Created in 2007, the Thematic Network for Advanced Research (in french, RTRA) “Agricultural research and sustainable development, global South and Mediterranean” in Montpellier is a network of excellence with global visibility on the plant sciences, bringing together research and higher education teams working at different levels of integration (from genes to systems). It combines approaches that associate the technical sciences with the social sciences and links European, Mediterranean and tropical issues, with a view to providing a first class French contribution to the challenges mentioned above, with priority to global food security and poverty eradication.
Plants are the common thread of this highly finalised network of excellence that is structured around two closely linked research areas:
This thematic Network for Advanced Research was launched by three public institutions for agricultural research and higher education, CIRAD, INRA and Montpellier SupAgro, which were joined the following year by IRD.
It draws on the international reputation of French Mediterranean and tropical agronomy, the strong structuring dynamics that have emerged within the Agropolis hub in recent years, and the resolute commitment of the founding organisations to economic activity and development, in France and internationally.