In a fast-moving global environment, the ability to produce improved planting material suited to different and changing agricultural conditions, and to new requirements, is an absolute priority. Genetic improvement is also a true scientific challenge. Genomics, information technology and mathematical modelling are opening up new avenues for studying the relations between genetic diversity, agronomic performance and response to selection. Establishing relevant partnerships is a challenge in itself. The AGAP unit encompasses a wide range of skills and is a leading platform for applied plant biology and genetics.

Agrumes corses
VL hyb 180 et variété locale.
Soleil racinaire. Radicule cultivée en hydroponie sur milieu 1/10 MS. © Cirad, M. Auzon-Cape.
Diverses espèces de Vitis sp. à l'automne. © Cirad.T. Lacombe
Nain Rouge Cameroun. © Cirad, L. Baudouin
Plantation d'eucalyptus Exploitation du bois. © Cirad, D. Louppe
Hévéa, variété clonale GT1. © Cirad, A. Clément-Demange
Inflorescence du bananier “Pahang” qui a été utilisé pour produire la séquence de référence. © Cirad, A. D'Hont

Thirteen research teams are working on tropical and Mediterranean crops (rice, wheat, sorghum, sugarcane, banana, coconut, oil palm, yam, coffee, rubber, cacao, cotton, apple, grapevine, olive, forest species, eucalyptus, etc.), covering a very broad range of biological characteristics and uses by farmers. The unit is backed up by biological resources centres and technological platforms.

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