Families invited to open day at John Innes Centre in Norwich as it marks its 50th anniversary

A scientific research park in Norwich opened its doors to children and adults over the weekend to ma

A scientific research park in Norwich opened its doors to children and adults over the weekend to mark its 50th anniversary. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A scientific research park in Norwich opened its doors to children and adults over the weekend to mark its 50th anniversary.

Visitors to the John Innes Centre had the chance to extract DNA, hunt for new antibiotics and learn more about the importance of insects.

As part of the weekend open day, they were also given guided tours of its laboratories and greenhouses, as well as access to its rare books collection.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the centre's relocation from Bayfordbury in Hertford to Norwich.

Since then it has made a wealth of significant global breakthroughs in the world of food, farming and health.


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They include A 'semi-leafless' pea bred at the institute led to easier harvests and less damage from fungal disease, and the creation of an antioxidant-rich purple tomato.

For more information about the John Innes Centre visit: www.jic.ac.uk

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