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

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International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) (2018) Shifting the limits in wheat research and breeding using a fully annotated reference genome. in Science (New York, N.Y.)

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Dong Y (2019) Fruit development and diversification. in Current biology : CB

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Di Mambro R (2017) Auxin minimum triggers the developmental switch from cell division to cell differentiation in the Arabidopsis root. in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

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D'Ario M (2019) Cell Size Control in Plants in Annual Review of Genetics

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Coen E (2017) On genes and form. in Development (Cambridge, England)

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Coen E (2018) Early shaping of a leaf. in Nature plants

 
Description 3.1 We have identified an amino acid transporter as a key regulator of 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. In both Arabidopsis, and in barley, we have 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. Separating the effects of DELLA genes on stem growth and meristem size could unlock further yield increases in widely-used semi-dwarf varieties. We have shown that the rosette habit of Arabidopsis is conferred by a gene involved in organ boundary formation, together with gibberellin hormone signalling, both of which antagonize genes that mediate organ growth in response to light. In this way, a common type of plant architecture results from localized inhibition of environmentally-responsive growth. We propose that DNA content is used as a size standard, read by a cell cycle regulator that is stabilized by association with chromosomes during mitosis 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. 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 and published a general model for leaf curvature. 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. We have established a developmental mechanism controlling leaf flatness and curvature, including the formation of cup-shaped leaves in carnivorous plants. Mechanisms controlling the guidance of cellulose synthesis in plant cells and polarity and regeneration of protoplasts were also demonstrated.
4.2 Capsella rubella has been 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. We have revealed how a SUMO Protease-encoding gene named, HEARTBREAK, modifies the IND protein post-translationally to affect IND stability and subsequently growth of the Capsella fruit, quantified through MorphoGraphX.
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. 4.4 We have assessed cell-division patterns during Capsella fruit development analying live image data with MorphoGraphX. 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. 5.1 We have shown that genetic variation in UPL3 expression in B. napus is associated with seed size and lipid composition. Reduced UPL3 expression increases the longevity of LEC2 during seed maturation, which increases seed lipid biosynthesis gene expression.
5.2 We have shown conservation of mechanism of DA1 activation in wheat which indicates that the large grain size of GW2A mutants and mutant combinations is likely due to DA1-BB type mechanisms influencing pericarp cell proliferation. We have identified a series of differentially expressed genes in near isogenic lines differing for grain size in wheat. 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 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. Near isogenic lines of the A genome mutant have also been grown as part of the Breeder's Toolkit.
5.3 Fundamental studies into the polyploidisation of wheat have elucidated 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). In collaboration with DFW, we have developed haplotype based approaches to characterise genetic variation in regions of interest. We have cloned the P1 gene which affects floral organ size. We introduced this novel allele into the DFW WP3 Breeders Toolkit and it was found to increase grain weight. 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 tested and proposed to be included in the DFW Breeder's Toolkit.
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.
MorphoGraphX will enable other researchers to extract growth and development data from images.
Identifying resistance to cabbage stem flea beetle will prevent damage to oilseed rape, a global crop currently at risk due to the withdrawal of suitable pesticides.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Education,Environment

URL https://wikis.nbi.ac.uk/InnerWorlds/index.php/Inner_World_of_Plants_and_their_Guests#.WpBQz6jFLZR
 
