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Genetic modification of plants

Plant genetic modification is an important research technique used to analyse the function of genes and a technology capable of producing crops with beneficial properties such as disease-resistance or the ability to withstand environmental pressures. With appropriate biosafety governance, such crops can benefit developing countries.

The John Innes Centre (JIC) is the only place in the UK, and one of only a few worldwide, with the capacity to introduce different genes into a wide variety of species. It has excellent resources, including tissue culture facilities, controlled environment growth facilities, containment glasshouses and field trial sites suitable for GM trials. The ability to translate fundamental science questions studied in model systems to crop species grown in the glasshouse and field trials, is a particular JIC strength.

The BRACT plant transformation facility provides crop transformation resources to the research community worldwide. These resources include constructs, training, opportunities for collaborative projects and a full crop transformation service.