From the soil to our health, Norwich Research Park’s vision is to change lives and rethink society through pioneering research and innovation, reframing the future of research.
We have 3,000 scientists, researchers and clinicians working at the cutting edge of understanding human, plant and soil health, food production and synthetic biology. They are part of a unique community that includes a major university teaching hospital (the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), a leading university (the University of East Anglia) and four internationally significant research institutes: John Innes Centre, Quadram Institute, Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory. Taken together, they form one of Europe’s largest centres for research, innovation, education and commercialisation in the food and health sector.
The concentration of over 3,000 world-leading scientists coupled with the capability for multidisciplinary research is a significant strength for the Park, as are the world-leading capabilities within the agri-tech sector of its institutes.
New partners and innovative businesses are continually attracted to Norwich Research Park because of its ability to accelerate the growth of businesses via access to finance and shared facilities, cost-effective accommodation and the opportunity to collaborate with its Partners.
Institute scientists are at the forefront of global agri-tech research, engaging in multiple projects, which have a major impact in addressing the global challenges of food security. For example:
CROP YIELD AND PERFORMANCE
Genomic analysis, bioinformatics and mathematical modelling has advanced understanding of how genes influence crop yield. Using environmental monitoring, advanced imaging and IoT-based technologies enables researchers to evaluate crop performance, direct breeding strategies and optimise crop management regimes.
New insights into plant genetics and metabolism, combined with nutritional and clinical studies, generates opportunities to increase the quality and value of both specialty and commodity crops.
Advances in understanding plant-microbe interactions help to deliver agricultural benefit through development of new treatments and products that improve plant and soil health.
Advanced techniques such as gene editing enable researchers to improve crop traits which are difficult to achieve with classical breeding, while speed breeding significantly reduces R&D costs and time to market for new varieties. Genome mining, metabolic engineering and synthetic biology enable the development of plant biomanufacturing platforms for products used in health, industry and agriculture.
Advances in our understanding of the genetic basis for resilience, ability to perform under pressure from pests, pathogens, poor nutrition and adverse environmental conditions is supporting breeders to develop improved crop varieties that will improve the sustainability of agricultural production.