The National Institute for Agrarian and Veterinarian Research (INIAV) is the State Laboratory of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Rural Development, that develops research activities in the agricultural and veterinary fields. It has the task of carrying out scientific and policy research to support public policies, while defending the national interests and the deepening of European common policies. Additionally, INIAV provides laboratory services and scientific and technical support to farmers and industry. Its National Reference Laboratories perform official analysis in the fields of Plant Health, Animal Health, Food, and Feed Safety. Moreover, the preservation and management of the plant and animal germplasm databases as well as of the national collections of reference are also included in INIAV responsibilities.
INIAV is the Partner 5 of SmartProtect and participates in WP1 to WP5. Their main expertise is on crop protection, plant nutrition, and plant physiology and their focus is on horticultural crops (Brassicas) in open field and greenhouse.