Government hands John Innes Centre �2.5m

A research centre in Norwich has been given a �2.5m grant for work it is doing to develop new strains of cereal.

The money is included in �20m of life sciences investment announced today and will go to the John Innes Centre at the Norwich Research Park.

Minister for universities and science David Willetts said: 'Synthetic biology could provide solutions to the global challenges we face and offers significant growth opportunities in a range of important sectors from health to energy.

'However the commercialisation of basic science is largely untapped. This investment is part of the government's commitment to making the UK a world leader in the research and application of synthetic biology.

'It will help to ensure that academics and industry can realise its full potential.'

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The money will pay for research to develop strains of cereal that are less reliant on fertilizer.

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