Sainsbury Laboratory

Sainsbury Laboratory

Sainsbury Laboratory

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The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) located at the John Innes Centre (JIC) in Norwich, Norfolk, England is a world leading institute working on plant-microbe interactions.. TSL has research groups working on aspects of plant disease, plant disease resistance and microbial symbiosis in plants.


An agreement was signed in 1987, setting up the Laboratory as a joint venture between the Gatsby Charitable Foundation (Gatsby), the John Innes Foundation (JIF), the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Agricultural and Food Research Council (now BBSRC). The current laboratory building was constructed at the John Innes Centre and occupied in 1989. Although it is a separate legal entity, the Laboratory participates fully in the life of the John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia.

From its inception, the SL has been generously supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Gatsby, one of The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, currently focuses its grantmaking on a limited number of fields. In addition to plant science, these include technical education, economic and social research, disadvantaged children, mental health, cognitive neuroscience, work in sub-Saharan Africa and a few institutions in the Arts. In the mid 1980s the Gatsby trustees decided to establish the Sainsbury Laboratory to investigate plant interactions with microbes and viruses, using state-of-the-art genetics and molecular biology techniques. This topic was chosen...
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