Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria OA MP
— INIA —
The National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA) is an autonomous Public Research Organisation of the Ministry of Science and Innovation. It's the only public research organisation of the National State Administration exclusively dedicated to agrifood and forestry research. INIA's mission, in coordination with the equivalent institutions of the Autonomous Regions is to contribute to continuous and sustainable progress through development of environmentally friendly technologies. Its priority objectives are to satisfy the new research demands on agricultural, livestock and forestry production, mitigate the effects of global change and contribute to food safety and the fight against hunger in line with the Objectives of the Millennium. INIA carries out an important role in the dissemination of knowledge through publication of books, monographs, etc. Of special interest is publication of two scientific international journals: Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research and Forest Systems. The National Plant Genetic Resources Centre of the INIA (CRF-INIA) coordinates the network of collections of the Spanish Programme for the conservation and sustainable utilization on Plant Genetic Resources, maintains safety duplicates (base collection) of all seed collections of the Spanish network of genebanks, and manages active collections of cereals and legumes.
Role within AGENT
The CRF-INIA is the national institution responsible for the conservation and documentation of the barley and wheat collections of genetic resources. The research group involved in the project, which includes a researcher of the Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics of the INIA, has experience in documentation, genotyping, characterisation and drought evaluation of genetic resources. INIA participates specially in work packages 2, 3 and 7.