Description Through this research we are developing a better understanding of how individual plant cells respond to genetic instructions to develop plant organs such as leaves and seeds. This information is being used to inform crop breeding programmes, with the aim of improving the yield and performance of wheat and Brassica crops. The patent file for us by Plant Bioscience Ltd on UPL3 in 2018, as a potential target for improving yield of oil in oilseed rape breeding programmes is available for evaluation and licensing. This has been licensed to various companies in the seed industry for assessment and one licence has recently been extended. Once crossed into a commercial variety of oilseed rape we anticipate up to a 10% increase in the yield. There are similar target genes in other seed crops such as oilseeds e.g. soybean as well as cereals, exploitation of which may improve the yield. Further funding was received from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to translate findings from fundamental research into transforming grain production traits in wheat using allelic diversity in collaboration with international plant breeding companies. As an output of this work we have strong evidence for supernumerary spikelets in wheat underpinning yield related traits with two international plant breeding companies pursuing analysis of the alleles within their breeding germplasm. With the aim of improving yield and seed size in wheat, we have generated near isogenic lines with the novel grain length mutation in UK adapted germplasm. We have shared the germplasm for the novel P1 allele with the UK and international breeding community through the WP3 Breeders' Toolkit. Triple mutants (ARF2.1 and GW2) have been introduced into the DFW Breeder's Toolkit and seed is available for plant Breeders to test from 2020. We have also shared germplasm with the International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) US hub and made all genetic markers and associated information available through publications. We continue to interact with a range of stakeholders through invitation to events such as the Oxford Farming Conference, Frontier's 3D conference and NRP Agritech week, as well as JIC institutional events such as Breeders day, leading to ongoing industry input into developing projects. Interactions with industry into our research into seed vigour and establishment in oilseed rape has highlighted great concern over the pest, cabbage stem flea beetle. Two PhD projects funded with industry have identified two lines of oilseed rape which are unpalatable to flea beetles as well as beetle pathogens, one of which, a parasitic wasp is present in the wild beetle population. Discussions with industry on potential integrated pest management approaches to this pest have resulted in an industry supported proposal to identify resistance in oilseed rape. This work has received significant interest from the national press with a press release relating to identification of the parasitic wasp reaching an estimated 22.8M people. Our findings and expertise have fed directly into training a new generation of plant scientists. We provide input in the form of lectures e.g. Brassica Genetics and research projects as part of the MSc course Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement. From this MSc programme we know that 47% of students go on to work in the plant breeding or related industries. We have also provided training via DTP courses on Computational and Systems Biology, as well as delivering inspiring talks on plant development to school children, for example through Women of the Future which, in 2019, hosted 150 girls, 2/3 of which said they'd be more likely to consider a stem career as a result of the event. We have developed a new website to provide access to our open access image processing software, MorphoGraphX. This software will enable other researchers to analyse and track time-lapse growth and lineage to facilitate research into growth and development.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Education
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 Grant Writing Workshop
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Grant Writing Workshop
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
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 lectures for PLL1 last year Plant Science course
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
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 Visit by Adam Stains, Matt Freeman and Harriet Trewin, BBSRC: Discussion on latest developments in crop breeding techniques
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Visit by Green Party Norfolk County Councillors
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Visit from Government Office of Science (Nancy Bailey, Neil Waby, Rebecca Nohl)- Discussion on CRISPR gene editing
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Visit of Norman Lamb MP
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
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 18-BTT: Induction of double haploids in wheat using CENH3 mutants and genome editing
Amount £222,680 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/S020888/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 03/2021
 
Description BSDB/ Company of Biologists Gurdon Summer Studentship - How to get radial: Unlocking the mechanisms for symmetry establishment during plant organogenesis
Amount £1,800 (GBP)
Organisation British Society for Developmental Biology 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2019 
End 08/2019
 
Description EMBO Practical Courses and Workshops
Amount € 33,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Molecular Biology Organisation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Germany
Start 07/2017 
End 07/2017
 
Description EMBO Young Investigator
Amount € 15,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Molecular Biology Organisation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Germany
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2022
 
Description IWYP Call 2: Rooty-A root ideotype toolbox to support improved wheat yields
Amount £151,462 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/S012818/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 11/2021
 
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 Research Fellow Enhancement Award entitled 'Moonlight activity for cyclins in plants, CYCPs at the crux between physiological and developmental cross-talk during Phosphate-starvation response'.
Amount £155,765 (GBP)
Funding ID RGF\EA\181077 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 06/2021
 
Description Royal Society Research Fellows Enhancement Award
Amount £53,100 (GBP)
Funding ID RGF\EA\180303 
Organisation John Innes Centre 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2017 
End 11/2020
 
Description Royal Society University Research Fellowship - Conserved mechanisms regulate symmetry establishment in plant organs
Amount £549,700 (GBP)
Funding ID URF\R1\180091 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2023
 
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 Solving the tangled ontogenesis of the stem for sustainable crops
Amount € 224,934 (EUR)
Funding ID 838718 
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 05/2019 
End 04/2021
 
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 Award ISCF-TFP-SA-JIC
Amount £140,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ISCF-TFP-SA-JIC 
Organisation United Kingdom Research and Innovation 
Department Industrial Strategic Challenge Fund
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description Transforming Food Production Seeding Award
Amount £22,050 (GBP)
Organisation John Innes Centre 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 02/2019
 
Description Wheat floral organ size and its effects on grain size
Amount £549,750 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/S016945/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2019 
End 05/2022
 
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 B. napus transcriptome timeseries data 
Description Brassica napus floral transition transcriptome timeseries for 4 accessions. PRJNA648031 - currently embagoed due to IP. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Publication 10.1111/nph.17131. Dataset underpins current BRAVO project development. 
 
