GEVES is an official organisation for variety evaluation and seed testing. It is recognised both nationally and internationally for its in-depth and innovative expertise across all cultivated plant species.
GEVES, the French Variety and Seed Study and Control Group, has three official missions:
GEVES is also responsible for the national coordination of plant genetic resources for the Ministry of Agriculture.
GEVES is designated as the National Reference Laboratory for:
In addition to these missions, GEVES is an internationally renowned centre of expertise for plant and seed related activities. This includes involvement in research activities, management of genetic resources, and specialised training courses. GEVES also monitors a national network of laboratories for seed analysis.
GEVES makes its specialised expertise openly available to the plant and seed sectors, providing high-quality services to a range of private customers. Please consult our price list for more information.
GEVES is a public interest group founded from 3 partner organisations :
This unique set-up ensures GEVES’s independence and neutrality in carrying out its activities for the benefit of the public. The union of state, research, and sector expertise ensures that all factors of the sector are fully taken into account.
GEVES is headed by its Managing Director, Mr Alain TRIDON, and its President, Mr Christian HUYGHE.
The Board of Directors monitors GEVES’s activities and its management. It is composed of a Government Commissioner, a State Controller, and 13 members:
GEVES is organised internally into three operating divisions for its technical activities (Seed testing, Variety testing, and Molecular biology and biochemistry). It also has a support department that provides finance, HR and IT support, as well as the executive management and its related services.
1884 Creation of National Seed Testing Station (SNES)
1905 First French law on seed trade
1932 Creation of Official French Catalogue for species and varieties
1942 Creation of CTPS
1961 Signature of Paris Convention and creation of UPOV
1971 Creation of GEVES as a department of INRA
1972 Creation of European Common Catalogue
1989 GEVES becomes a Public Interest Group
1993 SNES relocates to Beaucouzé
GEVES Head Office relocates from Versailles to Anjou, a leading French region for plant research and production
CPOV becomes INOV (National Office for plant breeders’ rights) and relocates to GEVES Head Office at Beaucouzé .
GEVES is accorded the mission of coordination of plant genetic resources by the Ministry of Agriculture
Participation in national and international cooperation is a top priority for GEVES. Through its missions and its position in the industry, GEVES works in partnership with numerous organisations, scientific partners, and industry professionals. In particular, GEVES contributes to the activities of UPOV and ISTA, and exchanges regularly with the European Community Plant Variety Office.
Official Bodies (variety registration and protection, seed quality analysis, research projects)
Industry professionals (associations, research institutes)
Our scientific partnerships are coordinated by GEVES's Scientific Coordination department.
In Europe, the seed trade is regulated by EU directives, and internationally it is governed by the ISTA rules. GEVES is actively involved at an international level in developing the methods and protocols of ISTA, UPOV and ISHI and also shares knowledge and expertise with its international counterparts. This involvement makes it faster and easier to introduce new methods and ensures that the conditions of seed production in France are taken into account.
As regards plant variety testing, GEVES maintains close partnerships with a wide variety of international organisations, in particular with EU institutions such as the CPVO. This collaboration is a top priority for GEVES, allowing partners to promote knowledge exchange, enhance collaborative research, and tackle international challenges together.
Posted 03/13/2017 | Last modification 03/03/2020
In view of the French government's lockdown measures relating to COVID-19, GEVES’s activities have been significantly altered and our staff are working from home wherever possible. GEVES is currently maintaining its official missions which cannot be deferred.
In order for us to meet your demand as efficiently as possible, please contact us by email rather than postal mail.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with your usual GEVES contact by email or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you can get through this time as calmly as possibly. Stay healthy, and stay in touch.