Coordination secretariat

The Alliance-Bioversity International-CIAT operates a small Secretariat for the overall coordination of MusaNet, with the following responsibilities:

  • Provide support to Thematic Groups and Expert Committee to ensure that agreed workplans are carried out.
  • Facilitate communication through the MusaNet website and email list server for each Thematic Group and Expert Committee.
  • Gather and distribute information and provide progress reports on a regular basis
  • Initiate ad hoc activities in accordance with Expert Committee’s guidance
  • Organizing Thematic Group and Expert Committee meetings
  • Raise public awareness about MusaNet, its goal and activities

Currently the Coordination Secretariat is composed of the following Alliance staff:

Nicolas Roux, MusaNet Coordinator
Rachel Chase, Assistant Coordinator

Parc Scientific Agropolis II
1990 Boulevard de la Lironde
34397 Montpellier Cedex 5, France
Email: musanetsecretariat@

Additional role of the Alliance Bioversity International-CIAT

The Alliance Bioversity International-CIAT will also contribute to MusaNet with the following:

  • Provide scientific and technical advice on issues discussed and debated in the Thematic Groups and Expert Committee.
  • Provide information of genetic resources through the management of the Musa Germplasm Information System (MGIS).
  • Contribute to the global system by ensuring the cost-effective long-term conservation and management of the global collection of Musa genetic resources held in trust in the global public domain at the International Transit Centre (ITC).
  • Processing germplasm for virus pre-indexing; therapy; indexing and genetic integrity monitoring via ITC.
  • Contribute to scientific publications.