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February 2019

New low-gliadin wheat acceptable to people with gluten sensitivity and also shows potential beneficial effects on the gut microbiome, compared with a gluten-free diet

Aiming for a wheat that is safe for people with coeliac disease and other gluten-sensitive individuals to consume, Professor Francisco Barro and colleagues of the CSIC Institute for Sustainable Agriculture in Cordoba, Spain have developed transgenic wheat lines in which the gliadin proteins (the gluten elements responsible for the damaging immune response of people with coeliac disease) have been strongly, and specifically, supressed.

Now, a study published in December 2018 in the journal Nutrients  has shown that fresh bread, made from the new wheat line, causes no negative response in non-coeliac gluten sensitive (NCGS) individuals when consumed regularly over several days.  The bread was considered highly palatable by the trial participants. Moreover, in addition to the success in not triggering any acute gut symptoms, analysis of gut microbial populations demonstrated that the low-gliadin bread caused clear changes in the microbial profile consistent with a more beneficial population of natural bacteria, when compared to the profile present whilst consuming a gluten-free diet.

Please click here to read the article in full.

For enquiries regarding the low-gliadin wheat (PBL Tech 10.512), please contact Plant Bioscience Limited on +44 (0)1603 45600, or via email info@pbltechnology.com.

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August 2018

Nature publication for PBL’s GRF4 technology from IGDB, China

Homoeostatic co-regulation of C/N balance in crops is controlled by GRF4-DELLA interaction.  Enhanced N-use/uptake and C-assimilation in high-yielding semi-dwarf varieties.

Inventors of the GRF4 technology (Tech ID 17.624) have published their most recent work in Nature.  The article is entitled Modulating plant growth–metabolism coordination for sustainable agriculture, and further news can be found here Seeding a new green revolution.

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For more information or for commercial opportunities, please contact Dr Jan Chojecki.

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March 2017

New breed of wheat could be key to unlocking vital nutrients in cereals

A study funded by PBL at Nottingham Trent University shows that specially-bred wheat could help provide some of the key nutrients essential for healthy bones in poultry, reducing the need to supplement the feed.  The wheat was originally identified and has been further characterised by Aarhus University.

PBL is now working with partners in the plant breeding and feed industry to bring this exciting innovation into use.

Please click here to read the article in full.

For more information on High Phytase Cereals (PBL Tech 12.533) please click here or contact Dr Jan Chojecki.


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March 2017

Potatoes with Late Blight Protection receive EPA and FDA clearance

J.R. Simplot Company have announced that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have completed their independent reviews and granted registrations and clearances for three varieties of Simplot’s second generation of INNATE® potatoes.

Please click here to read the article in full.

The late blight resistant genes were isolated at the Sainsbury Laboratory by Jonathan Jones and co-workers in collaboration with Wageningen University. The technology, consisting of multiple late blight resistance genes, offers the best opportunity to protect potatoes and tomatoes against late blight infections with the potential of substantially reducing the use of fungicide applications and increasing crop yields.

For more information, or to licence these late-blight resistance genes, please contact Dr Lars von Borcke. PBL Tech 07.425 / 07.426.

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March 2017

PBL Announces New Technology Framework Agreement with Calyxt, Inc to accelerate innovation uptake

Norwich, UK, March 9, 2017 -- Plant Bioscience Limited (PBL) is delighted to announce  the signing of a technology framework agreement with Calyxt, Inc, a Minnesota-based company developing healthier food products to benefit both consumers and growers. The agreement aims to expand Calyxt’s intellectual property (IP) portfolio by including new product-based IP from academic institutions around the world. Under the new agreement, PBL will offer newly developed technologies to Calyxt for evaluation and possible acquisition.

Please click here to read the article in full.

For more information, please contact Rebecca McIntosh.

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January 2017


Doors open at PBL’s new joint venture spin-out: Leaf Systems International 

Leaf Systems International Ltd was today officially opened by Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.

PBL’s Managing Director, Dr Jan Chojecki said “Leaf Systems is a great example of how fundamental research in plant science can have far-reaching applications with huge potential benefits to mankind.  It also highlights the quality of the innovation infrastructure supporting UK science to develop strong intellectual property and deliver economic impact.”

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities,
Science, Research and Innovation and Melanie Welham, Chief Executive of BBSRC
 Leaf Systems International Ltd

Please click here for the full article.

More links: Eastern Daily Press article; John Innes Centre article; Leaf Systems website; Molecular Pharming: High Level Plant Protein Expression (CPMV-HT).

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November 2016

Yangling Agricultural Fair & UK China Agritech Innovation Forum

PBL were represented at the 23rd China Yangling Agricultural Hi-tech Fair in November 2016, the largest exhibition of this kind which is co-hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and others. As part of the event, PBL’s Lars von Borcke participated in the UK China Policy Roundtable event, organised by the British Embassy Beijing and attended by the Chinese Ministry of Science & Technology as well as a range of eminent Chinese Scientists.

The event, and the subsequent UK China Agritech Innovation Forum, attended by scientists and many companies, was an excellent opportunity for PBL to further build on our connections with the Chinese science community and establish new contacts with Chinese agricultural companies.

For more information, please contact Dr Lars von Borcke.

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October 2016

Establishment of Leaf Systems International Limited

Established as a joint venture between PBL, JIC and the BBSRC, Leaf Systems is a new company that will deliver both translational and commercial R&D projects utilising the proprietary Hypertrans® plant expression technology.

Hypertrans® is used for the production of high-value products in plant tissues, and was developed by Prof George Lomonossoff and Dr Frank Sainsbury at the JIC, winning them the BBSRC Innovator of the Year Award in 2012. The technology is already in commercial
use for the development and manufacture of human and animal vaccines. Leaf Systems will act as a bridge between academic and commercial users of the Hypertrans® system, building on existing avenues of exploitation and developing new and exciting applications for its use, such as plant metabolic engineering.

A bespoke building is taking shape on the Norwich Research Park to house the company, and Leaf Systems will open its doors for business in Q1 2017.

For more information, please contact Dr Martin Stocks or Leaf Systems Operations Director, Dr Philip Cater.

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