French Poultry and Aquaculture Breeders Association
Created in 1952 under the name of SNAA, the SYSAAF is a non-profit professional association (French Law 1884) which groups together companies developing rational programs of genetic improvement and-or management applied to poultry, fish and oyster species. In 2010, 39 companies were SYSAAF' member, among which, 19 belonged to the poultry sector. As a research and development organization exercising its activity by delegation of ITAVI, SYSAAF is a unique contributor in France in the domains of selection and genetic management of brood stocks, as wel as in reproduction biotechnologies. Its technical service, consisting of 13 engineers, contribute to set up efficient company's genetic selection programs, to provide technical support on day-to-day activites, as well as to implement innovative technologies in response o our member's needs. SYSAAF have developed wide expertise and cupting tools allowing an optimized management of brood stocks. In this context, SYSAAF' staff performs yearly genetic evaluation for more than 120 lines of 22 species altogether, of which 10 poultry species.It's known-how in reproduction biotechnology and semen cryopreservation also allwed the development of the French avian and fish cryobanks, providing the professionals a way to secure their brood stocks.
Innovation implementation is achieved by careful thinking and management of its research and development projects, in synergy with the research activities of scientists from different research organisms; mainly INRA and IFREMER, but also CNRS, IRSTEA, CIRAD and university laboratories. Our collaborations also imply other actors of the research and development sector for specific services. By working within the framework of a collective approach, SYSAAF thus plays a key role within the French poultry and aquaculture sectors.