UMR 1334 AGAP, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)

INRA was founded in 1946 with the objective of using science and technology to develop agricultural production techniques and the genetic selection of plants and animals. Since then, with its 8.000 staff, INRA produces scientific knowledge and works for economic and social innovation in the areas of food, agriculture and the environment.

The INRA UMR AGAP is a mixed unit established in partnership with the International Centre for Agricultural Research and Development (CIRAD) and the Higher Education School Montpellier SupAgro. It has recognized expertise in Plant genetic resources management and genetics, and functional genomics and physiology of model traits involved in plant adaptation and development.

The Vitis team (DAAV) of UMR AGAP is in charge of the management and study of the worldwide largest Vitis germplasm collection (7000 accessions, 3000 Vitis vinifera varieties) and has the objectives of using this material to develop knowledge, methods and tools for genomic and marker-assisted selection of new high quality grape varieties.

Role and key persons: 

ESR4 will be hosted and supervised by Dr Jean-Pierre Péros and Dr Patrice This. The ESR4 will receive additional computational input from Gautier Sarah working with the AGAP Data Integration Team (10%).

Research facilities, infrastructure and equipment: 

The UMR AGAP has laboratory facilities for high quality DNA extraction for large number of individuals, construction of DNAseq, ddRADseq, RNASeq libraries and sequencing. Its Southgreen bioinformatic platform (ISO certification) is built around a high performance cluster with several servers. Various tools installed allow routine treatment of NGS sequences as well as variants detection, gene, protein domain and transposable element annotation and comparative genomics.