John Innes Centre


The John Innes Centre is a leading European centre for research into plant and microbial science. It is named after the philanthropist, John Innes. The Centre was formed by the merger of three institutions, the John Innes Institute, the Plant Breeding Institute and the Nitrogen Fixation Laboratory.

Keywords: John Innes; botany; microbial science; compost; genetics

Figure 1.

An aerial view of the John Innes Centre in 2006. Photo courtesy of Norwich BioScience Institutes.


Further Reading

Dick Kenneth A History of the John Innes Centre.‐and‐products/library/history‐jic.pdf

John Innes Centre (2007) A Short History of the John Innes Centre (1910–2005).

Lawrence WJC (1980) Catch the Tide: Adventures in Horticultural Research. London: Grower Books.

Olby R (1989) Scientists and Bureaucrats in the Establishment of the John Innes Horticultural Institution under William Bateson. Annals of Science 46: 497–510.

Olby R (1991) Social Imperialism and State Support for Agricultural Research in Edwardian Britain. Annals of Science 48: 509–526.

Palladino P (2002) Plants, Patients and the Historian: (Re)membering in the Age of Genetic Engineering, pp. 34–69. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Postgate J (1998) The origins of the unit of nitrogen fixation at the University of Sussex. Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London 52: 355–362.

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Marie, Jenny(Jul 2008) John Innes Centre. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003557]