A scientist whose work in identifying "cereal killers" has helped protect vital crops across the region has said it is a "phenomenal honour" to have been made an OBE.

Prof Diane Saunders, from the John Innes Centre, has been recognised in the King's Birthday Honours List in recognition of her scientific achievements and dedication to women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Prof Saunders, who has been based at the centre in the Norwich Research Park for a decade, pioneers research into plant pathogens that pose a threat to agriculture.

She has also set up a mentoring programme to address the lack of female representation in the wheat research sector - aiming to nurture the talent of women entering scientific fields.

She said: "It is a phenomenal honour to be recognised in this way, and really this recognition reflects the remarkable research accomplishments and dedication of each and every person who has worked in the incredible team that I have the privilege to lead."

Prof Graham Moore, director at the JIC, said he was "incredibly proud" to work alongside the new OBE.