The Unit

The Agap very large research unit (Genetic Improvement and Adaptation of Mediterranean and Tropical Plants) is a joint research unit that was launched on 1 January 2011.

It employs 400 people carrying out scientific research of excellence in plant biology and genetics and produces knowledge to take up the major societal challenges facing agriculture in the South and North.

Agap is placed under the authority of three research and higher education establishments:  CIRADINRA and Montpellier SupAgro. Staff from the Institut français de la vigne et du vin (IFV) and the Conservatoire botanique national méditerranéen de Porquerolles (CBN) also work within Agap.

  • The Unit

    Champs thématiques de recherche UMR Agap. © Cirad, 2018
    In order to take up the challenges facing Mediterranean and tropical agriculture, the Agap Unit seeks to combine a wide diversity of skills, approaches and resources for cultivated plants that are better suited to diverse agrosystems.

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  • Staff and geographical locations

    Staff and geographical locations UMR Agap. © 2018
    The Agap Unit employs 400 people, including 300 permanent staff. Half are senior scientists and the Unit hosts PhD students and researchers, especially from the South. Most of the staff work in mainland and overseas France, and abroad as expatriates on partners’ premises.

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  • Partnerships

    Scientific partnership in Guinea. © J.-L. Pham, IRD
    The Agap Unit works in a strong national and international partnership in countries of the North and South. This partnership involves public and private stakeholders, in the fields of both research and academic teaching.

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  • Organization

    Functional analysis and genome editing platform, UMR Agap. © Cirad, 2017
    The Agap Unit is organized in scientific teams and is also involved in platforms. This overall set-up results in multiple exchanges between scientists, with technical laboratory facilities, and with field resources and collections of genetic resources. It is part of the Labex Agro (Agropolis) local network and the Géno-Vigne® joint technological unit.

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  • Quality procedure

    © Quality Safety Environment Agap
    One of the priority aims of the Agap Unit and its staff is to optimize the conditions for hosting and working on its premises, especially the platforms.

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