Correspondent Profile

National Correspondent Name: Sergio J. OCHATT
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Organisation:UMR 1347 Agroécologie, AgroSup/INRA/uB, Pôle GEAPSI, Laboratoire de Physiologie Cellulaire, Morphogenèse et Validation (PCMV), 17 rue Sully, BP 86510, F-21065 DIJON FRANCE – - Tel. (00)33-380-693-161 - Fax (00)33-380-693-263 - Cell. (00)33-629-523-743
Number of Members: So far 7 (updating in progress)
IAPB related activities if any that you organise within your country/region e.g local meetings: Any other comments that you feel are appropriate for our audience.A French consortium with yearly meetings called RegenCrop (2013-2017, coordinated by Dr. P. Hilson, IJPB, INRA Versailles) focused on plant in vitro culture, regeneration, transformation and gene editing. It included 53 members belonging to the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA),  the Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD) and the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD). In addition, the French Association of Seed Growers (AFS) includes a section on “In Vitro culture” headed by Dr. J. Perrotte (Fraise Concept) that also meets once per year. We are reinitiating the French activities for IAPB since 2017. There are a number of private companies applying in vitro culture for plant breeding.
Conferences/events/meetings that you plan on attending this year or early next year: IAPB Symposium Dublin 2018
A short piece about the plant science sector/industry in your country:
RegenCrop included 28 laboratories from most of the academic French labs involved in plant in vitro culture research. The species studied include, in a scrambled order: cotton, poplar, bread and durum wheat, rice, Brachypodium distachyon, Pearl millet, sorghum, maize, Miscanthus sinensis, tomato, potato, pepper, pea, faba bean, Medicago truncatula, Citrus, oil and date palms, moss (Physcomitrella patens), apple, pear, rapeseed, coffee, melon, Arabidopsis thaliana, strawberry, rosebush, strawberry, sunflower, and banana.