The "Unité de Recherches en Génomique Info" (URGI, UR1164) is an INRA research unit from the plant breeding department. We both develop tools and acquire knowledge on genome structure, evolution and functioning.
The research goal at URGI is to acquire a better understanding of genome structure, evolution and functioning to help researchers to interpret their data. A focus is made on transposable elements and repeats that appear today to be very pertinent to understand genome evolution and its functioning. Indeed, they play a major role to explain genome size and structure. Transposable elements, viewed for a long time as intra-genomic parasites, are also considered, today, to be at the origin of many essential biological functions such as the immune system, the centromeres, the heterochromatin or the telomerases. Knowledge and data gained are added to the information system increasing the value of deposited data.
The methods and tools developed by this research activity are proposed to the platform users.
The URGI unit host a bioinformatic platform that supports research activity on plant of agronomical interest for INRA.
The platform has a strong expertise in developing pipelines for plants and fungi such as annotation pipelines for genes and transposable elements.