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Projet Inter -Trop

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The project

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INTER-TROP: a network project, aiming to link Cirad, INRA and IRD with their Biological Resources Centers in the tropics.

Cirad, INRA and IRD have gathered tropical crops accessions for a very long time in different areas. They are now conserved in Biological Resources Centers (BRC). To become more visible, these organisations cooperate in the Inter-Trop project, and share skills and processes in the fields of quality control and security of the collections.

The partners develop shared management tools, and an information system showing the available plant material.

This 2 year project is funded by the IBiSA group, and involves teams disseminated from the Indian Ocean to the Caribbean Sea: VATEL BRC in the Reunion Island (vanilla, garlic, vegetables), Coffee BRC in lthe Reunion & Montpellier, Tropical BRC in Montpellier (rice, sorgho), Perennial Plant BRC in French Guyana (cocoa, coffee, heveas) and Tropical Plant BRC in Guadeloupe & Martinique (pineapple, banana, sugarcane, yams, mangos).

The opening meeting was held in Montpellier in March 2010, and also dealt with the interoperability of information systems on biodiversity and genetic resources. Scientists, computer specialists, non-governmental association representatives and jurists shared their experiences during this meeting.

Expected results
  • To improve the safety of the infrastructures and the sanitary control of the conserved accessions

  • To get ISO certification

  • To develop IT tools for the management of the collections and the traceability of material movements

  • To better communicate with the general and scientific public, to disseminate the accessions and to develop partnerships

What is a BRC ?

An organisation which conserves and supplies biological resources, in the respect of national and international rules.
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