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

2011 - 2019

BREEDWHEAT aims at strengthening the competitiveness of the French wheat breeding sector as well as to address the societal demand for sustainability, quality, and safety in agricultural production.

This pre-competitive project developed over a period of nine years for a total investment of 34 million Euros by 26 partners has received a 9M€ grant from the French Stimulus Initiative. It brings together 13 public research units from various INRA sites and Universities across France as well as 10 partners from private companies and cooperatives, 2 technical institutes, and the competitiveness cluster Céréale Vallée.

In an unprecedented effort, Breedwheat will combine genetics, genomics, and ecophysiology analyses with high throughput phenotyping and genotyping to perform association studies and identify markers and candidate genes for yield and quality traits under abiotic and biotic stress. Moreover, the BREEDWHEAT project will characterize and tap unexploited genetic resources to expand the diversity of the elite germplasm. Finally, new breeding methods will be developed and evaluated for their socio-economic impact. A robust bioinformatics platform enabling efficient association analyses and breeder friendly access to the data will also be established.


Jacques Le Gouis
Emmanuelle Lagendijk
UMR INRA-UBP "Génétique Diversité et Ecophysiologie des Céréales" - GDEC - Clermont-Ferrand (Centre INRA Clermont-Ferrand Theix)
UR INRA "Biopolymères Interactions Assemblages" - BIA - Nantes (Centre INRA Nantes)
US INRA "Etude du Polymorphisme des Génomes Végétaux" - EPGV - Evry (Centre INRA Versailles - Grignon)
UPR INRA "Centre National de Ressources Génomiques Végétales" - CNRGV - Castanet-Tolosan (Centre INRA Toulouse)
UMR INRA-UPS-CNRS "Génétique Végétale" - GV - Le Moulon (Centre INRA Versailles - Grignon)
UR INRA "Génomique Info" - URGI - Versailles (centre INRA Versailles-Grignon)
UR INRA "Biologie gestion des risques en agriculture - champignons pathogènes des plantes" - BIOGER-CPP - Thiverval-Grignon (Centre INRA Versailles-Grignon)
UMR INRA-UPMF "Laboratoire d´Economie Appliquée de Grenoble" - GAEL - Saint Martin d'Hères (Centre INRA PACA)
UMR INRA-UBI-UBII "Biologie du Fruit et Pathologie" - BF - Villenave d'Ornon (Centre INRA Bordeaux)
UMR INRA-AgroParisTech "Écologie fonctionnelle et écotoxicologie des agroécosystèmes" - ECOSYS - Thiverval - Grignon (Centre INRA Versailles - Grignon)
UMR INRA-UA "Environnement Méditerranéen et Modélisation des Agro-Hydrosystèmes" - EMMAH - Avignon (Centre INRA PACA)
UMR INRA-AgroParisTech "Agronomie" - Agronomie - Thiverval-Grignon (Centre INRA Versailles-Grignon)
LIMOS UMR UPB - CNRS "Laboratoire d´Informatique, de Modélisation et d´Optimisation des Systèmes" - LIMOS - Clermont-Ferrand
Arvalis - Institut du végétal
Groupe d´Etude et de contrôle des Variétés Et des Semences - GEVES
Florimond Desprez
Limagrain Europe
Syngenta France SAS
Agri-Obtentions S.A.
SARL Adrien MOMONT & fils
Caussade Semences
Bayer SAS
Secobra Recherches SAS
Céréales Vallée
Conception Pulsar Informatique