Title B. rapa transcriptome timeseries data 
Description Developmental timeseries transcriptome dataset through the floral transition of Brassica rapa accessions R-o18 and Sarisha14 available at NCBI Sequence Read Archive, project ID PRJNA593493. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Dataet underpins the development of comparative transcriptomics techniques within BRAVO and understanding of the floral transition in B. rapa. 
 
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 AHDB Pod shatter 
Organisation Agricultural and Horticulture Development Board
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Testing of material from recommended list to determine feasibility of uptake of this as testing criteria.
Collaborator Contribution Growth of material for testing in a field trial and harvesting of material.
Impact Collaboration is ongoing. Initial report produced and further work will come from this initial study.
Start Year 2018
 
Description AHDB pod shatter 2019 
Organisation Agricultural and Horticulture Development Board
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution JI Enterprises contract work for AHDB to develop pod shatter testing for the recommended list. Contract work performed to measure pod shatter.
Collaborator Contribution Field trials and material provided for testing.
Impact Report delivered. Potential for future work identified.
Start Year 2019
 
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 Bayer testing of varieties for cabbage stem flea beetle resistance 
Organisation Bayer
Department Bayer CropScience Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution John Innes Enterprises contract work to test for cabbage stem flea beetle resistance in Bayer material. Collaboration is between JIC scientists and Bayer.
Collaborator Contribution Seed and payment for the testing of material
Impact Work currently ongoing
Start Year 2020
 
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
Country United States 
Sector Private 
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 Flanders Institute for Biotechnology
Country Belgium 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
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 EIAR 
Organisation Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are currently sequencing 200 teff genomes
Collaborator Contribution They have provided access to germplasm and DNA
Impact none so far
Start Year 2020
 
Description HD-ZIPII proteins coordinate a biradial-to-radial symmetry transition during gynoecium development 
Organisation Sapienza University of Rome
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Developed a research project aimed to understand the biradial state of auxin dynamics at the gynoecium apex during the bilateral-to-radial symmetry transition in organogenesis, performed molecular experiments and genetic analysis, and coordinated meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Construction of reporter lines and higher mutant combinations, as well as started this collaboration.
Impact I presented the research findings of this project at the ACPD 2018 meeting in Prague.
Start Year 2015
 
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 Academic/University 
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 Private 
PI Contribution Genetics and genomics
Collaborator Contribution Wheat germplasm and know how
Impact Shared projects
Start Year 2009
 
Description Receptor-Hormone interaction assay 
Organisation Institute of Science and Technology Austria
Country Austria 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have identified a potential interaction between the ETTIN (ETT) auxin response factor and the hormone auxin.
Collaborator Contribution The laboratory of Jiri Friml used DARTS assay to show that ETTIN interacts specifically with auxin.
Impact We have submitted a manuscript to the journal eLife, which is curretnly under review.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Syngenta 
Organisation Syngenta International AG
Country Switzerland 
Sector Private 
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
 
Description Understanding the effect of N6A-methylation of mRNA in meristem size control 
Organisation University of Copenhagen
Country Denmark 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We performed in situ hybridisation on ECT genes and analysis of fruit shape in eat mutants.
Collaborator Contribution The laboratory of Professor Peter Brodersen have characterised a subclass of the ECT family in Arabidopsis both genetically and molecularly.
Impact A manuscript led by Prof Brodersen was accepted in the journal Development including our contribution.
Start Year 2017
 
Description VIB_Ghent 
Organisation Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie
Department VIB Gent
Country Belgium 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We are working to annotate the cis-regulatory landscape of polyploid wheat
Collaborator Contribution They have run BLSSpeller on multiple Poacaea genomes
Impact none so far
Start Year 2020
 
Title UPL3 genome editing for yield increase in crops 
Description Down regulation of UPL3 leads to increases in seed yield and seed protein and lipid content. Single homologues have now been identified as gene editing targets in monocot crops (maize, wheat, rice and barley) and also cotton. Further analysis of elite oil seed rape germplasm shows that there is still potential to increase yields through down regulation of UPL3. 
IP Reference WO/2018/130828 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2018
Licensed Yes
Impact This has been licenced to several companies to test it's effect in crops.
 
