GEVES concentrates on applied research, with projects aimed at developing, improving, and harmonizing methods for seed quality analysis and plant variety testing at a national, European and international level. Our research activities can be divided into three main areas: performance and value of new plant varieties, variety description, and seed quality. These activities draw on GEVES’s expertise in phenotyping, pathology, molecular biology and data science.
The changing and more diverse agricultural conditions, together with changing growing conditions (linked to climate change) in France, has led to a reflection on how to assess the performance and value of new varieties. Existing testing structures and methods need to be adapted to obtain more pertinent data.
One of the main regulatory missions of GEVES is to provide an official description of the candidate variety of field crops, vegetables, fruit and ornamental plants.
The traditional method used to create this description is through in-field observation of the candidate variety at different stages of growth, for example the shape of leaves, the color of the flower, height of plant, shape of fruit.
To supplement traditional methods, molecular markers can be used with phenotyping tools.
GEVES carries out research activities aiming to improve seed testing with regard to purity, germination, and seed health. These activities draw on the expertise of GEVES agents in the domains of seed biology, physiology, phenotyping, pathology, and molecular biology, with a view to achieving a more detailed characterisation of seed quality.
GEVES’s research activities are carried out in partnership with various actors as part of national and international programs, and in the context of method improvement (contracted projects, international projects for optimised protocols, preliminary studies before developing new methods, developments, improvements, transfer, harmonisation of existing methods and validation for international recognition).
The Scientific Committee supports and advises GEVES in its policies and research projects. It plays a key role in providing insight into domains related to GEVES’s missions.
The Scientific Committee is composed of eight external scientists from GEVES’s different partnerships, who work in different domains of plant science:
Posted 11/24/2017 | Last modification 02/18/2019