The Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (Spain), the John Innes Centre (UK) and the Max Planck Institute (Germany) create an alliance to promote excellence in agricultural genomics research


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One of the objectives of the agreement between CRAG, JIC and MPIPZ is to contribute to the training of the new generation of scientists in plant biology, a key discipline to face current and future societal challenges

Three leading European plant science institutes from Spain, UK and Germany, have signed an agreement that will strengthen their relationship at scientific and institutional level, promoting the vision of a pan-continental European Research Area. Through this agreement an alliance between the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG), from Barcelona (Spain), the John Innes Centre (JIC), from Norwich (UK), and the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ), from Cologne (Germany), is born.

CRAG, JIC and MPIPZ recognise the importance of young researchers developing scientific networks across Europe. For this reason, the new alliance will focus first on enabling graduate students and post-doctoral researchers to work together, share experiences and move between the three centres.

The agreement also contemplates a biennial meeting of early-career researchers from CRAG, JIC and MPIPZ to share their research and facilitate the building of many new networks for the future. The firsts of these meetings will take place in Catalonia (Spain) in the Autumn of 2019.


About the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG)

The Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) is a centre that forms part of the CERCA system of research centers of the Government of Catalonia, and which was established as a partnership of four institutions: the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the Institute for Agri-Food Research and Technology (IRTA), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the University of Barcelona (UB). CRAG’s research spans from basic research in plant and farm animal molecular biology, to applications of molecular approaches for breeding of species important for agriculture and food production in close collaboration with industry. CRAG has been recognized as "Centro de Excelencia Severo Ochoa 2016-2019" by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness.


About the John Innes Centre (JIC)

John Innes Centre’s mission is to generate knowledge of plants and microbes through innovative research, to train scientists for the future, to apply this knowledge of nature’s diversity to benefit agriculture, the environment, human health and wellbeing, and engage with policy makers and the public. The John Innes Centre is strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).


About the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ)

The Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research carries out basic molecular biological research on plants. The goal of the Cologne-based scientists is to improve conventional breeding methods and to develop environmentally-friendly plant protection strategies for crops.


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