Versailles Arabidopsis Stock Center

Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin

The Versailles Arabidopsis Stock Center provides seeds useful to the international research community. It is based in Versailles (France), at the Jean-Pierre Bourgin Institute (IJPB) of the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA).

Seed stocks available for distribution include:

  • 54915 T-DNA insertion lines corresponding to 46236 Flanking Sequence Tags (FST)
  • more than 600 natural accessions (ecotypes)
  • 262 F2 mapping populations
  • 16 Recombinant Inbred Line (RIL) populations
  • 3 nearly-isogenic line sets (HIF: Heterogeneous Inbred Family)
  • a panel of epigenetic recombinant inbred lines (epiRIL)
  • 56 cytolines
  • a collection of homozygous EMS mutant lines (HEM) described in Capilla-Perez, L., Solier, V., Portemer, V., Chambon, A., Hurel, A., Guillebaux, A., … Mercier, R. (2018). The HEM Lines: A New Library of Homozygous Arabidopsis thaliana EMS Mutants and its Potential to Detect Meiotic Phenotypes. Frontiers in Plant Science, 9, 1339.
  • 800 families of French natural accessions described in Brachi et al. (Investigation of the geographical scale of adaptive phenological variation and its underlying genetics in Arabidopsis thaliana. Molecular Ecology (2013) 22, 4222–4240) for which seeds are available on request at

Building-up and preservation of seed stocks are conducted according to defined protocols. Backups of stocks are maintained to ensure preservation. An identifying number is assigned to each seed batch and is associated to a barcode that allows a computerized follow-up from sowing to distribution.