PlantResponse™ has achieved a new success by being awarden an iCASE studentship in a competitive field. These awards are led by the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC), who choose a non-academic partner who can offer students a placement related to their research. Non-academic partners (e.g., industry) must provide structures so that researchers  have an opportunity to learn and to develop their innovative projects.

The selection criteria are stringent, and organizations must show that they will actually provide the experience and knowledge to the researcher. Companies like Syngenta, Novartis, Bayer, and Waters are among the organizations that applied for this scholarship program of the BBSRC´s, Industrial CASE Studentship.

Today, we are proud to announce that PlantResponse has met all requirements and has been granted an iCASE Studentship.

Plant´s innate immunity against pathogens is a research field that is booming. PlantResponse, as experts in this technology, has access to pathology laboratories and greenhouses with unique conditions. This provides a perfect setting for the project “Microbial elicitors as vaccines for crops” presented by Dr. Cyril Zipfela, researcher at The Sainsbury Laboratories,  and a PlantResponse collaborator.

This relationship with the BBSRC points to a promising future for PlantResponse. Our focus is on international markets and we already have agreements to commercialize our technologies with other companies worldwide, including in the UK.

This project will also enable PlantResponse to establish new communication channels with other institutions, companies and organizations, opening new lines of research and business opportunities.

What is BBSRC?

BBSRC is one of the seven research councils that work together as Research Councils UK (RCUK). Funded by the UK government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the BBSRC annually invests around £ 470m in a wide range of research projects and has important partners in industry, including agricultural, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

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