regarding wheat genome sequence
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.canalextremadura.es/alacarta/radio/audios/principio-de-incertidumbre-la-secuenciacion-del...
 
Description Radio Interview - BBC Radio 4 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I discussed the benefits of the Speed Breeding technique that has been developed at JIC in collaboration with researchers in Australia on a radio interview on BBC4 as part of the Gardener's Question Time programme. As the interview was on radio, it is difficult to gauge the impact; however, multiple people from outside the institute heard the interview and said that it has changed their understanding of the capabilities of plant breeding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b0bgmxpv
 
Description Recommended list board talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit to present work on Random Impact testing to the Recommended List Board for oilseeds. Good disccussion followed and furhter work has now been completed in this area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Redburn 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk at Redburn investment bank
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Royal Norfolk Show 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I participated in the Royal Norfolk Show, but presenting for the John Innes Centre stall, where I discussed our work on improving wheat by optimizing inflorescence architecture and accelerating breeding using speed breeding. We spoke to multiple members of the general public about these specific topics, as well as general areas of plant science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Wheat's complex genome finally deciphered, offering hope for better harvests and nonallergenic varieties
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/08/wheat-s-complex-genome-finally-deciphered-offering-hope-bette...
 
Description Science Cafe - Norwich Science Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I conducted a Science Cafe event with Prof. Enrico Coen, where we discussed the benefits of plant science and the excitement that comes with identifying genes that regulate key aspects of plant development, both in model and crop species. The event included presentations from myself and Prof. Coen, followed by a Q & A session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Science Cafe Public talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Enrico Coen and Scott Boden gave a joint Science Cafe talk entitled 'Cereals and Snapdragons' to the general public in Oct 2018 as a part of the Norwich Science Festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Science Showcase Event at John Innes Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I participated in the John Innes Centre Science Showcase Event to inform industry and business about the research the is taking place at JIC, and to help develop new academic/industry links.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Science and Faith 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Is it ethical to oppose modern plant breeding technologies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Scientist question time at a local school 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Rebecca Horn took part in 'scientist question time' at a local primary school answering questions about what a scientists do in their jobs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Seminar at International Wheat Genetics Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was invited to present a seminar at the International Wheat Genetics Symposium in Tulln, Austria, April 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Seminar at Sainsbury Laboratory Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I presented a seminar on the recent advances from our group investigating the genetic control of inflorescence architecture at the Sainsbury Laboratory Symposium on The coordination of development. The seminar increased the awareness of the scientific possibilities of wheat research to an audience that mainly included Arabidopsis researchers, and it was important for my career development because I was exposed to new ideas and knowledge, and I developed important contacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Soapbox Science Norwich Science Festival: how plants shape their leaves 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On the 27th October 2018 Beccy Horn in the Coen Lab stood on a raised platform in Norwich City Centre and spoke to the genral public about their research that understands how the different shapes of leaves are formed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Spiegel Online 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Researchers crack wheat puzzles - and hope for fewer hunger victims
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/weizen-forscher-entschluesseln-genom-und-wollen-hunger-eind...
 
Description Talk Aarhus 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk at Aarhus University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk and debates in Workshop in Leiden 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Computational Scientists, Biologists, Historians, Artists and Architects came together to discuss overlaps concerning the legacy of "on Growth and Form". Computational methods were reviewed, and applications of science to the arts were discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.lorentzcenter.nl/lc/web/2017/930/info.php3?wsid=930
 
Description Talk at FASEB meeting in Vermont, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Talk on genetic control of fruit-shape establishment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk at Morphogenetic Engineering Conference, Barcelona. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Intersting mix of animal developmentalists and engineers. I represented the field of plant development biology, and many cross-links were established.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.irbbarcelona.org/en/events/morphogenetic-engineering
 
Description The Atlantic 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Scientists Finally Crack Wheat's Absurdly Complex Genome
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/08/wheat-genome-is-best-thing-since-sliced-bread/56...
 
Description The Cut: Science Cafe 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk at a local science cafe followed by panel debate and discussion session. Talk on Building Brilliant Brassicas ranged from researching current targets for crop improvement to genome editing. Good discussion, feedback and debate was received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Economist 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Revealing the wheat genome could lead to hypoallergenic bread
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2018/08/18/revealing-the-wheat-genome-could-lead-to...
 
Description The Guardian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Scientists sequence wheat genome in breakthrough once thought 'impossible'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/16/scientists-sequence-wheat-genome-in-breakthrough-onc...
 