Title Crop Haplotype 
Description The Crop Haplotypes website provides an interactive graphic visualisation of the shared haplotypes between the wheat genome assemblies generated as part of the 10+ Wheat Genome Project (Brinton et al, 2020; Walkowiak et al, 2020). We used chromosome-level genome assemblies of nine wheat cultivars (ArinaLrFor, Jagger, Julius, Lancer, Landmark, Mace, Norin61, Stanley, SY-Mattis) and the Chinese Spring RefSev1.0 assembly alongside scaffold-level assemblies of five additional cultivars (Cadenza, Claire, Paragon, Robigus and Weebill). For more details on the cultivars and overall context of the project see this link and the manuscript describing these assemblies (Walkowiak et al, 2020). To call haplotype blocks we used a combination of whole chromosome level NUCmer alignments and gene-based pairwise alignments using BLASTn. Briefly, we defined haplotype blocks as physical regions with =99.99% sequence identity (across a fixed bin size of 5-, 2.5- or 1-Mbp) between pairwise comparisons of cultivars in the 10+ Wheat Genome Project. More details on this haplotype analysis and the underlying methodologies can be found in the manuscript "A haplotype-led approach to increase the precision of wheat breeding" (Brinton et al, 2020). 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2020 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact We used this software for two publications (Brinton et al 2020 Comms Biology and Walkowiak et al 2020 Nature) 
URL http://www.crop-haplotypes.com/
 
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 PolyMarker 
Description PolyMarker is an automated bioinformatics pipeline for SNP assay development which increases the probability of generating homoeologue-specific assays for polyploid species. PolyMarker generates a multiple alignment between the target SNP sequence and the selected reference genome (from the drop off menu in green below). It then generates a mask with informative polymorphic positions between homoeologs which are highlighted with respect to the target genome. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2021 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Over 160,000 pageviews over the past 24 months 
URL http://www.polymarker.info/
 
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. 
 
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. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2019 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Roughly 1000 pageviews per month from across the world 
URL http://www.wheat-training.com/
 
Description 23rd IPGSA Conference (Paris) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 23rd IPGSA Conference (Paris)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://pages.wustl.edu/ipgsa
 
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 AHDB - Development of pod shatter testing from research to industry - The UK Recommended list 
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 Report back to AHDB on previous years study and develop plans for future study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Agritech week - NRP event, Agritech East Combatting CSFB in a post-neonic era 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk as part of NRP Agritech week event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Agronomy and farming conference talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation on the current work on oilseed rape and cabbage stem flea beetle in the UK to ~100 farmers and agronomists from Frontier. Presentation sparked good discussion session following talk. Discussions ongoing about future work between JIC and Frontier in this area. Planned visit from plant breeding company RAGT to JIC to look at work/future potential interaction
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 Auriel Gibson - freelance journalist for local Brassica opinion piece 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Discussion on oilseed rape crop development and current cultivation issue with local freelance journalist for local newsletter publication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 BCPC Pests and Beneficials - JIC role in plant breeding for resistance 
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 BCPC working group meeting. Discussion of current issues around control of pests and use of IPM/protecting beneficials
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description BSDB Gurdon/The Company of Biologists 2019 Summer Studentship Report 
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 A report about the practical research experience of Mr Luca Agirò, conducted in my laboratory at the John Innes Center and funded by the British Society of Developmental Biology (BSDB), was published on The Node (The Company of Biologists) magazine.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://thenode.biologists.com/bsdb-gurdon-the-company-of-biologists-2019-summer-studentship-report-...
 
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 Brassica genetics lecture x 2 hours for University of East Anglia Plant Breeding and Crop Genetics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Lecture of the UEA Plant breeding course on Brassica genetics, basic concepts through to current research. Students were engaged and asked questions thoughout and following lecture. Impact is training future scientists/plant breeders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Breeders Day 2019 
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 This event was designed to allow plant breeders, agronomists and policy makers to find out about some the JIC's latest developments in germplasm for future crops, both wheat and Brassica crops. Early career researchers presented their findings and discussions allowed us to understand key concerns from industry which we can help to address.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Cabbage stem flea beetle industry interaction development 
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 Discussion on current work in brassica genetics and CSFB with industry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Cambridge Science Festival 
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 Cambridge science festival, joint exhibit by OpenPlant and the SynBio SRI at Downing College. The lab was represented by PhD student Emma McKechnie-Welsh
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.openplant.org/blog/2018/4/3/cambridge-science-festival-march-2018
 
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 Cereals Event 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Cereals Event talk on plant breeding technologies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Cereals Live - Non chemical solutions Breeding for genetic resistance to cabbage stem flea beetle 
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 Talk for Cereal Live event - this year online instead of being within a worshop area ta the Cereals event. Larger audience possible due to the online platform. Good question and discusion session. Prompted media interaction and further followup, including internationally
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Chelsea Flower Show 
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 157 000 attendees at the Chelsea Flower Show had the opportunity to Engage with our research at our Silver Award Winning Exhibition at the Chelsea flower show.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://genetics.org.uk/news/centenary-garden-exhibit-at-chelsea-flower-show-2019/
 
