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Presentation and missions of the Ploufragan-Plouzané-Niort Laboratory

Director: Nicolas Eterradossi

Deputy Directors: Nicolas Rose and Benoît Charvet

The laboratory has four sites:

  • Two in Ploufragan: ANSES, BP 53, 41 rue de Beaucemaine, 22440 Ploufragan and ANSES, BP 53, 31 rue des Fusillés, 22440 Ploufragan
  • A site in Plouzané: ANSES, Technopôle Brest Iroise, Site Ifremer, CS 10070, 29280 Plouzané
  • A site in Niort: ANSES, 60 rue Pied de fond, CS 28440, 79024 Niort cedex, France

Team: 204 employees spread out across eight research units, one joint technology unit, three experimental departments, one administrative and financial department, one quality management department. 


The laboratory has 204 employees, of whom half are scientists and the other half are technicians or technical and administrative staff, in over 11,000 m² of laboratory space, meeting L2 and L3 microbiological containment standards.

The laboratory's work focuses on the poultry, rabbit and pig (Ploufragan), freshwater and saltwater fish (Plouzané and Ploufragan) and ruminant (Niort) sectors.

The laboratory resulted from the merger of the Ploufragan laboratory with that of Plouzané in 2006, and then with that of Niort in 2018. These three laboratories were themselves part of different departmental applied research structures (experimental poultry station and swine diseases station for Ploufragan, "goat" branch of the Deux-Sèvres departmental veterinary laboratory for Niort) or belonged to veterinary services (fish diseases laboratory for Plouzané). These different structures were incorporated into the National Centre for Veterinary and Food Studies (CNEVA) in 1989 and then into the French Food Safety Agency (AFSSA) in 1998, which became ANSES in 2010.

Its research and reference activities require great proficiency in advanced techniques in numerous disciplines, such as bacteriology, virology, immunology, parasitology, molecular biology, epidemiology, animal behaviour and ecotoxicology. They have a fourfold purpose:

  • Animal health,
  • Animal welfare,
  • Food safety,
  • Worker health.

It has high-level technical facilities to carry out these activities, including ANSES's national high-speed sequencing platform.

Supported by local authorities (urban, departmental, regional) on its various sites, the laboratory focuses on conducting high-level, interdisciplinary and integrative applied research, in line with the needs of its supervisory ministries, the risk assessment departments within ANSES, and the sectors and inter-professional bodies involved in animal production or the food industry.

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The laboratory's units


Three experimental departments:

  • Department for breeding and experimentation in poultry and rabbits (SELEAC)   
  • Department for production of specific-pathogen-free pigs and experimentation (SPPAE)
  • VIMEP Unit for experimentation in farmed fish



Several technical or professional partners contribute to the laboratory's work through framework agreements – GDS France in Niort, French Poultry and Aquaculture Breeders Technical Centre (SYSAAF) in Plouzané – or through the Sanivol joint technology unit, created in partnership with the Technical Institute for Poultry Farming (ITAVI) at the Ploufragan site. 

The laboratory is also one of the components of the AgriFood-Transition Carnot Institute, which brings together 17 research establishments and agri-food technical centres in Brittany, with the aim of producing research under partnerships to help with the changes taking place in the various agri-food sectors.