Description Visit from Bayer Crop Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussions on SeedGerm - tracking and assessing seed germination
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit to JIC by the Flying Farmers association 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit to the JIC by a farming group. Presentation given in an informal manner provocking discussion session. Furhte rdiscussions held over an informal lunch.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Wired Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact AFTER 13 YEARS, SCIENTISTS FINALLY MAP THE MASSIVE WHEAT GENOME
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.wired.com/story/after-13-years-scientists-finally-map-the-massive-wheat-genome/
 
Description Women of the Future 2017 Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The 3rd Women of the Future Conference took place on Wednesday 29th November 2017. 170 young girls from 17 schools across Norfolk and Suffolk attended the unique event. The event is specifically aimed at Year 10 girls, and aims to raise aspirations, broaden horizons and facilitate engagement with world class scientists and leaders and promote careers in STEMM subjects.

The lack of women in STEMM careers continues to be a real cause for concern for employers.

At the John Innes Centre we are committed to promoting equality and diversity for all our staff and students and in addition recognise the importance of inspiring the next generation of female STEMM professionals.

Having first been launched in 2015, this year's event built on the success of the previous two conferences, giving the participants a great chance to meet and speak with more than 27 female role models and exhibitors from a diverse range of industries.

There was also fascinating line-up of speakers that included science author and presenter Dr Emily Grossman, Senior Advisor for Medical Applications at CERN Dr Manjit Dosanjh, and JIC Research Fellow Dr Philippa Borrill.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/blog/women-of-the-future-2017/
 
Description Women of the Future Conference 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Women of the Future 2018 event took place with 200 girls from yr 10 (14-15 yr olds)

5 GEN female people involved:
-Speakers Jemima Brinton & Mikhaela Neequaye (Jemima is a researcher in crop genetics, Mikhaela is a Phd student in food nutrition). Science Chat on the Sofa with Speakers (Auditorium) -Chaired by Samantha Fox
-Closing Remarks - Samantha Fox
-Meet a professional session: Mikhaela Neequaye, Natalie Wager, Jess Hughes, Penny Hundleby
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/blog/the-story-of-women-of-the-future-2018/
 
Description Workshop on Flower development in Padova, Italy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Talk on genetic control of fruit-shape establishment
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description YouTube video created: Evolutionary Genetics of Snapdragons 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 'A Flying Visit to the Antirrhinum Hybrid Zone in the Pyrenees'
Take a tour through the hybrid zone in the Pyrenees where a population of magenta Antirrhinum pseudomajus on the east meets a yellow Antirrhinum striatum population to the west and form a rainbow of hybrid flowers over a 1km stretch. Read about how our study of this region revealed how small RNA helps maintain diversity in the region. The video creates interest and communicates to the general public the research that takes place in the Coen Lab.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muP7fSn1eaE&feature=youtu.be
 
Description YouTube video: 'How plants plan for all seasons' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A YouTube video: 'How plants plan for all seasons' was produced by the Dean and Irwin Lab. The video had received over 1000 views through the JIC twitter account and the JIC YouTube channel on the 13.03.19.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnCPKI7vZck
 
Description YouTube video: movie explaining the relationship between growth and division in plants 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Sam Fox (Coen Lab) and Ruby O'grady in our communications team created a video explaining the relationship between growth and division in plants after a new model was published. The video had 1587 views from the JIC tweet alone on 13.03.19 and another 250 on the JIC YouTube Channel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvXBYL7WUDA
 
Description Youth STEMM Award mid-term conference 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 80 students from 8 schools in Norfolk and Suffolk attended the Youth STEMM award mid-term conference on the 26th February 2019. There were 2 talks from John Innes Centre scientists and 10 interactive stands including the Coen Lab, who displayed a range of plants and research, explaining to the students what they do for their job. Feedback from the event indicated that 95% of those that completed a feedback form (53/80) felt the event was informative as it highlighted a range of different STEMM careers out there. 80% said the event had made them inspired to pursue a STEMM related career, or take a STEMM subject at higher education. ""This exhibit has inspired me to take a higher education level in biology or as a job."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Youth STEMM Mid Term conference 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact On the 6th March 12 schools with 146 students (aged 13-17) participated in the YSA midterm conference at the JIC Conference Centre. The event had a combination of science talks and interactive activities as a part of the STEMM showcase. The Coen lab exhibited their research on evolution, development of shape and form and genetics at the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description podcast Wheat Genome 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dewing Grain podcast Wheat Genome
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.dewinggrain.co.uk/podcast-item/?id=34
 
Description talk for EMBO conference in Heidelberg 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited speaker for the EMBO led conference "Quatitative Principles in Biology".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.embl.de/training/events/2017/QUN17-01/