Seasonal cues such as day length and temperature influence how quickly plants grow and how well they can fend off pests and pathogens. Research by JIC has revealed the existence of a central signal sorting hub,
The rice blast pathogen destroys enough food to feed more than 60 million people every year – almost the population of the UK. However, it
Organic materials have an important role in stimulating biological activity and as a result yields increase quickly. This indicates that the value goes beyond its
A biological control system for beetle pests of peas and beans would reduce the need for blanket insecticide application and help to reduce the issues with resistance.
When attacked by aphids crop plants defend themselves by releasing more calcium to help repair the damaged cells. Professor Dale Sanders of John Innes Centre, one