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EXPLORING NATURE

Angers is a flagship city for research Angers is a leader in horticulture.
and for training programs
dedicated to plants

Angers is the number 1:
• Training center for plant-based jobs.
• Center for horticultural research Angers
with its 450 scientists and experts.


INNOVATION
• The “Campus du Végétal” is a community
of stakeholders taking on the plant challenges
of today and tomorrow – to improve crops
and their adaptation to a changing climate.
• Angers is nationally and internationally
renowned for its research projects.
• “Climate-neutral and smart cit ies”: Angers
Loire Métropole is among the 100 European
regions selected for this Horizon Europe
mission.


A REPUTED DESTINATION
FOR PLANT PROFESSIONALS
Its recurring events and trade shows:
The SIVAL (world-class international fair trade
for plant production), the Salon du Végétal, the
Wine trade fairs, “ESAconnect” (AgTech), “Les
Rencontres du végétal” (horticulture) Angers.
Host-City for inter national events:
IHC 2022, Francophone Leguminous Plant Fair
2020, Greensys Symposium 2019 (innovation
for sustainable greenhouses), Chenin Blanc
International Congress 2019, International
Blackcurrant Conference 2018…

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CULTIVATING NATURE

Angers is a leader in horticulture

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ANJOU REGION 

• Among the world leaders in seeds

• Ornamental horticulture and nurseries are ranked number 1 in the country

• 1st in Europe for Hydrangea production

• Renowned business center for medicinal plants (production and marketing)

 

HEADQUARTERS OF MAJOR INSTITUTIONS

• Végépolys Valley, competitiveness cluster - plant sector

• Community Plant Variety Office, European Union agency - EU plant variety rights system

• Variety and seed study and control group– GEVES, French official expert - all cultivated plant species

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SAVOURING NATURE

Angers is a delicious region, hungry for innovation and transition

WELL-KNOWN CROPS
• Creation of new fruit varieties: Ariane and Antarès apples, Angys pears
• Arboriculture: Maine-et-Loire ranks 3rd in France for production
• Loire Valley Vineyards: Internationally known for the Chenin grape variety, a world leader in the domaine

 

SUSTAINABLE FOOD

• Local Food Action Plan: To develop and promote food that is both healthy and locally produced by all and for all.

• Ecological issues: Actors committed to research, training, and planning events.

• Gastronomy Campus: training programs offered in all areas of food, from agriculture to gastronomy, “Farm to fork”, from professional diplomas to PhD programs

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LIVING NATURE

 

Angers is France’s Number 1 “Green City” and is ranked Number 1 for “Quality of Life”.

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NATURE IN A CITY SETTING

• “Tree cities of the world”, Angers is internationally recognized for the sustainable management of its heritage trees.

• Outstanding green spaces: 100 sq. meters of green space per person – that’s double the national average

• Headquarters of Plante & Cité, A national organization dedicated to landscaping and urban agriculture

 

 

LOVING NATURE

•  Terra Botanica, the 1st European theme park dedicated to plants and biodiversity

• In Angers, there is a unique microclimate where Nature is nurtured by the waters of the Loire River and its tributaries giving substance to the expression “la douceur Angevine” (literally “the sweetness of Angevin life”).

•  Angevins take part in the greening of their city through competitions, workshops, and community action…