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INRA’s genetic resource collectors

INRA’s genetic resource collectors

Updated on 02/22/2018
Published on 02/20/2018

From 24 February to 4 March, more than 250 researchers, engineers and technicians will be sharing their research to conserve, characterise and exploit genetic diversity at INRA’s stand at the Paris International Agricultural Show. Get an inside look at these experts through a series of portraits and videos about them.

Genetic resources…

Plants, animals and microbes have always been among us in the soil and water. Many cohabitate with people and help us eat, move, heal, dress and more. Over time, farmers and artisans have tamed and selected them. Today, these living organisms may be widely used or rare, threatened or poorly understood, but they are all potential treasures that we may be able to use in new ways, to fight new diseases in new climates. 

…A legacy of our past, the essence of our future

They bear witness to our shared past and are a fount of new knowledge and innovation, making it critical that we preserve them. For more than 50 years, researchers at INRA have collected samples of cereals, seeds, yeast and more known as “genetic resources”. Scientists observe and describe them to gain insight into the diversity of the living world to benefit from it without depleting it.
A total of 23 research units will be represented at INRA’s stand to talk about the Institute’s research on plant, forest, animal, microbial and environmental genetic resources. Visitors can also learn about INRA’s research disciplines and career opportunities, which run the gamut from vocational roles to positions requiring a PhD. Whether you want to be a technician or an engineer, are just starting your career as a scientist or are a seasoned researcher, come find out how you can join INRA. You can meet our research teams who work to develop research that aligns with society’s major concerns, supports public policymakers and public debate, and leads the way to innovation for farmers and citizens.

Le Centre Internationational de Ressources Microbiennes (CIRM), collection de levures à Grignon. © MAITRE  Christophe

For more information

INRA has accumulated a significant amount of genetic resources - plant, microbial and animal – to fuel the Institute’s research. It is committed to building biological resource centres (BRCs), and plays an active role in preserving biological diversity.
> Genetic and biological resources: read the report

L'Inra au Salon international de l'agriculture 2018

INRA at the 2018 International Agricultural Show

This year, the genetic resources which serve agriculture and food are in the spotlight at INRA's stand.
See you on stand n°87, Pavilion 4, aisle B from 24 February to 4 March 2018. Paris, Parc des expositions, Porte de Versailles, from 9am to 7pm.
Follow INRA at the 2018 International Agricultural Show on Twitter, with the hashtag #SIA2018.

Symposium and meetings: on the agenda

This year, the scientific symposium is on: "The diversity of agricultures". It is on Tuesday 27 February, from 2pm to 6.30pm.

Some ten presentations on the INRA stand will describe collaborations between the Institute, its socioeconomic partners and civilian society, from Monday 26 February to Friday 2 March.

> For more information

Working at INRA

INRA is recruiting the best talents

Permanent positions are offered. At all levels of qualifications, INRA is reinforcing its teams and is recruiting:

> Find out more about recruitment opportunities
> For more information about professions at INRA: