The geographic position of the island is strategic because it offers a privileged access to a very large range of tropical plants while staying on the French territory, allowing PAT to comply with the Nagoya protocol that regulates the use of genetic resources of the planet and the associated traditional knowledge. Some strong complementarities between the Saint-Pierre (Reunion) and the Laronxe (Lunéville) sites must be pointed out. Firstly, it leaves the choice of the cultivation in two different climates that can affect the plant’s growing circle. On the other hand, it permits, in the south hemisphere, to insure R&D and production activities continuously throughout the year. Therefore, we can anticipate significant reductions of development times and market placements.
The PAT Zerbaz research and development program, with the participation of a Reunion University laboratory (ARMEFLHOR), and the Horticole Society of Bassin Plat was labelled by the Qualitropic competitive cluster in 2014 and is subject to a financial support demand towards the Reunion region. While contributing to preserve the natural heritage, PAT Zerbaz participates in the economic development of the Aromatic and Medicinal Plant’s Reunion branch (PAPAM) by offering high value opportunities thanks to industrial partnerships already established in the cosmetic, agrochemical and pharmaceutical fields on the national and international plan.
Contact: Henri Beaudemoulin