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A Biological Resource Centre for forage and turf species

In Lusignan, the Genetic Resources Centre managed by the Multidisciplinary Research Unit for Grasslands and Forage Crops (URP3F) has been accredited as a Biological Resource Centre (CRB) by the IbiSA Scientific Interest Group (Infrastructures in Biology, Health and Agronomy). It maintains approximately 1300 natural populations or ancient varieties of grasses, alfalfa and clover.

Collection du Centre de ressources biologiques (CRB) plantes fourragères et à gazon, géré par l'URP3F à Lusignan. © INRA, Armelle Pérennès
Updated on 01/12/2017
Published on 11/17/2014

In order to maintain the genetic diversity of forage and turf species and to make it available for scientific and breeding purposes, scientists inf the Multidisciplinary Research Unit for Grasslands and Forage Crops (URP3F) from Lusignan set up a Genetic Resources Centre (CRG) devoted to these species in 2008.  This Genetic Resources Centre holds a collection of 1300 accessions of grasses, alfalfa and clover maintained as  seed lots in cold storage. These accessions include natural populations and ancient varieties that are no longer cultivated today.

The seeds are stored on sliding shelves in cold rooms at 5°C.  A greenhouse divided into several isolated compartments offers conditions to produce seeds without any risk of crossing with external pollens.  Grants from the Poitou-Charentes Regional Council, INRA's Plant Biology and Breeding Division (BAP) and INRA's National Commission for Experimental Units (CNUE) have funded these major investments.

In September 2013, the CRG was accredited as a Biological Resource Centre (CRB) by the biSA Scientific Interest Group (Infrastructures in Biology, Health and Agronomy).

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Associated Division(s):
Plant Biology and Breeding
Associated Centre(s):
Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Poitiers