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Partner 2/ INRA – IGEPP Institute of Genetics, Environment and Plant Protection

Partner 2/ INRA – IGEPP

Partner 2/ INRA – IGEPP Institute of Genetics, Environment and Plant Protection

A strong and ambitious community of more than 250 people with 60 scientists working on plant protection, genetics and environment

Towards new plant protection and culture systems taking into account sustainability, respect of the environment, and low input utilization

To link Research, Professional partnership and Training to reach our goals.

Diversity of professions: scientists, professors, technicians, students

An annual budget of approx 4 million euros (excluding salaries)

An unique and large multi-site research unit working in North-West of France on different crops (oilseed rape, forage peas, potatoes, bread wheat and legumes)

A research consortium between INRA, AGROCAMPUS OUEST and the University of Rennes


Crop protection is a major social and economic challenge for high quantity and quality of food production

Crop protection is essential to provide humans with healthy food with minor ecological effects on biodiversity and low contamination

Towards the reduction of pesticide use

Combination of academic and applied research is required for innovation


Challenges and goals

To develop integrated and complementary approaches for plant protection

To develop agroecology approaches for plant protection and culture systems

To develop sustainable plant resistance approaches

To develop sustainable agronomical approaches

Understanding biodiversity and genetics of organisms living in agroecosystems

Using knowledge on evolution and adaptation of plants, plant pests and their natural enemies

Deciphering the responses to abiotic and biotic stresses of plants, plant pests and their natural enemies


Stragegies: a continuum of approaches

“Diversity and evolution of plants and associated organisms”: to decipher and predict at the genome and population level adaptive and evolutionary processes in acroecosystems;

“Plant responses and adaptation of associated organisms to biotic and abiotic stresses”: to describe genetic and molecular bases of stress responses in plants, in order to decipher and predict adaptive processes involved in the interactions of plants with their environment;

“To understand and use the functioning of communities in interactions within agroecosystems to propose new plant protection methods”: to decipher the functioning of agrosystems by studying epidemics dynamics in order to support the design of new performing production systems for sustainable agriculture, integrating empirical innovations from farmers.


Integration of plant genetics and pathogens/pests ecology

Combination of different crops

Dialogs between disciplines

Genetics, genomics and bioinformatics

Plant pathology

Ecology, epidemiology, evolutionary biology and modeling

Physiology and biochemistry

IGEPP is composed of 5 research teams, 1 support team and 6 technological platforms


Center of Plant Genetics Resources (BrACySol):

Molecular Cytogenetics INRA (Plant Genetics and Breeding Division), and Biogenouest®

Metabolomics (P2M2): Biogenouest®

Information System for Insect Pests (ISyIP):

Greenhouses and experimental devices