The National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA) is a French public research institute dedicated to agricultural science. It was founded in 1946 and is a Public Scientific and Technical Research Establishment under the joint authority of the Ministries of Research and Agriculture. Ranked the number one agricultural institute in Europe and number two in the world, INRA carries out mission-oriented research for high-quality and healthy foods, competitive and sustainable agriculture and a preserved and valorised environment.
The research activities of the BRESOV project will be carried out at the INRA Research Unit Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay (IPS2-INRA). IPS2-INRA is a leading Institute in Plant Sciences in France located in the dynamic campus of University Paris-Saclay. IPS2-INRA has state-of-the-art facilities for plant phenotyping with a recent greenhouse, chambers compatible with pathogen tests and growth rooms where various environments can be reproduced. IPS2 is also equipped with epigenomic, transcriptomic and metabolomic platforms.
The Geffroy group has a long history in common bean disease resistance gene mapping, mainly with the fungus Colletotrichum lindemuthianum, but also with the bacteria Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola and the virus Bean pod mottle virus. Recently, the group was involved in the sequencing of the common bean genome and adapted Virus Induced Gene Silencing (VIGS) functional validation tool to common bean and pea. In BRESOV, they will work on disease resistance genes against pathogens in common bean. In that context, disease resistance genes will be identified and molecular markers linked to them for Marker Assisted Selection will be developed.