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Breeding for economically and environmentally sustainable maize varieties: an integrated approach from genomics to selection

2011 - 2019

AMAIZING is designed to support the competitiveness of the French maize breeding sector as well as to meet society demand for sustainability and quality. 
This ambitious project developed over a period of height years for a total investment of 27.5 million Euros by 24 partners has received a 9M€ grant from the French Stimulus Initiative. It brings together 14 public research units from various INRA sites across France as well as 9 partners from private companies and cooperatives, and 1 technical institute.
In an unprecedented effort, Amaizing will combine genetics, genomics, and ecophysiology analyses with high throughput phenotyping and genotyping to perform association studies and identify markers and candidate genes responsible for traits of agronomic interest such as yield, quality and tolerance to abiotic stress. The project will therefore bring knowledge, and breeding methods for creation of new varieties of improved maize.


Alain Charcosset
Agathe Renard
UMR GQE - Le Moulon (Centre INRA Versailles – Grignon) - France
UMR LEPSE - Montpellier (Centre INRA de Montpellier) - France
UMR AGAP - Montpellier (Centre INRA de Montpellier) - France
UMR SADV - Lille - France
UMR IJPB - Versailles (Centre INRA de Versailles-Grignon) - France
UMR BFP - Villenave d'Ornon (Centre INRA de Bordeaux) - France
UMR MIA-P - Paris (Centre INRA de Versailles-Grignon) - France
UMR MIA-J - Jouy-en-Josas (Centre INRA de Jouy en Josas) - France
LIPM - Castanet Tolosan (Centre INRA de Toulouse) - France
URGI - Versailles (Centre INRA Versailles-Grignon) - France
US EPGV - Evry (Centre INRA Versailles-Grignon) - France
UMR RDP - Lyon (Centre INRA Clermont-Ferrand-Theix- Lyon) - France
UMR GAEL - Grenoble (Centre INRA Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur) - France
Groupe d´Etude et de contrôle des Variétés Et des Semences - GEVES - Beaucouzé - France
Arvalis - Institut du végétal - Paris - France
Biogemma - Paris - France
Maïsadour Semences - Mont de Marsan - France
Caussade Semences - Caussade - France
Euralis Semences - Mondonville - France
Limagrain Europe - Verneuil l'Etang - France
Syngenta Seeds - Saint Sauveur - France
KWS France - Roye - France
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