IFR Websites

The IFR has produced and manages a number of websites to communicate its science to a variety of stakeholder groups. Listed below are websites that are maintained and/or coordinated by IFR.


  • Funded by the BBSRC, IFR and the John Innes Centre have jointly developed an exhibition and website on the history of wheat and the impact this important crop has had on mankind and the planet.

Analytical Sciences

  • The Analytical Sciences Unit (ASU) provides the Institute of Food Research with state-of-the-art instrumentation across several platform technologies, including infrared (IR), low- and high-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and a range of hyphenated techniques (LC-MS, GC-MS).


  • IFR BioMed provides a portal for the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries to link with internationally renowned researchers working in biomedical research based on the Norwich Research Park. IFR BioMed can facilitate interactions with researchers working in areas associated with the biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences to enable collaborative, pre-competitive research and knowledge exchange.

Biorefinery Centre

  • The Biorefinery Centre is located within IFR and has a Cambi™ Steam Explosion Pilot Plant and yeast screening and propagation facility for R&D into production and commercialisation of biofuels and fibrous material from lignocellulose (biomass).

Campylobacter research group

  • This webspace is dedicated to the Campylobacter research group at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) in Norwich, United Kingdom. On this website you will find information about our research, the members of our group, and lists of our publications and other output


  • ComBase is a major international initiative to coordinate the collection and dissemination of food microbiology data. It is a collaboration between the Food Standards Agency and the Institute of Food Research, UK, and the USDA Agricultural Research Service and its Eastern Regional Research Center, USA.

Computational Microbiology

  • The IFR's Computational Microbiology Team applies advanced mathematical, statistical and computational tools to food microbiology research. Research includes (i) Predictive Microbiology, a quantitative approach to food microbiology; (ii) Modelling Microbial Complexity and Variability by network analysis and stochatic processes; and (iii) Biostatistical Analysis of microarray data

Decrypting the Villus

  • A multidisciplinary approach to studying crypt-villus. The aim of this BBSRC funded project is to study the mechanisms regulating the continuous renewal of the intestinal epithelium in physiological conditions and its recovery following injury. This understanding will contribute to the identification of strategies for maintaining the health and preventing diseases of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.


  • The European Food Information Resource Network is a European Union-funded Network of Excellence co-ordinated by IFR, with over 50 Partners from academia, industry and governmental laboratories.  Its main objective has been to develop a European food information platform with direct access to the disparate national databases, and the ability for data retrieveability/exchange between Member States. Its FP6 funding currently finishes at the end of 2009 and it has well-developed plans for continuing as a stand-alone resource (EuroFIR AISBL).

Food Databanks

  • The Food Databanks National Capability is supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). It is vital for UK public health with respect to understanding patterns and trends in food composition and consumption, their effects on health and the development of healthier food products. A National Capability is an area of significant knowledge and expertise which is publicly funded for the benefit of the nation.

Food and Health Programme

  • This research programme focuses on the links between the chemical and physical nature of fresh and processed foods and our health. It considers the main classes of food polymers that function as both structural components and nutrients – lipids, protein and carbohydrates, as well as ‘non-nutrient’ bioactive compounds which are often responsible for the varied colour, flavour and fragrances of our fruit and vegetables. It combines this research with studies on how to exploit food ‘waste’ as a source of energy and valuable compounds.

Food and Health Network 

  • The Network, launched in 2001, is IFR's major initiative to increase its engagement with the food industry - IFR scientists interact with industrial colleagues  in meetings which provide a unique opportunity for discussion between our diverse stakeholders (often with opposing views) and our research base dealing with many of the current controversial topics in food and health.

Food Chain Sustainability Special Interest Group

  • IFR is a key partner and maintains within the group whose ambition is to provide a one-stop-shop for information on sustainability in the food chain. The aim of the website is to be the first port of call for all issues surrounding food waste and to provide useful and helpful information to all those visiting the site.

Food Safety Centre

Gut Health and Food Safety Programme

  • This research programme includes researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Imperial College, London. It aims to provide new, fundamental information on how the Gut functions and protects itself against invading microorganisms.


  • HOOCH is a 4-year research programme, funded by the Defra Renewable Materials LINK programme & HGCA, and aims to develop, evaluate and support the commercial exploitation of tailored approaches for converting different sources of agri-food-chain waste lignocellulose into so-called second-generation bioalcohols for the automotive industry.

IFR Extra

  • IFR Extra provides, in response to industry requests, a rapid contract research and trouble shooting service to companies in the food and allied sectors. If you have a problem, big or small, please contact us. We have experts who can help you with a wide range of problems backed up by the extensive state-of-the-art equipment at IFR.


  • MEDPOL “Molecular Dissection of Immunomodulatory Function of Polysaccharides” is a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship based at the Institute of Food Research. This website is a blog maintained by Norihito Kawasaki

Microarray Facility

  • IFR is a world leader in the DNA microarray analysis of Salmonella and Campylobacter gene expression. We aim to maintain and build on our state-of-the-art functional genomic capability and apply it to advance the fundamental biology of Campylobacter and Salmonella.

Molecular Microbiology of Salmonella

  • This webspace is dedicated to the Salmonella research group at the Institute of Food Research. On this website you will find information about our research interests, the members of our group, and lists of our publications, links and other outputs.

National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC)

  • NCYC is the UK's premier collection of yeast cultures, holding over 4000 strains collected over 50 years. It has large collections of brewing and baking yeast, genetically-defined yeast (used in many applications including cancer research), yeast associated with food spoilage and yeast of medical and industrial importance. It is a National Capability supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). A National Capability is an area of significant knowledge and expertise which is publicly funded for the benefit of the nation.

News Blog

  • All the latest news and views from IFR.

Optimising mushroom spawn production in Uganda

  • A project coordinated by IFR's Pradeep Malakar. It aims to improve the diets of Ugandans, increase the income of Ugandan farmers and create a sustainable trade through training.These objectives will be achieved by providing farmers with a stable supply of high quality mushroom spawn, which will in turn improve the development and diversification of mushroom cultivation in Uganda.

Scanning Probe Microscopy

  • Scanning probe microscopy methods are used at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) to study complex biological systems that are of importance in food and agriculture. Probe microscopes are used, in conjunction with a variety of other biophysical techniques, in order to explain the behaviour of biological structures at the molecular level.

Superbroccoli - Beneforté

  • www.superbroccoli.info presents the scientific evidence that leads IFR researchers to think diets rich in glucoraphanin could protect against a number of chronic conditions.  Beneforté broccoli was bred to reliably deliver 2-3 times more glucoraphanin, and then commercially developed into one of the first consumer-focused, nutritionally-enhanced vegetable varieties to come to market.

Event websites

IFR Open Day 2012

  • In September 2012 the Institute of Food Research opened its doors and an estimated 1,700 people took the opportunity, over two days, to learn more about the exciting science being undertaken at IFR.

Total Food 2014

  • This is the fourth in a series of international conferences which focus on the sustainable exploitation of agri-food co-products and related biomass, thereby helping to minimise waste.

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