Montpellier Tropical Biological Resource Centre

Context and issues

Last update: 3 February 2016

Biological Resource Centres (BRCs) bring together collections of biological samples (seeds, cells, blood, parasites, etc.) and information associated with them (geographical origin, identification, clinical data, etc.). These collections and resources are a true scientific heritage and are indispensable materials for much research on biodiversity, health and agriculture.

Specific structures of primary importance for research and its applications

Biological resource centres consist of scientific teams, administrative support and specific equipment for storing samples and processing the data associated with those samples. They are housed in dedicated facilities sometimes located within hospitals or laboratories and research institutions.

The Montpellier Tropical Biological Resource Centre (Montpellier TBRC) has gradually developed major reference collections for the study of biodiversity and its applications in the field of agronomy. It was granted the IBiSA label in March 2009 under the name Montpellier Tropical Biological Resource Centre (TBRC), and it has also been certified under standard NF S 96-900 “Quality of biological resource centres” since September 2011. Since then it has been the first crop BRC for the introduction, preservation and distribution of seeds (rice and sorghum in particular).

Major issues

Montpellier TBRC houses plant collections that represent the diversity of genetic material contained in traditional varieties and modern cultivars, in plant material used by breeders and in wild relatives of crops. This diversity is a priceless heritage whose preservation is a key strategic issue for all vital activities, especially for plant breeding facing agronomic challenges.

To best fulfill its mission, Montpellier TBRC must meet the high standards of quality and expertise required by the international scientific community and industry for the delivery of biological materials and information. This requires the monitoring of a strict quality policy. It must also comply with the rules controlling access to genetic resources and their transfer, in order to best implement the existing regulations, including those defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity and by the health and biosafety regulations.

Last update: 3 February 2016

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