The Joint Research Unit AGAP is under the supervision of three research and higher education organizations: CIRAD, INRA and Montpellier SupAgro.
Agents from the French Institute of Vine and Wine (IFV) and the National Mediterranean Botanical Conservatory of Porquerolles (CBN) also participate in Agap.
In order to take up the challenges facing Mediterranean and tropical agriculture, the Agap Unit seeks to combine a wide diversity of skills, approaches and resources for cultivated plants that are better suited to diverse agrosystems.
The Agap Unit employs 400 people, including 300 permanent staff. Half are senior scientists and the Unit hosts PhD students and researchers, especially from the South. Most of the staff work in mainland and overseas France, and abroad as expatriates on partners’ premises.
The Agap Unit is organized in scientific teams and is also involved in platforms. This overall set-up results in multiple exchanges between scientists, with technical laboratory facilities, and with field resources and collections of genetic resources. It is part of the Labex Agro (Agropolis) local network and the Géno-Vigne® joint technological unit.
Research is undertaken by 14 teams working with different technologies on a wide range of tropical and Mediterranean plants.
They are organized around three thematic fields of research:
- Diversities & Genomes: structure, domestication, environments, societies
- Development and adaptation of plants and stands
- Integrative approaches for varietal innovation