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 Comparative Morphogenesis between Plants and Animals: the role of Mechanical Signals, Toutour, France 
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 Towards an integrated framework for computational Biomechanics

The emerging field of Computational Morphodynamics aims to understand morphogenesis and development through an interdisciplinary approach involving the combination of experimental and computational methods. Data from the live imaging of growing biological tissue is analyzed in order to understand how gene expression results in cell and organ shape change. Hypotheses are formulated and then tested in simulation models, which then create predictions which can be tested experimentally. We have developed the software MorphoGraphX (www.MorphoGraphX.org) that is specialized for the quantification of cell shape change and gene expression on surface layers of cells, an abstraction inspired by simulation modeling approaches. We have found that there is considerable interaction between the methods and paradigms use for image analysis and simulation modeling. In some cases, such as the visualization of stresses, simulations are required for the quantifications. In this talk, I discuss our steps towards developing a tool that combines both aspects in one software, providing an integrated framework for computational morphodynamics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://lestreilles.hypotheses.org/3302
 
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 Conference talk - FASEB Plant Development 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Core skills workshop for Bioinformatics Community of Practice 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Core skills workshop for Bioinformatics Community of Practice
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 on gene editing and regulations with BSPB, Royal Society, UKPSF, breeders 
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 Discussion on gene editing and regulations with BSPB, Royal Society, UKPSF, breeders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Discussion on gene editing with NFU East Anglia (full membership) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion on gene editing with NFU East Anglia complete membership
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Discussion on gene editing with NFU East Anglia Crop Board 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion on gene editing with NFU East Anglia Crop Board
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Discussion on gene editing with NFU East Midlands 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion on gene editing with NFU East Midlands
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Discussion on gene editing with NFU National Crops Board 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion on gene editing with NFU National Crops Board
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Discussion on gene editing with NFU National Regional Crops Board 
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 Discussion on gene editing with NFU National Regional Crops Board
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Discussion on gene editing with NFU South West 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion on gene editing with NFU South West
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Discussion on gene editing with NFU West Midlands 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion on gene editing with NFU West Midlands
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
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 Discussion with local school on application for Royal Society Partnering Award 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Discussion with Town Close School, Norwich on applying for a Royal Society Partnering Award to set up experiments at their school to address questions raised by their pupils on how environmental factors, both natural and pollutants, influence crop growth.
Our discussions focused on how to design and implement experiments which would address the questions the children had and be scientifically well designed.
We also discussed future interactions and finalised details to allow us to apply for a partnering award.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 Experts warn against farm-saving hybrid varieties - BSPB Plant Breeding Matters Article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Contributed to an article of the production of conventional and hybrid seed, writing the oilseed rape component for the British Society of plant Breeders newsletter. Target audience is primarily agronomists and farmers to promote the understanding of when farm saved seed may be an option.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.lgseeds.co.uk/news/plant-breeding-matters-spring-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 Weekly Interactive interview 
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 Interview for Farmers Weekly Interactive for use in weekly podcast. Further interest from other sources following broadcast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 Follow up for Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute 
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 Discussions with industry supporting MARDI with implementation of transcriptomics and associative transcriptomics methodology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 German Plant Breeding Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact German Plant Breeding Society: keynote
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Global Food Security: WORKING GROUP OF CROP BREEDERS AND CLIMATE MODELLERS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Global Food Security: WORKING GROUP OF CROP BREEDERS AND CLIMATE MODELLERS
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Greencrops Ltd. Amada Farrow meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion on current pest issues for the oilseed rape crop and potential for the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Growing Rapeseed in the UK - Presentation at a farming meeting/combine demostration day Wuhan, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Whilst visiting colaborators in Wuhan, China. I was asked to speak at a rapeseed demonstration day to attendees from government, farming and industry to explain how oiseed rape is farmed in the UK and the comparison with the Chinese system. Audience primarily did not speak English therefore presentation was performed with an interpreter, a Chinese speaking member of JIC staff. Great many questions and good feedback received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Hybrids and Heterosis, 2 hours lecturing for University of East Anglia, Plant breeding and crop genetics MSc 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Letcures given on hybrids and heterosis to the UEA MSc students. Students were engaged and asked question during and following the lecture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description IWGSC Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact IWGSC Webinar on new genomic tools in wheat
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description International Computation Biology Society: Africa meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact International Computation Biology Society: Africa meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 for Bayer Oilseed Rape Guide Current Brassica research at JIC - genetics of resistance to the cabbage stem flea beetle 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Discussion on the current work being performed at JIC on Brassica including BRAVO, podshatter and cabbage stem flea beetle. Article produced in the first area of cabbage stem flea beetle for Industry publication on work combating the current issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Interview for JIC blog - My biology career 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Short article highlighting experience and steps in support of my career in biology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/blog/my-biology-career-different-careers-in-biological-sciences/
 
