IGA was founded in 2006 by four scientists from the University of Udine. Initially, IGA focused on genome sequencing projects of crop species. The genome of grapevine, citrus, peach, olive, coffee and Norway spruce were sequenced and assembled at IGA as part of international collaborative projects.
With the revolution of NextGen sequencing technology, IGA has expanded its research into the fields of genetic diversity, genome biology, and other innovative solutions for agriculture. The range of plant species investigated has widened to include maize, barley, wheat, melons, sweet cherries, and the poplar and conifer species.
Since 2009, its subsidiary IGA-Tech offers customized services for NextGen Sequencing and Data Analysis in all living organisms and biological systems. The latest investments in technology and the involvement in flagship national projects put IGA at the forefront of metagenomics and epigenomics.