Ongoing project (2012-2020) involving 15 french partners (http://www.genius-project.fr/)
GENIUS is an ANR funded project gathering a consortium of 15 public & private partners. Its aim is to provide French researchers and plant breeders with state of the
art know-how and the biological material for precise genome modifications in a variety of crop species, laying the basis for high throughput functional genomics and efficient plant breeding. INRA Orléans is a partner involved in the forest tree section.
If successful, the project GENIUS (Genome ENgineering Improvement for Useful plants of a Sustainable agriculture) will provide French researchers and plant breeders with state of the art know-how, the necessary biological material and connected intellectual property rights for precise genome modifications in a variety of crop species, laying the basis for high throughput functional genomics and efficient plant breeding. The biological material produced in case studies will either be brought directly to the seed market or first undergo trait optimisation. The technical information and ethical framework provided to French citizens and decision makers may ultimately lead to a reduced regulatory burden for risk assessors and applicants. To reach these goals, in an unprecedented effort, GENIUS has assembled a consortium of 15 public and private partners – 10 public research units in biological or social sciences with 6 biotechnology and seed companies. This consortium will create synergy between field- or species-oriented entities into a technology-oriented community.
For an access to a project presentation : http://www.genius-project.fr/images/News/Genius-A4-UK.pdf