About Us


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.

Official Missions

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:

  • Detection of GMOS in maize (seeds) and soya, rapeseed and flax (seeds and vegetative parts)
  • Quality testing of seeds and propagating material


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 Ambition 2030: GEVES sets out its strategy for the next 10 years

In the current fast-evolving climate, defining a strategy for the next ten years was an important step to strengthen the coherence and efficiency of GEVES’s activities, to help prioritise them, and to adapt them to the realities of tomorrow. This strategy is the result of a collective reflection resulting from numerous internal contributions, external interviews conducted with various public and private partners, and exchanges with the GEVES Board of Directors, which approved the strategy on 8 July 2020. GEVES Ambition 2030 expresses GEVES’’s commitment to contribute to the excellence of the plant and seed sector in the support of the agricultural and ecological transition at national, EU and international level.


GEVES is a public interest group founded from 3 partner organisations :

  • The French National Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research (INRAe)
  • The French Ministry of Agriculture (MAAF)
  • The French National Interprofessional Organisation for Seeds and Plants (Semae)

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.

Governing Bodies

GEVES is headed by its Managing Director, Mr Alain TRIDON, and its President, Mr Patrick FLAMMARION.

The Board of Directors monitors GEVES’s activities and its management. It is composed of a Government Commissioner, a State Controller, and 13 members:

  • 6 representatives from INRAe
  • 2 representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture
  • 2 representatives from Semae
  • 2 staff representatives from GEVES
  • The President of the CTPS
  • The Chairman of GEVES : Patrick Flammarion
  • The CEO of GEVES : Alain Tridon

Organisational Structure

GEVES is organised internally into three operating divisions for its technical activities (Seed testingVariety 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.

In addition, GEVES provides the CTPS and INOV with offices and employees for its administrative activities.

For more information, please consult the Organisation Chart and the Map of Locations.


  • 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

  • 1985

    GEVES becomes a full-fledged department of INRA

  • 1989

    GEVES becomes a Public Interest Group

  • 1993

    SNES relocates to Beaucouzé

  • 2009

    GEVES Head Office relocates from Versailles to Anjou, a leading French region for plant research and production

  • 2012

    CPOV becomes INOV (National Office for plant breeders’ rights) and relocates to GEVES Head Office at Beaucouzé

  • 2016

    GEVES is accorded the mission of coordination of plant genetic resources by the Ministry of Agriculture

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National and International Partners

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.

National Partners

Official Bodies (variety registration and protection, seed quality analysis, research projects)

Industry professionals (associations, research institutes)

  • French Interprofessional Group for Seeds and Plants (Semae)
  • French Union of Seed Companies (UFS)
  • French National Federation of Seed Growers (FNAMS)
  • Research institutes: Arvalis plant institute, Terres Inovia, the French Technical Institute for Beet (ITB), the French Research Institute for Organic Farming (ITAB).

Our scientific partnerships are coordinated by GEVES’s Scientific Coordination department.

International Partners

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 ISTAUPOV 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.