Description Interview for 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 Radio 4 Farming Today on 22/8/17. The interview centred on our publication on how a gene that has been widely used to increase crop yields by reducing plant height could actually have a hidden cost by limiting the number of flowers that can be produced, and how this hidden cost could be removed to maximise the benefits on plant yield.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Interview for Today's Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Enrico Coen: Modeling Plant Genetics. Interview transcript with Today's Science. Available online
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://online.infobaselearning.com/Direct.aspx?aid=99270&pid=WE59
 
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 Introduction to Associative Transcriptomics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ran a three day jtraining course ;on association trancriptomics for the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute. Training in how to use associative transcriptomics pipelines which are at the core of JIC brassica and BRAVO work. Dissemination of methodology. Material produced for the course has since been used to train PhD students and post-docs on the BRAVO project at JIC in how to peform AT. This has replaced face to face training.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited seminar - CRAG, Barcelone 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar at CRAG research institute in Barcelona, as part of an exchange of scientists between JIC, CRAG and MPIPZ (Germany)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited seminar - Early Careers Researcher conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented an invited seminar and participated in discussion group for ECRs from JIC, MPIPZ and CRAG.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Invited talk "SLS'20 Pluripotency in Plant Development" The Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Excellent online conference organised during the Covid pandemic, which allowed interactions among several international attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.slcu.cam.ac.uk/SLS20
 
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 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 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 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 JIC-CAAS joint lab meeting, Wuhan, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit to the Oil Crops Research Institute, CAAS, Wuhan.

Meeting between collaborators to discuss current works and potential for the future. Presentation provided for staff, students and collaborators about current work at JIC. Current outcomes from my role within the collaborations are two publications over the last 3 years. Area of interest are comparable and a good relationship has been maintained over the past 15 years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Jersey Farming Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Jersey Farming Conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Jesus College, Cambridge conference on Food, Farming and Climate Change 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Jesus College, Cambridge conference on Food, Farming and Climate Change
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 course on Model to Crop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact MSc course on Model to Crop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017,2018,2019,2020
 
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 MSc on Wheat Yield 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact MSc course on Wheat Yield
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019,2020
 
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 Media interview for Canadian 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 International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview with Canadian frelance journalist for agriculture magazine. Publication of details on research in article.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Modeling Shape and Size in Biological Development, Lorenze Center, Leiden, Netherlands 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Finite element modeling for experimental simulation and structural analysis in plants
Richard S. Smith, Gabriella Mosca

Finite element modeling has traditionally been used in engineering to simulate the behavior of man made structures such as buildings, bridges and machines under loads and stresses. It is increasingly becoming important in biology to look at mechanical behavior of cells and tissues. This workshop will focus on FEM simulation at the cellular level in plants. Plant cells are under significant turgor pressure and are surrounded by a rigid cell wall attached to their neighbors. Unlike animals that rely on a skeleton, green (non-woody) plants maintain their form as inflatable tensile structures, if the plant loses its turgor, it wilts. Despite having a rigid cell wall, plant cells are still able to grow, via carefully controlled loosening of the cell wall. In recent years there has been a resurgence in interest in the mechanical properties of the cell wall, and how it provides mechanical cues for morphogenesis.

In this workshop we will present a group of finite element method (FEM) simulations used to understand the mechanical structure of plant cells and tissues, and to perform biomechnical experiments in silico. In the simplest case, since plant cells are thin walled pressure vessels, the stress in the plant cell wall is closely related to the shape and size of the cells. This means that we can use simulations to visualize an approximation of cell wall stresses in planta, which are otherwise inaccessible experimentally. This can be done using templates extracted from bioimage data, such as confocal microscopy, simplifications of such data, or with abstract geometric cellular templates. Another experiment often used to estimate the stiffness of the cell wall is osmotic treatment. By releasing turgor pressure and measuring the deformation of the cells, an estimate of the wall stiffness can be obtained if the pressure is known. The pressure can be determined by using an independent measure, such as micro-indentation (ie. Cellular Force Microscopy (CFM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) with large tips). Finally, many studies directly measure the cell wall by excising and stretching the tissue with a device called an extensometer, where you measure the force while applying a specific deformation. In this workshop we will manipulate simulations of all of these experiments, and explore the often unintuitive nature of pressurized cellular solids (plants).

