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Partner 2: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)


                                            Key Staff Involved in 3SR:
Carole Moreno
Rachel Rupp (WP2 Leader)
Loys Bodin (WP4 Leader)
Philippe Mulsant
Kamila Tabet Aoul
Thomas Faraut
Nathalie Mandonnet
Gilles Foucras
Philippe Jacquiet
Séverine Boullier
Christophe Klopp
                                          3SR Involvement:
WP2 Leader
WP4 Leader

Department of Animal Genetics

The mission of the Animal Genetics department of INRA is to study the genetic control of important traits in livestock production, contributing to knowledge of animal integrative biology, and to develop methods and tools for genetic improvement and conservation of livestock populations. The three laboratories involved in the project (SAGA, LGC and URZ), have a long experience of collaboration on projects studying QTL and major genes for reproduction and disease resistance traits.

  1. SAGA (Station d'Amélioration Génétique des Animaux) studies quantitative genetics applied to many species, particularly small ruminants. SAGA is involved in organising national sheep selection programmes and international recording schemes for dairy sheep level (International Committee for Animal Recording). SAGA has access to several experimental facilities and national genetic databases.

  2. The LGC (Laboratoire de Génétique Cellulaire) laboratory focuses on structural and functional analysis of the genome of farm animal species, including genetic and mapping and comparative genomics; functional analyses; genetic diversity (pig, poultry); mapping of QTL and major genes; computer analysis and comparisons of sequences (DNA, RNA, proteins); mathematical models and population genetics. LGC is responsible of the Genomic Platform (PLAGE) of the Genopole de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées. 

  3. The Tropical Animal Production Unit (URZ) aims to develop production systems appropriate for local plant and animal resources, focussing on animal nutrition and animal genetics and breeding. Resources include 1000 head Creole goat flock and divergent Creole goat lines selected for increased and decreased nematode resistance. The URZ unit has longterm and successful collaboration with breeders and extension organisations in the French overseas departments.

Department of Animal Health

The Department of Animal Health of INRA develops research in animal health, infection and disease prevention, epidemiology and microbiological food safety. The general objectives are linked with major issues of husbandry and with society's expectations. The IHAP (Interactions Hotes agents Pathogènes) laboratory is a joint Research Unit (UMR1225) between the Animal Health department of INRA and the National Veterinary School of Toulouse (ENVT). IHAP includes 5 research groups with around 60 permanent staff and 20 researchers under contract and trainees.

The main research areas concern of IHAP are:

  • Physiopathology and genetic analysis of interaction mechanisms between animal hosts and pathogen agents in bacterial infections (Excherichia coli, Mycoplasma, Staphylococcus), viral infections (poxviruses, polyomaviruses, respiratory syncytial virus), prion diseases (scrapie) and parasitic infections (nematodes).
  • Applications including the development of vaccines attenuated by mutation of the pathogen agents, vector vaccines and host response analysis (mucosal immunity in particular).
  • Implication of pathogen agents under study in terms of animal and human infection epidemiology and food safety.

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