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Rosebush: Production of a high-quality genome reference sequence, an essential tool for plant breeding

An international consortium composed of 40 scientists, coordinated by INRA at Angers and gathering scientists from France (INRA, Agrocampus-Ouest,...
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The « Research Institute of Horticulture and Seeds » was created in Angers in January 2012, under the auspices of INRA, AGROCAMPUS OUEST and the University of Angers. Located in the heart of a major European horticultural and seed production basin in the « Pays de la Loire » region, the institute combines much of the plant biology research performed within the region. This large institute, consisting of 235 members, including 175 permanent staff, conducts research dealing with the quality and health of horticultural crops. The main subjects of study are roses and other ornamentals, pome-fruits and legumes, plant pathogens (bacteria and fungi), and seeds. The institute develops integrated approaches by coordinating the efforts and expert knowledge of the research teams within the areas of genetics, epigenetics, genomics, breeding, pathology, physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, eco-physiology, modelling, bioinformatics and statistics. The IRHS is a member of the federation of plant biology institutes “QuaSaV”, and of the competitiveness cluster “Végépolys”, which unites companies, research laboratories and institutions of higher education in the Loire Valley, joining their forces in innovative projects to enhance competitiveness of the sector.

Since 2014 the institute has set up new teams in bioinformatics and epigenetics, moved into the new laboratories and greenhouses facilities of the “Campus du Végétal”, and has developed a new phenotyping platform “Phenotic” dedicated to plant-pathogen interactions, horticultural crops and seeds.

Jean-Pierre Renou

OF PLANTS AND MENS: Video of research at RIHS

© IRHS - Emilie Mottais, Sandra Pelletier

CIRM-Plant Associated Bacteria: Video of the CIRM-CFBP

© UMR IRHS (Inra / Agrocampus Ouest / Université d'Angers) : Perrine Portier - INRA : Christophe Rocle