The modeling software used is called MorphoMechanX (www.MorphoMechanX.org) that is closely integrated with the imaging software MorphoGraphX (www.MorphoGraphX.org). With this in mind, if any participants have fully segmented 3D stacks they would like to perform in-silico mechanical experiments on, they are welcome to bring them for the group work. "2.5" segmented projections can also be extruded into 3D for analysis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.lorentzcenter.nl/modeling-shape-and-size-in-biological-development.html
 
Description Morley Farm Open 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 Invitation to display research outputs on Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle at the Morley Farm Open day. Attended with student conducting the research. Discussed our findings on flea beetle and other relevant aspects of our research with farmers and agronomists who were interested in relation to growing oilseed rape. Questions were raised and we were invited to collect beetles from various farms. Two way interactions allowed us to improve our working knowledge of beetles in the field and gave farmers insights into beetle lifecycle and pests helping us to inform and farmers to implement integrated pest management approaches.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://tmaf.co.uk/morley-innovation-day/
 
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 NFU discussion on translation of Brassica research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited to speak to the South Norfolk NFU group about Brassica research and it's implications for the national farming community. Discussions on our research into pod shatter, flea beetle, temperature effects on oilseed rape and improving yield were well received and sparked many questions and ideas on how best to tackle some of the challenges farmers are facing growing oilseed rape. We also discussed the the technologies e.g. CRISPR we our both using and developing and how this would provide benefits in the years to come. This included a two way exchange of ideas on how best to manage their challenges and what they would find useful in our future research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description New Breeding Technologies - the case for Genome Editing invited Visit to NFU VI meeting 
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 Attendance of a Meeting of the NFU Voluntary Initiative with a colleague. Networking and discussion about JIC science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Newspaper article - EDP How parasitic wasps could help farmers kill a problematic pest 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Newspaper article in Eastern Daily Press - Local Paper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Norwich Science Festival 
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 Norwich Biomakers exhibit at the Norwich Science Festival, presented by PhD student Emma McKechnie-Welsh
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Norwich Science Festival 
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 Engagement activities with Norwich Science Festival on how genetics influences how plants grow and plant form
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description OREGIN stakeholders and management meetings 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attended OREGIN stakeholder meeting. Involved in OREGIN management commitee.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description OSR Rescue Industry Roundtable - follow up meeting Presentation Breeding for pest resistance NFU2020 
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 Meeting of the NFU working group in response to the crisis in the oilseed rape industry caused by the withdrawal of neonicitinoids and subsequent lack of control of cabbage stem flea beetle. Good discussion had throughout the meeting and request for further information received. Have since interacted with member of the group to look at the development of future research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 as invited speaker to the Women of the Future 2019 event held at the John Innes Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Women of the Future event was designed to inspire yr-10 girls to inspire their future career as STEMM professionals.
2/3 of the 150 participants said they'd be more likely to consider a STEMM career as a result of the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/training-careers/work-experience/women-of-the-future/
 
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 Plant Genomics Conference (Nanchang, China) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Plant Genomics Conference (Nanchang, China)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Plant Science Deparment Seminar, University of Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Plant puzzle cell shape is an adaptation to a developmental constraint based on mechanical stress and isotropic growth

Shape in an organism is often thought to be closely related to its function. The puzzle-shaped epidermal cells that appear in the epidermis of many plants are a striking example of a complex cell shape, however their functional benefit to the plant has remained elusive. We propose that the creation of these complex shapes is an effective strategy to reduce mechanical stress in the cell wall. Although the formation of these shapes requires highly anisotropic and non-uniform growth at the sub-cellular level, it appears to be triggered by isotropic growth at the organ level. A re-analysis of recently published data suggests that this constraint is conserved among the land plants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Plant Science Department Seminar University of Oxford 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Plant puzzle cell shape is an adaptation to a developmental constraint based on mechanical stress and isotropic growth

The puzzle-shaped cells that appear in the epidermis of many plants are a striking example of a complex cell shape. Since shape in an organism is often thought to be closely related to its function, it suggests that these unusual shapes must have some functional benefit to the plant. We propose that the creation of these complex shapes is an effective strategy to reduce mechanical stress in the cell wall. Although the formation of these shapes requires highly anisotropic and non-uniform growth at the sub-cellular level, it appears to be triggered by isotropic growth at the organ level. Analysis of cell shape over multiple species is consistent with the idea that the puzzle is in response to a developmental constraint, and that the mechanism is like to be conserved among higher plants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Podcast interview with Daily Mail on Covid-19 testing in Norwich 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Podcast interview with Daily Mail on Covid-19 testing in Norwich
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-daily-show-with-andrew-pierce/id1488665239?i=1000474468439
 
