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History: from the creation of SYSAAF to today

1952 : At the initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture, poultry farmers are grouped in a technical structure: the Syndicat National des Aviculteurs Agréés (SNAA), to promote a quantitative improvement of their production, and to progress in zootechnics, genetic and health conditions.

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1979 : The SNAA affirms its vocation of Research and Development by providing technical support to the companies of selection, transferring its technical services, it becomes the SYSAF (Syndicat des Sélectionneurs Avicoles Français), gradually extending its scope to all poultry species.

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1990: Audit of the potential for the implementation of rational genetic breeding programmes in rainbow trout at the request of the Ministry of Agriculture (dpe) in consultation with INRA.

1991 : Called upon by the aquaculture profession, the INRA and the public authorities who wish to organize genetic improvement in the production of fresh water salmonids, the SYSAF creates an aquaculture section, becoming the SYSAAF (Syndicat des Sélectionneurs Avicoles et Aquacoles Français).

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1993 : At the request of various marine hatchery companies, SYSAAF opens its services to marine fish farming, with the approval of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and by establishing a close collaboration with IFREMER.

1996 : Introduction of genetic data processing software, INFAVI.

2001 : At the request of the shellfish hatcheries whose production is growing strongly, SYSAAF is once again expanding its field of activity with several shellfish species.

2003 : Creation of computer software for genetic processing specific to aquaculture species, INFAQUA

2008 : Support for selection for ecological restoration of wildlife, such as sturgeon and salmon.

2011 : SYSAAF expands its scope to include shrimp.

2013: Creation of a national cryobank for aquaculture species in partnership with INRAE, IFREMER and Cryobank.

2015 : Arrival of the genomics, and creation of the new platform, Fortior-Genetics which enables challenges to pathogens to improve disease resistance in fish in partnership with ANSES

2019 : Following the request of various companies, the SYSAAF expands its activity to insects, with the black soldier fly. Creation of the SpecGen platform in partnership with the CNRS and the SIR platform of the University Rennes-1 which allows working on phenotypes of new characters of interest.

2021 : Arrival of Machine Learning.    

Pour en savoir plus sur le SYSAAF, voir les faits marquants de l'histoire du SYSAAF  ainsi que  le  témoignage de Paul Stevens , 1er directeur du SYSAAF