Integrative approaches for varietal innovation


Last update: 6 April 2018

The progresses made in integrative biology, the increasing availability of data from high-throughput genotyping and phenotyping technologies and simulation tools (crop and genetic modelling) are opening up new prospects for variety creation programmes, in order to analyse the genetic bases of quantitative traits involved in the adaptation of plants, to define plant ideotypes, and to optimize novel material creation schemes.

The thematic field "integrative approaches for varietal innovation" of UMR AGAP gathers five research groups developing innovative concepts around

  • the mobilization of biodiversity for breeding,
  • the deployment of new breeding methodologies

The groups gathered in this thematic field are working on around 12 crops from the tropics and the Mediterrean, including cocoa, coffee, rubber, cotton, oil palm, banana, citrus, root and tubers, rice, sorghum and grapevine.

Changing disciplines to meet the new challenges of world agriculture

Varietal innovation is a major component for adapting agriculture to global changes. Coping with the magnitude of these coming changes, varietal improvement processes need to exhibit greater flexibility, in order to ensure faster and more precise development of products that are adapted to the constraints imposed by the biophysical environment, farming systems and users. Changing disciplines and technologies are making it possible to take up the challenges of world agriculture. Research activities are conducted within a large international partnership and rely on experimental facilities often located in the tropics.

Last update: 6 April 2018

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