Plant, Health and Food Research
There are four research institutions on the Park (including the John Innes Centre and Earlham Institute), a University, a Hospital and over 40 businesses. To have so much activity all on one single site within walking distance from each other makes us a unique centre for plant, food and health research.
Our researchers are trying to solve huge global challenges. Challenges like; ensuring that there’s enough food for our growing population, preventing and treating diseases and mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change. These are all things we should all care about, as they will increasingly impact our lives and the lives of others in the decades to come.
Every year huge amounts of crops are lost to many different factors like diseases, pests, extreme weather and soil erosion. Using scientific techniques and life science research like gene editing, researchers at the John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the Earlham Institute, and the University of East Anglia work on increasing our understanding of plants and their interactions to tackle this challenge.
Researchers at Norwich Research Park also study diseases like Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cancer and Myalgic Encephalitis (ME) to help understand what causes these diseases and how they can be treated.
Researchers across different organisations on the Park look at ways to mitigate the effects of climate change, and where that isn’t possible, look at ways to help society adapt to the changes that climate change will cause. Ensuring a sustainable future is central to the life science work at Norwich Research Park and our food and plant research is central to this endeavour.
To find out more about our life science research or how you can become part of the Norwich Research Park’s community please contact us today. Alternatively, take a look at the sectors below for more information.