The Unit

The Agap very large research unit, which was launched on 1st January 2011, is a joint research unit placed under the authority of three research and higher education establishments, focusing on the genetic improvement of tropical and Mediterranean plants: Cirad, Inra and Montpellier SupAgro. Staff from the Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique (INRIA), the Institut français de la vigne et du vin (IFV) and the Conservatoire botanique national méditerranéen de Porquerolles (CBN) also work within  Agap.

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  • The unit's scientific project

    Bouture FR1. © Cirad
    The unit endeavours to create the most suitable planting material for farming systems involving the main 20 tropical and Mediterranean species.

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  • Staff in France but also worldwide

    Lancement du projet cabaré en République Dominicaine. © Cirad.
    The AGAP very large research unit has a permanent staff of over 300, more than half of whom are senior scientists (researchers, engineers, lecturers-researchers) and over a third are technicians and non-managerial staff. It also hosts doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and technicians. The staff mostly work in mainland and overseas France, but some researchers are hosted by foreign partners.

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  • Organization around proficient infrastructures

    Robotic colony picker_genotypage. © Cirad
    The organization in thirteen scientific teams, and the grouping of technical platforms and support centres under the very large research unit, possessing proven specific skills on Mediterranean and tropical plants, makes for more coordinated interactions, but especially for closer relations between field resources, collections and technical facilities.

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  • A quality procedure

    © Afaq
    One of the prime objectives of the Agap joint research unit and its staff is to optimize hosting and working conditions in its installations, notably for the technical support centres and platforms.

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