What is REFUGE ?
REFUGE (The RicE FUnctional GEnomics platform) is an international hosting platform, based in Montpellier, Agropolis-Lavalette campus, France open to the international plant science community.
REFUGE offers an access to bioinformatic, biological, and molecular resources and know-how allowing hosted scientists, including non rice specialists, to use rice as a model system to elucidate gene function through functional genomics strategies. Hosting of the scientists is typically carried out through one to several visits (from one week to 3 months) on the platform, REFUGE taking care of the materials produced between two visits.
REFUGE wishes to become an experience-sharing site for Scientists from the North and the South.
REFUGE is funded by Agropolis Fondation (http://www.agropolis-fondation.fr/) and set up by the AGAP (http://umr-agap.cirad.fr/) and DIADE (http://www.diade.ird.fr/) units.