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RARe is a research infrastructure included in the national roadmap.

RARe (Ressources Agronomiques pour la Recherche - Agronomic Resources for Research) is a research infrastructure included in the national roadmap, based on five "pillar" networks of Biological Resource Centers (BRCs) that conserve genetic, genomic and biological resources assembled and characterized by agronomic research, as well as the associated data.

Access to a wide range of resources.

The resources conserved by RARe's BRCs are both a heritage, the result of years of research, innovation and development, and an asset for future research aimed at meeting major research challenges, whether fundamental (knowledge of living organisms, individuals or ecosystems, understanding the dynamics of biodiversity) or applied (adaptation to climate change, ecosystem services, food, health, biotechnology).

Five BRC networks conserving genetic, genomic and biological resources assembled and characterized by research:

  • the animal pillar (pets)
  • The environment pillar (complex samples and environmental organisms)
  • The forest pillar (forest trees)
  • The micro-organisms pillar (micro-organisms and microbial communities)
  • The plant pillar (cultivated plants and wild relatives of domesticated plants)

RARe's aim is to enhance the national visibility of the biological resources hosted by the BRCs that make it up, and to facilitate their use by a large number of researchers, from both the agronomic and other communities, at both national and European level.

The ability to maintain a wide range of well-documented resources, to collect new ones, to contribute to their characterization, to distribute them and to manage associated data places RARe's BRCs at the heart of numerous research programs aimed at exploring living organisms and ecosystems, as well as enhancing biodiversity for agriculture and industry, food, the environment and health. The infrastructure stimulates interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary scientific activity in several fields of application.

RARe's added value consists in pooling skills, harmonizing practices, fostering comparative biology projects and offering a single entry portal to facilitate access to well-documented samples, taking into account the regulatory context that varies with the biological nature of the resources, for both health and legal aspects, and with the partnership policies of research organizations. RARe will provide organizational support to its members in implementing the Nagoya Protocol.