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 Podcast interview with Jane Perrone on Leaf and shape etc 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Podcast interview with Jane Perrone on Leaf and shape etc
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/5/29/episode-142-leaf-botany-part-one-shape
 
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 Presentation at University of Copenhagen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at University of Copenhagen
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at University of Lausanne 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at University of Lausanne
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation for university students and faculty at University of Wuhan, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation for university students and faculty at University of Wuhan, China
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presnetation at agronomy farming conference - Norwich 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation on the Challenges facing oilseed rape and current UK research around cabbage stem flea beetle. Approx 70-100 attendees. Good discussion follwoing talk and in break out session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Press Release - Research Gets to the Heart of Organ Shape in Nature 
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 Press release to explain to a general audience how our research is improving understanding of how plant organ shape is controlled.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/research-gets-to-the-heart-of-organ-shape-in-nature/
 
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 - parasitic wasp discovery offers chemical-free pest control for farmers 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release detailing publication of new parasitic wasp which controls cabbage stem flea beetle, a major pest of the crop oilseed rape. Was picked up nationally with a reach of over 22 million.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/parasitic-wasp-discovery-offers-chemical-free-pest-control-for-f...
 
Description Press release: "Big data harvesting tool will deliver smart farming" 
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/news/big-data-harvesting-tool-will-deliver-smart-farming/
 
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: "John Innes Centre researchers awarded Royal Society University Research Fellowships" 
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 Reflections on a major career milestone after being awarded prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news/john-innes-centre-researchers-awarded-royal-society-university-research-f...
 
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 RSB Plant Sciences working group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Involved in meetings of the RSB Plant Sciences working group. Regular input into RSB Plant Science development/policy on behalf of UK Brassica Research community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 SIGA Congress Angelo Bianchi 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Over 100 attendants and discussion of new tools for wheat genomic research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description School visit (NDPS) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact discussion with year 6 students on gene editing and genetics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 Scientific Soft Skills workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Scientific Soft Skills workshop in Cairo
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 Seventh Symposium on Plant Molecular Genetics (Sao Paolo, Brazil) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Brazilian Plant Genetics Scientific Community is hosting its Seventh Symposium on Plant Molecular Genetics, which will be held in Campos do Jordão, São Paulo, Brazil, from April 29 to May 3, 2019.

This is a joint effort between the Brazilian Genetics Society and the plant genetics scientific community to reinforce the need of Brazil to motivate the establishment of a strong research foundation in plant biology, given the importance of agriculture for the Brazilian economy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.sbg.org.br/en/events/vii-simposio-brasileiro-de-genetica-molecular-de-plantas/welcome
 
Description Skype interview with MSc student from Central St Martins University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Discussions and advice on carnivorous plants, our research and scientific thinking for creation of an installation exploring plants in the environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Smithsonian magazine coverage of modelling work on how plants make leaves 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Coverage of our Science publication on understanding how leaf shape evolved through the study of carnivorous plants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/deciphering-how-plant-genes-drive-weird-wonderful-dive...
 
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 - Flower Development Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar to present at a scientific conference on floral development in plants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Talk for the RSSV ASM (Research and Support Staff Voice Annual Science Meeting ) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The virtual talk was delivered to the wider community of Research and Support Staff at JIC and in parallel broadcasted to students at the nearby Wymondham college focussing on A-level science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 Three modules in Cambridge Plant Science undergraduate course 
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 Three modules in Cambridge Plant Science undergraduate course (last year course PLL1)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description UK-BRC stakeholder online meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact |Organised/Ran the UK-BRC stakeholders meeting online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Velcourt Agronomist annual conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Velcourt Agronomist annual conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Velcourt agronomists meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with agronomists to discuss curent work on oilseed rape, especially with regards to establishment and CSFB. Questions and discussions about thhe current issues for the UK crop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Virtual presentation and visit to University of Michigan 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Virtual presentation and visit to University of Michigan
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 Visit to field station by Bayer 
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 field station by Bayer. Multiple presentations from JIC staff. Work presented on Cabbage stem flea beetle and brassica. Many questions in response to talk and good feedback. Inquiries about future work and interaction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Visit to home educated students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Science discussion with home educated school children
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Year 10 Science Camp 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact We introduced year 10 science students to life as a scientist and working in our labs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/training-careers/work-experience/year-10-science-camp/
 
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 core skills workshop (2 days) as part of AfriPlantSci workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact core skills workshop (2 days) as part of AfriPlantSci workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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/