Norwich Rust Group

The John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Genome Analysis Centre are working collaboratively to tackle rust fungi.


There are more than 7,000 species of rust fungi, including some of agriculture’s most devastating plant diseases such as Wheat Stem Rust, Wheat Stripe Rust and Asian Soybean Rust which all cause significant yield and financial losses. Rust fungi pose a significant challenge for growers and a serious threat to food security.


The Norwich Rust Group (NRG) brings together seven scientific teams from these leading institutes that all study rust fungi. The close proximity of the three collaborating institutes on the Norwich Research Park allows the seven teams to work as a single force, with rapid access to each others complementary expertise and technologies, and allows for joint appointments across institutes. Together, the Norwich Rust Group works with 52 collaborators in 23 countries around the world in order to develop new technologies and approaches to combat rust fungi in an efficient and durable way.