Know more

About cookies

What is a "cookie"?

A "cookie" is a piece of information, usually small and identified by a name, which may be sent to your browser by a website you are visiting. Your web browser will store it for a period of time, and send it back to the web server each time you log on again.

Different types of cookies are placed on the sites:

  • Cookies strictly necessary for the proper functioning of the site
  • Cookies deposited by third party sites to improve the interactivity of the site, to collect statistics

Learn more about cookies and how they work

The different types of cookies used on this site

Cookies strictly necessary for the site to function

These cookies allow the main services of the site to function optimally. You can technically block them using your browser settings but your experience on the site may be degraded.

Furthermore, you have the possibility of opposing the use of audience measurement tracers strictly necessary for the functioning and current administration of the website in the cookie management window accessible via the link located in the footer of the site.

Technical cookies

Name of the cookie


Shelf life

CAS and PHP session cookies

Login credentials, session security



Saving your cookie consent choices

12 months

Audience measurement cookies (AT Internet)

Name of the cookie


Shelf life


Trace the visitor's route in order to establish visit statistics.

13 months


Store the anonymous ID of the visitor who starts the first time he visits the site

13 months


Identify the numbers (unique identifiers of a site) seen by the visitor and store the visitor's identifiers.

13 months

About the AT Internet audience measurement tool :

AT Internet's audience measurement tool Analytics is deployed on this site in order to obtain information on visitors' navigation and to improve its use.

The French data protection authority (CNIL) has granted an exemption to AT Internet's Web Analytics cookie. This tool is thus exempt from the collection of the Internet user's consent with regard to the deposit of analytics cookies. However, you can refuse the deposit of these cookies via the cookie management panel.

Good to know:

  • The data collected are not cross-checked with other processing operations
  • The deposited cookie is only used to produce anonymous statistics
  • The cookie does not allow the user's navigation on other sites to be tracked.

Third party cookies to improve the interactivity of the site

This site relies on certain services provided by third parties which allow :

  • to offer interactive content;
  • improve usability and facilitate the sharing of content on social networks;
  • view videos and animated presentations directly on our website;
  • protect form entries from robots;
  • monitor the performance of the site.

These third parties will collect and use your browsing data for their own purposes.

How to accept or reject cookies

When you start browsing an eZpublish site, the appearance of the "cookies" banner allows you to accept or refuse all the cookies we use. This banner will be displayed as long as you have not made a choice, even if you are browsing on another page of the site.

You can change your choices at any time by clicking on the "Cookie Management" link.

You can manage these cookies in your browser. Here are the procedures to follow: Firefox; Chrome; Explorer; Safari; Opera

For more information about the cookies we use, you can contact INRAE's Data Protection Officer by email at or by post at :


24, chemin de Borde Rouge -Auzeville - CS52627 31326 Castanet Tolosan cedex - France

Last update: May 2021

Menu Logo Principal INRAE CIRAD IRD

Home page

The animal pillar is involved in the IMAGE research project

European H2020 IMAGE project
The IMAGE project for "Innovative Management of GEnetic resources" brings together 28 partners including 4 non-European institutions. Its aim is to improve the quality and socio-economic value of genetic resources conserved by cryobanks and biological resource centers for farm animals. It relies on genomics and bioinformatics to better characterize these resources and rationalize their conservation.
Context and issues

IMAGE responds to the topic SFS-7-2014/2015 "Genetic resources and agricultural diversity for food security, productivity and resilience". The European States invest in cryobanks whose operation should be harmonized and whose quality and use of conserved resources should be improved, for the development of sustainable breeding. The opening to third countries was encouraged. The experience acquired with the PIA CRB-Anim was an obvious asset that allowed INRA to take the initiative to coordinate the response to the topic SFS-7-2014/2015 with a final submission on June 12, 2015.


Initially thought in partnership with the WUR, the consortium has gradually grown to associate 11 universities, 9 research institutions, 3 SMEs and 3 NGOs from 14 European countries, to which are added FAO, INRA Transfert, but also 2 North African countries (Egypt, Morocco) and 2 South American countries (Argentina, Colombia). It was accepted for a total budget of €7M and started on March 1, 2016. The work program includes: 1 workpackage (WP) dedicated to stakeholder involvement and socio-economic issues (coordination Austria) , 1 WP dedicated to the operation of cryobanks and CRBs (coordination Netherlands), 1 WP dedicated to reproductive biotechnologies, in particular in chicken and pig (coordination INRA), 1 WP dedicated to the production and analysis of genomic data, in particular for bovine, sheep, pigs and poultry (chicken) (Netherlands coordination), 1 work package dedicated to data integration and the provision of a toolbox for breeders (Italy coordination), 1 work package dedicated to methodological developments in population genetics (Germany coordination), 1 work package for dissemination and training (Portugal coordination) and 1 work package for management (INRA and INRA Transfert coordination)
The kick-off meeting gathered 50 participants from 12 countries on May 19-20, 2016 in Paris.  It allowed each of the 7 research WPs to specify its actions for the 1st year.


The impacts of IMAGE are expected at 3 levels:
    - Scientific: search for adaptive traits in local populations and identification of unfavorable variants at the origin of inbreeding depression, prediction of fertility of gametes stored in cryobank.
    - Technological: harmonization of sample banking protocols and rationalization of collections, facilitated access to multiple data sources.
    - Applied: protocols for reintroducing diversity into populations, assignment of individuals or their products to a breed, implementation of ABS regulations.

See also

References bibliographiques

Tixier-Boichard M., 2016. IMAGE: a project for animal genetic resources. Pan European Networks – Special report

More informations